Clearly Speaking Speech Pathology Services
Answers to Common Questions
If your child has been recently diagnosed or you suspect therapy might be needed, you likely have questions. Each case is unique and the answers will vary on an individual basis so be sure to talk with your therapist about anything that comes to mind. General questions may be addressed below.
How long will my child need therapy?
Every child is different and the extent of therapy is also different. It depends on how many areas need to addressed, the support system at home, follow through with recommendations, the child's response to changes, age of the child, and outside stresses. Early intervention is very important and shortens the duration of therapy in some cases. Therapy may last for 4 months or 4 years; it is the ultimate question.
How much does therapy cost?
The cost of therapy will depend on your insurance policy. Co-pays vary across companies depending on the plan you have. We will be happy to verify benefits to see if your plan covers therapy. Call our office if you do not carry insurance or if your policy does not include speech therapy services. We may discuss private pay options.
Can you bill my insurance?
As a service to you, the office will submit claims to your insurance company. We are providers for the following insurance companies:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United Health
- TN Care plans (Medicaid) including Blue Care, Cover Kids, and TN Care Select. We are NOT providers of AmeriChoice.
Do I need a referral?
Our office will obtain a doctor's order from your Primary Care Physician (PCP). All evaluations and therapy sessions need to have a doctor's referral in order to abide by state regulations.
How long do sessions last?
Evaluations may range from 1-2 hours depending on the complexity of the case. All sessions are currently one-on-one. No group therapy is scheduled, except in some feeding sessions or exceptions to assist a family or child. Feeding therapy is typically for 60 minute sessions 1-2 times a week. Speech and language sessions last 30 minutes 1-2 times a week. If your child receives feeding and speech/language therapy then your session may be broken into two 30 minute sessions to address each area. Again, everyone is unique and there may be variations in regard to the needs of your child.