Does My Child Need Therapy?

How do you know if your child needs to be evaluated? We have included some screening tools and information to help you determine if your child could benefit from having an evaluation. Please remember that you know your child best, so trust your instincts. If you feel something is not right with your child, help is available!

  • Guidelines for your Baby’s Development and Milestones
    It is important for you to know what early milestones are expected while your baby is growing. As you review the chart Assure the Best for your Baby’s Physical Development please record your observations or concerns and seek help if you feel your Baby is developing at a different pace.
  • When should my child start talking and begin learning language skills?
    Please review the Let’s talk about Language Development to see where your child should be in his/her language development.
  • Could my child have autism?
    The following site includes red flags and information on recognizing the first signs of Autism: http://www.autismspeaks.org/whatisit/learnsigns.php
  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction
    Sensory integration dysfunction is when a child is not able to manage the information coming in through his/her senses. This may interfere with learning, playing, social interaction, and completing daily activities of life. Please read Let’s Talk about Sensory Integration for more information.

How often and how long will my child’s therapy last?

The therapist will make a suggestion based on the Guidelines for Frequency and Duration for how often and how long your child needs skilled therapy services. The therapist then works together with you to create a plan of care 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.
  • Finances

Do I need to be present for my child’s therapy session?

 A main goal of therapy is to give you education and ideas you can use at home. This will help your child get the most from therapy. It is vital that the child’s parent or primary caregiver be present during each therapy session.

How do I pay for therapy services?

Your insurance company may pay for therapy. It is your responsibility to understand your insurance benefits before bringing your child to therapy. We have payment options for services not covered by insurance. Each center has office staff to assist you with the billing and payment process.  

Frequently ask questions to prepare for evaluation

What do we wear to the evaluation and therapy?

Please have your child wear loose comfortable clothing. They will need to be able to play and move about. If your child is coming for feeding or sensory evaluation they may get dirty. If they are coming for Physical or Occupational therapy evaluation please have your child wear loose shorts and a t-shirt, so the therapist may do a complete examination.

What will my role be in therapy?

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy brochure for specific information about your role in therapy.

What is the role of the therapist?

The therapist provides direct care, teaching, and coaching so that you can integrate therapeutic activities into your child’s daily routine and environment.

Do you provide interpretation services?

Yes. Please let us know when scheduling your appointment that an interpreter is needed so that we are able to request an interpreter to be here for your evaluation.

How long will the evaluation take?

Your evaluation appointment may last up to two hours. We recommend scheduling the appointment at a time when your child will be well rested.

Can you change the diagnosis codes?

We have certain processes that we must follow to be compliant with billing. Diagnosis codes are determined by your physician or therapist following national guidelines. We bill and use codes that best represent the treatment provided by your therapist.

What is the normal process following the evaluation?

  • Complete report of evaluation and send information out to family.
  • Contact primary physician office if needed with brief report and/or to discuss case.
  • Contact other providers as needed to gather or deliver information.
  • Discuss preauthorization needs with medical secretary.

Can you diagnose Autism?

We cannot diagnose autism, but the most common features 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 we bring with us to a feeding evaluation?

Parents are asked to bring list of current food allergies, acceptable food for child to eat during evaluation and medication prescribed or recommended by physician to treat allergies.

Please bring child hungry. (NO eating within 2 hours of appointment.) Please bring typical food the child eats and typical utensils the child uses to eat. Be sure to bring both easy and more challenging foods.

What do I need to bring for my child’s stuttering evaluation?

Parents need to bring audio or video of child stuttering at home

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