Q: In what disorders do you treat?
- Stroke Recovery - Improving communication and cognitive deficits after a brain injury
- Voice Treatment - Treat the loudness and voice strength changes that are common with neurological conditions like Parkinsons. Certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and trained in SPEAK OUT!
- Dementia Consultations - evaluations to identify communication strengths, training caregivers on approaches and strategies to improve effective communication, reduce challenging behaviors and improve quality of life.
- Articulation Disorders - Improve accuracy and clarity of speech sounds.
All treatments provided in-home or at approved location of your choice.
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Q: How long are therapy sessions?
Most speech therapy sessions may be 30 or 60 minutes dependent on the individual client client. Longer sessions are available as appropriate (e.g. 2 hour intensive aphasia treatments). We charge our rates as "per session", not "per minute". This helps ensure you get the best treatment for your needs, without the focus on the clock.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
I accept Medicare and private pay -- Cash, Check, due at the time of services rendered unless prior arrangements are made. Your services may be covered under your Health Savings Account (HSA), check with your CPA to verify.
If you have Medicare, many services are covered at 80% under Medicare Part B. Medicare Part B requires a 20% copay.
You also may be able to seek reimbursement from your insurance company for some services. Ask your insurance company about their out-of-network coverage. This document helps to explain insurance and benefits. If requested, I can provide a receipt/invoice documentation for you to seek reimbursement. Prior to the evaluation, we can provide you possible codes that you can use when checking your insurance coverage.
Q: What happens after the free consult?
If we decide to move forward,
- You’ll fill out the required paperwork.
- If needed, we’ll get a prescription for speech therapy from your doctor and schedule the evaluation.
- We’ll go over the evaluation results, decide on goals and tailor a treatment plan for you.
Q: Who’s a good candidate for therapy?
The best candidate is the motivated one! If you’re willing to put in the work and have hope that you (or your loved one) CAN improve, then you’re a perfect candidate.
Changing neuro pathways in your brain takes work and lots and lots of practice. Improving vocal strength takes exercise. Using compensatory strategies means the person has to be willing to change, willing to try something new.
Therapy is hard work. I’ll guide your practice and tasks, teach you and your loved ones everything you need to know and do. Like anything, the more effort you put in, the more progress you’ll see.
Q: What if I have trouble with something you’ve given me to do?
Treatment is individualized, that means it’s tailored to YOU. If you are having difficulty implementing one idea, we’ll try another. Can’t remember to practice? We’ll work out a plan to help.
Q: When should I contact you?
In general, earlier treatment is better, BUT it's almost never too late for someone to benefit from speech therapy services with a skilled Speech Language Pathologist. Some people aren't ready for therapy, but would benefit from a consultation to help them work towards their goals on their own at home.
Q: What is the difference between a Speech Pathologist and a Speech Therapist?
There usually isn't one. In everyday conversation, the terms are often used interchangeably. "Speech Therapist" is the title used in the U.K., and is the more common term. "Speech Pathologist" is the more accurate title in the United States.
Your SLP should be Certified. My credentials are M.S. CCC-SLP. This means I have my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and am certified by our national association, American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), which requires a graduate degree, 1600+ hours of clinical experience, passing a national exam, 30 hours of continuing education every 3 years. Not all Speech therapists are certified. Learn more here. .
Q: Do you treat Autism?
Autism is not our area of specialty, so we refer out to other qualified SLPs for this treatment. In the greater Green Bay, Wisconsin area, Communication Pathways and Talk, Play and Learn specialize in autism.
Q: Are you on social media?
Yes! We use social media to offer motivational images, educational articles, blog post updates, the latest research, inspirational stories and resources.