Frequently Asked Questions
What is a speech-language screening?
A speech-language screening is a brief assessment of a child’s communication skills to determine if further testing and evaluation are needed. No diagnoses are made during a speech-language screening.
What is a speech-language evaluation?
At what age should I start thinking about speech language therapy for my child?
How much does speech-language therapy cost?
What’s the difference between speech and language disorders?
What is executive functioning?
Executive functioning is the ability to apply mental skills such as working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control to communicate, learn, focus, organize, follow directions, manage emotions, etc.
What is executive functioning therapy?
The name may be a bit misleading as this type of therapy is for kids, not executives. Executive function refers to working memory, flexible thinking, self-control, planning, organization, and other fundamental skills involved with communication. Executive functioning therapy focuses on improving these skills and is incorporated into all therapy sessions with The Little Speech Tree.
What is augmentative and alternative communication?
When a child cannot speak verbally from the mouth, an augmentative or alternative form of communication is often needed. There are many different types, ranging from a book full of picture symbols that represent different words to an electronic device that “speaks” words for the child when a button is pushed.
What is sensory processing?
Sensory Processing is simply the management of incoming sensory information. Incoming sensory information could be something we feel, see, hear, taste, or smell. Sensory processing also helps us move with appropriate balance, use the right amount of force when interacting with our world, and understand the sensations within our own body. Sometimes, children are over sensitive and under sensitive to certain types of sensory input. Some examples include frequently bumping into others unintentionally or wanting to constantly spin on a chair.
What is an independent educational evaluation?
When a parent of a child with a disability disagrees with the results of an evaluation conducted by the public school system, the parent has the right to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE). This means that the parent can ask that a professional, competent evaluator, who is not employed by the public school system, conduct another evaluation. Caitlin conducts independent educational evaluations as it relates to speech and language, including augmentative and alternative communication.
Have Questions or Concerns?
Keep in mind that every child is unique with their own set of circumstances and challenges. Feel free to contact us to address any questions or concerns about your child so we can determine next steps.