Q: What is a speech-language pathologist?
A: A speech-language pathologist, also called speech therapists and SLPs, are professionals who work with people of all ages from babies to the elderly in areas of communication, swallowing and memory
Q: What kinds of problems can be helped with speech therapy?
Q: I think my child needs speech therapy but according to their school, he/she doesn't qualify for services. Does that mean he/she won't quality for private speech therapy as well?
A: Public school systems have specific guidelines they must follow, which are mandated by state and/or local governments. These standards are specific and do not allow for school speech therapists to treat many children with speech-language disorders who would benefit from speech therapy. School-based speech language pathologists are excellent therapists, and they provide high quality treatment, but they must function within the confines of school regulations.
Private practice speech therapists are not held to these same stringent regulations. The private practice speech therapist can treat any child who has a communication disorder. The goal of private speech therapy is to help the child master their communication goals as quickly as possible. Private therapy does not require any paperwork be placed in your child's school records unless you as a parent wish for it to be.
Q: What form of payment do you accept?
A: SpeechPath Ohio accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Health Savings Accounts (HSA) funds are eligible for speech therapy. Payment is due at the time of session.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: YES! SpeechPath Ohio contracts with most major insurance companies, including:
Please note, it is the patient's responsibility to verify insurance coverage for speech therapy. The specific terms of each insurance policy is different. There may be restrictions such as the number of sessions per calendar year or coverage only for specific diagnostic codes. There may be deductibles, co-pays or percentage of coverage.
When contacting the insurance company, there are specific important questions that need to be asked:
Does my policy cover speech therapy evaluations and treatments?
What conditions will my insurance specifically cover?
What ICD-10 (diagnosis) codes and CPT (treatment) codes are covered for reimbursement?
What conditions are specifically excluded from treatment?
How many sessions will my insurance cover per calendar year?
Do I have a deductible or co-pay?
Does insurance cover out-of-network therapy services?
Q: Does SpeechPath Ohio offer after school and evening appointments?
Q: Does SpeechPath Ohio treat children on the autism spectrum?
A: Yes. SpeechPath Ohio works with a wide range of challenges for children on the autism spectrum including:
Making clearer speech sounds
Matching emotions with correct facial expressions
Understanding body language
Understanding verbal language
Responding to questions
Matching a picture with meaning
Using technology, such as an iPad or Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) device to increase communication
Modulating tone of voice (prosody)