1. What do I do if I suspect my child has a speech or hearing problem?
Contact a Speech-language Pathologist or an Audiologist to discuss scheduling a speech and/or hearing evaluation. Speech Therapy is an effective way to improve your child’s communication skills.
2. Will my insurance pay for an evaluation or therapy services?
It depends largely on your insurance company, and on how your specific insurance policy is written. Your first step should be to contact your insurance carrier to determine if services are covered. If so, you may be required to go to a facility that they participate with.
3. What if my insurance carrier will not authorize treatment, or if I do not have insurance?
The Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center at Richmond, Inc. provides services to children with fees based on their families ability to pay. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please contact the Centers Administrative Assistant for more details or click here.
4. Do I need to get a doctor’s order?
Yes, every child treated at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center is required to have a doctors order documenting medical necessity. This is required for all patients, regardless of method of payment for service and is not the same thing as a referral.
5. How long does a speech or hearing evaluation last?
Speech and Hearing Evaluations generally take 1-2 hours; Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluations often require multiple sessions of 3 or more hours.
6. What do I do if my child fails the evaluation?
We will provide you with an evaluation report discussing your child’s strengths and weaknesses, make recommendations, and counsel you on the options available at our facility, and in our community.
7. How often will my child attend speech therapy, if it is needed?
Children are typically scheduled for therapy one to two times a week for thirty minutes to an hour, depending on their needs and therapy availability.
8. How long will my child need to attend therapy?
The amount of time a child attends speech therapy is dependent on many factors. These include the disorder being treated, severity of the problem, cognitive functioning, motivation, and parental involvement, among others. The speech therapist will develop specific goals based on your child’s needs.
9. Are your speech and hearing professionals licensed?
Yes, our speech therapists and audiologist are required to have a Master Degree, ASHA Certification and hold a current license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All have met national standards, and hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence.