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”.
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 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
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.
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
Language Intake: May2020LanguageIntake
A shy child speaks up loud and clear
At the age of 2, my son’s preschool teacher noticed he was a little behind in his speech, he was muttering in a low tone. It was hard for anyone to understand what he was trying to tell us. When I was told he needed therapy, I was a bit nervous because my son is very shy around people he is not familiar with. I was afraid the speech therapist would get nowhere with him, but boy was I wrong. By the end of his first session with Ms. Brooke my son was comfortable with her; he did not want the session to end. Ms. Brooke took the time to research new ideas and activities that would accommodate my son’s needs to help him open his mouth when speaking. She focused the entire session on making sure he practiced the ability to speak up loud and clear while still having fun and kept him engaged. He only had therapy for 5 short months; Ms. Brooke gave him the confidence he needed to speak up. He continues to ask to see Ms. Brooke, he misses her so much. She left him with such great moments and experiences that I do not think he will ever forget her.
Brooke's heart is in her work, and you can tell she loves what she does
Brooke has been working with my son Colton for about a year now. She is an amazing speech path and has created a great relationship with him during that time. He is always super excited to see her, and sees the time he spends with her as play time. Yet he’s always learning. Colton has an obsession with trains, and so generally wants to show her how his trains are set up every week. Brooke manages to incorporate whatever skill they are working on into this play. Whether it was putting more than one word together, or focusing on certain sounds, or not dropping the endings of words. She also leaves us with suggestions on what to do with him over the next week to help with the goal that we are currently working on.
Brooke’s heart is in her work, and you can tell she loves what she does. If you choose to work with her, you will be happy with the results you see. Colton had had an explosion of vocabulary this year, and I know she contributed greatly to that.
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!