Frequently Asked Questions
What ages does Expressions Speech Serve?
We serve children of all ages. Birth to 21!
Will the therapists come to my home or my child's school?
Yes, but it depends on schedule and location. Our therapists strongly believe that young children learn best in their natural setting. Being at home or school gives therapists a chance to train parents, caregivers, and teachers, which helps children learn and maintain their new communication skills.
Does Expressions Speech utilize Tele-practice?
Yes. Please visit our Telepractice link to find out more about the exciting ways you can receive services through our company. Tele-practice services are fee-based and most likely will not be filed through insurance or Medicaid.
Does Expressions Speech accept Medicaid?
Yes. However, prior authorization from your child's doctor is required before an evaluation can take place. You need to bring the prescription for speech-language services to our office or we will obtain the prescription from your doctor.
Does Expressions Speech accept other types of insurance?
It depends on the carrier and if they cover speech therapy. Please call us to discuss your specific insurer with a member of our staff.
What are the billing options for non-medicaid payments?
Payment is due when services are rendered.
What is the difference between Language and Speech?
Language is the act of putting thoughts into words and then putting the words together to make a coherent word/phrase/sentence/story.
Speech is the motor act of speaking: turning the language that we have come up with in our brains into sounds, words, and sentences that someone else can hear.
A speech disorder refers to a problem with sound production. For example, a child who says "wabbit" instead of "rabbit" almost always has a speech problem, but this will be determined based on their age.
A language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas. For example, a child who almost always says, "this one" when trying to name specific objects may have a language problem.
Who treats speech and language disorders?
A qualified speech language pathologist (also called a speech therapist or language therapist) treats speech and language disorders or a Speech Assistant that is supervised by the SLP. Your therapist must have a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology as well as a license from the state in which they practice (including DC). They may also be certified by the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association (ASHA). Speech Assistants complete a two-year program with emphasis on clinical practice and are supervised.