Services

Speech Evaluation in Houston The Speech Dynamic

Speech/Language Evaluations

We utilize both informal and formal assessment measures, including child/parent/caregiver interview, clinical observations, play-based assessment when necessary, as well as standardized tests to evaluate your speech & language skills.. We look at your child’s strengths and needs in different areas of communication. A written evaluation, recommendations, and strategies for your child’s specific communication profile is provided.    Evaluation encompasses interacting, observing, assessing, playing, using standardization instruments as indicated, all in order to understand your child and how best to move forward.  Please be assured it is not necessary that your child perform “on command”.

 

Speech/Myofunctional Evaluation:

A myofunctional evaluation includes a thorough assessment of your child’s oral structures and how they are used for activities such as eating, speaking, and breathing. Your child will perform a variety of activities such as eating a snack and participating in an articulation (speech sound) assessment. After the initial evaluation, sessions are designed around specific goals that are drafted by the therapist and a written report will be provided.

 

Feeding Assessment:

Feeding involves all the steps it takes to get food off the plate and into your mouth, while swallowing includes chewing, moving the food down the throat, and protecting the airway that leads into the lungs.  If your child has any aversion to certain foods or has trouble swallowing without coughing, your pediatrician may suggest you visit a speech-language pathologist. During the assessment, we will take an in depth look into your child’s oral senesory motor skills. These include biting, chewing, moving the tongue to the back molars (lateralizing), and swallowing, as well as using age appropriate skills such as using a spoon, cup, and straw. We will also rule out a lip and/or tongue tie as a contributing factor to a feeding disorder. The comprehensive recommendations, includes a feeding plan, diet suggestions, strategies to advance, and recommendations for ongoing treatment

 

 

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Therapy

We use evidence based treatment approaches and customize a plan based on you child’s strengths and needs. All therapy is individualized to meet your child’s unique learning style, incorporate his/her personal interests, and capitalize on his/her strengths to support growth and development of his/her skills.

 

Payment

In order to provide you with the highest level of services possible, we are currently an out-of-network provider with all insurance companies. However, this does not mean that your insurance company will not cover some/all services. Payment for services is provided directly by the family to The Speech Dynamic via our secure online portal. Once payment is received, families are provided a Paid Invoice with treatment/evaluation service and diagnosis codes. Please call your insurance company to find out if you are eligible for out-of-network speech language therapy and/or evaluation reimbursement. Ask if your insurance company accepts CPT code 92507(speech/language therapy) or  92526 (feeding therapy) and if they require an ICD-10 code (furnished from an evaluation). Should insurance companies require additional documentation to authorize, justify, and/or extend services, we are happy to provide the necessary paperwork. If pursuing an evaluation only, ask if your company accepts code 92523

Forms

Myofunctional Intake:MyoIntake2020

Language Intake: May2020LanguageIntake

 

Her gentle and compassionate approach was just the connection my son needed

My son Finnian was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and was non verbal. I remember being so scared and stressed about Finn’s future until I met his team of teachers and therapists. Miss Brooke was my son Finn’s speech therapist in his EC Pre-K classroom. She was amazing with Finn and supportive to me. Her gentle and compassionate approach was just the connection my son needed to feel safe and grow. One of my favorite qualities of Miss Brooke is her genuine enthusiasm when working with my son. I will always be grateful for her twinkling eyes and contagious smile when discussing my son’s progress and growth. Thank you Miss Brooke!

Molly M

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