While not meant as a comprehensive list of answers to all questions, these are some of the most frequently asked questions by parents. If your specific question is not answered here, please contact the Pediatric Rehab Department.
Does my child need therapy?
You know your child best. If you feel all is not well with your child's development, please contact us for an evaluation. To assist you with questions and concerns, we suggest you review the chart below which includes early milestones for a baby.
- Assure the Best for your Baby's Physical Development (milestones)
When should my child start talking and begin learning language skills?
The Let's talk about Language Development guide will help you see where your child should ideally be in his or her language development.
Could my child have autism?
The following site includes warning signs and information on autism that can help you recognize early signs of autism:
How often and how long will my child's therapy last?
The therapist will make a suggestion based on best practices and guidelines for frequency and duration for how often and how long your child needs skilled therapy services. The therapist works with you to create a care plan for your child. Many issues are considered:
Your child’s ability to benefit and participate in therapy
- Your ability as a parent to participate in therapy sessions and to follow through with activities in the home and community.
- Financial situation
Do I need to be present for my child's therapy session?
It is essential that the child's parent or primary caregiver attend each therapy session. During these sessions, the therapist will provide you with education and ideas you can use at home, which helps your child continue their therapy at home.
How do I pay for therapy services?
You should check with your insurance company to see if therapy is covered under your plan. It is up to you to understand your insurance benefits prior to bringing your child to therapy. We have payment options for services not covered by insurance. Our office staff will assist you with the billing and payment process.
What should my child wear to the evaluation and therapy?
Because your child will need to be able to play and move about during the evaluation and therapy, please have your child wear loose, comfortable clothing. If your child is attending a physical or occupational therapy evaluation, please have your child wear loose shorts and a T-shirt, which will help the therapist provide a complete examination. If your child is attending a feeding or sensory evaluation, they may get dirty.
What is the role of the therapist?
The therapist provides teaching, coaching and direct care, helping you integrate the therapeutic activities into your child's daily routine.
Do you provide interpretation services?
When scheduling your appointment, please let us know if an interpreter is needed so we can request an interpreter to be present for your evaluation.
Can you diagnose Autism?
We cannot diagnose autism, however the most common characteristics of autism are related to communication and language dysfunction. One of the first steps towards diagnosing autism is a comprehensive speech evaluation. You will also be referred for a comprehensive audiology evaluation, and to a neuropsychologist for a differential diagnosis.
What should I bring to a feeding evaluation?
We ask that parents bring a list of current food allergies, as well as typical food your child eats. Be sure to bring foods that are easy for your child to eat and foods that are difficult for your child to eat. Please pring any medication prescribed or recommended by your physician to treat allergies.
Your child should come to the appointment hungry. Please do not allow your child to eat two hours prior to the appointment.
What should I bring for my child's stuttering evaluation?
Please bring audio or video of your child stuttering at home.