You will need a reliable internet connection, a computer and video camera (built-in or external), a headset, and a quiet, distraction-free area for therapy sessions.
WHY DON'T YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
We prefer to keep our focus on our clients' treatment rather than spend hours jumping through insurance hoops. It is extremely rare for insurance companies to provide coverage for dyslexia and other literacy treatment. While articulation treatment is covered more frequently it varies from one insurance company to another. However, we do provide superbills upon request to submit to your insurance for reimbursement requests.
Is literacy treatment just for dyslexia?
Literacy treatment is for anyone struggling to read or spell . Our curriculum and approach is successful for a variety of literacy difficulties including but not limited to spelling, semantics (word meaning), letter/sound recognition, and blending of sounds for reading.
What literacy/dyslexia program do you use?
We use an evidence-based Orton-Gillingham treatment approach. This structured literacy approach presents skills in a systematic order starting with the most basic skills to the most advanced, it incorporates multisensory learning, it is research-based (backed by science), it utilizes explicit instruction in which literacy rules are clearly explained to clients, it targets specific skills based on client data, it is realistic, and it is easily applied outside of the therapy setting.
Is an SLP qualified to treat dyslexia and other literacy difficulties?
Yes. Dyslexia and other literacy difficulties are language-based. Speech-language pathologists have received graduate level training in multiple components of language. This training includes hundreds of hours of clinical work. Our SLP has over 15 years experience working with children on various language needs.
Why should my child receive literacy treatment from an SLP?
An SLP has received master's level training in treating language-based disorders. Dyslexia and general literacy difficulties are language-based. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) states that dyslexia and literacy treatment is within a speech-language pathologist's scope of practice www.asha.org/policy/PS2001-00104/. By choosing an SLP to deliver literacy intervention you are choosing a highly-qualified professional that can not only deliver treatment but also base that treatment on the results of standardized assessments he or she has administered.
What is articulation?
Articulation refers to sound production and how sounds are produced. While it is normal for children to pronounce sounds incorrectly while young and learning to speak, they should learn to produce them correctly as their speech develops. The age at which children are able to correctly produce or articulate speech sounds differs by speech sound. Refer to this speech development chart www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/ASHA/Practice_Portal/Clinical_Topics/Late_Language_Emergence/Consonant-Acquisition-Chart.pdf to see if your child is correctly articulating all of the sounds that he or she should be for his or her age and gender.
Why should my child receive articulation therapy?
Seeking out and obtaining articulation treatment for your child can increase his or her self-esteem, improve social interactions with peers and others, and increase oral participation in educational or ecclesiastical settings. Without intervention there can be lifelong consequences socially, emotionally, educationally, and occupationally.
At what age should I seek an evaluation and treatment for my child?
As soon as you have concerns regarding your child's speech sound production or literacy difficulties (e.g. difficulty learning letters, letter sounds, reading, etc.) you should seek an evaluation for your child. If your child does need speech therapy, beginning treatment sooner is better than later.
How many sessions will my child need?
Each child is an individual with his or her own speech severity level; each progresses at a different rate. However, the more frequently you practice at home the faster your child will progress. Your child's progress will be closely tracked allowing us to determine his or her rate of progress and the estimated length of therapy needed.