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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)?

A Speech Language Pathologist also referred to as a “Speech Therapist” is a highly trained professional who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders.

What communication disorders do Speech Language Pathologists treat?

What communication disorders do Speech Language Pathologists treat?
Speech Language Pathologists treat a wide range of communication disorders including, but not limited to:

  • Receptive Language: understanding language
  • Expressive Language: using language to communicate
  • Pragmatics: using language in social contexts
  • Articulation: producing individual speech sounds
  • Phonology: producing sound patterns
  • Oral Motor Functioning: movement of oral structures for speech production
  • Fluency: rate and flow of speech
What are the educational requirements for Speech Language Pathologists?

Speech Language Pathologists are required to successfully complete undergraduate course work in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a Master’s or Doctorate’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, Clinical Practicums, a Clinical Fellowship Year, and the Praxis Examination in Speech Language Pathology in order to qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). This nationally recognized professional credential represents a level of excellence in the field of Speech Language Pathology. To maintain licensure, Speech Language Pathologists are also required to participate in Continuing Education courses (CEUs) biennially.

When should parents consult with a Speech Language Pathologist?

Parents should consult with a Speech Language Pathologist when concerns arise regarding their child’s speech and language development. A referral / written prescription from the child’s Primary Care Physician / Pediatrician is required for a Speech and Language Evaluation.

What population does our facility service?

Advance Your Speech, Corp. is dedicated to providing quality speech and language therapy services to the pediatric population. We offer individualized speech and language screenings, evaluations, and treatment tailored to your child’s needs. We strive to help children succeed academically and reach their full potential.

What health insurances does our facility currently accept?

At the present moment, Advance Your Speech, Corp is currently accepting the following health insurance plans:

  • Florida Medicaid / Full Medicaid
  • United Healthcare Commercial
  • United Healthcare Charter
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • United Healthcare Navigate
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Florida Healthy Kids
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Florida MMA
  • Stratose
  • Neighborhood Health Partnership
  • Simply Healthcare
  • Clear Health Alliance
  • Children’s Medical Services Network (CMSN Title XIX 19) – Pending
  • Children’s Medical Services Network (CMSN Title XXI 21) – Pending

Please keep in mind that private pay is also always an option. Kindly contact our facility at (305) 602-8098 for more information.

What do Speech and Language Evaluations assess?

Speech and Language Evaluations are comprehensive / formal assessments targeting all aspects of communication. Speech and Language Evaluations assess the following areas: receptive / expressive language skills, pragmatics / social language skills, articulation / phonological skills, oral motor functioning, voice production, and fluency. Based on assessment results obtained, a speech and language evaluation report / individualized plan of care is developed to meet the child’s needs.

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How are Speech and Language Therapy services delivered?

Speech and Language Treatment consists of regularly scheduled weekly sessions targeting specific speech / language goals previously established in the child’s plan of care. Please keep in mind that every child is different. The frequency and duration of speech and language treatment is established on an individual basis according to the recommendations made in the child’s plan of care. Treatment may range from 1-3 times per week, from 30-60 minute sessions, for 3-6 months. Parental involvement and caregiver education / training is strongly encouraged / recommended in order to facilitate carryover of newly acquired skills in the natural / home environment.

How can I refer my child to your company?

Your child may be referred for speech therapy services by obtaining a written prescription from the primary care physician / pediatrician. The prescription must include the types of services requested (i.e. Speech and Language Therapy Evaluation and Treatment) accompanied by a diagnostic code (i.e. Speech Delay).

How long will my child need therapy?

Please keep in mind that every child is different!

Frequency and Duration of treatment is established on an individual basis according to the initial evaluation and recommendations made in the child’s plan of care.

Treatment may range from 1-3 times per week; from 30 to 60 minute sessions; for 3-6 months (all dependent on the recommendations made in the child’s plan of care).