DOES MY CHILD NEED THERAPY?
Every child meets milestones at different times. If you feel a skill should be stronger, give us a call. We can provide information on the benefits of therapy. The earlier intervention begins, the better!
MY CHILD RECEIVES THERAPY AT SCHOOL, IS THAT ENOUGH?
Therapy in school is an essential piece to a student’s success. However, due to budget and time, many therapy sessions are completed in groups. While it is great for socialization, one-on-one therapy is personalized and allows for greater success.
HOW LONG DOES THERAPY TAKE?
Unfortunately there is no single answer to this question. Some deficits are rectified quickly and others may require more therapy. Depending on the delay or disability, time in therapy can vary. Some children may require a few months of therapy, where others with varying disabilities, may be in therapy for years.
DOES BRIDGING THE PIECES THERAPY ACCEPT INSURANCE OR MEDICAID?
We are currently providers for CMS, Miami Children's, and Straight Medicaid. Bridging the Pieces is also an approved provider of the Gardiner Scholarship and accepts clients with Tricare. We will bill private insurances with out-of-network benefits, provide superbills, or accept private pay. Always call us if you have a question about insurance.
WHAT ARE THOSE LETTERS AFTER THE THERAPIST’S NAME?
You may see speech therapists referred to as SLPs. That stands for speech-language pathologist. To be a speech-language pathologist in the state of Florida (and all other states in the US), the therapist needs to earn a Master’s degree from an accredited college. That is what the M.S. or M.A. represents after the therapist’s name. We then go on to take a licensure exam and meet other state requirements. Then the SLP goes on to apply for certification with the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This is where the therapists receive their CCC’s. The CCC’s are a Certificate of Clinical Competence. ASHA describes this as follows: “Those who have achieved the CCC—ASHA certification—have voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state licensure. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current.”
SPEECH? LANGUAGE? IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Yes! While these terms are often used interchangeably, they are in fact two different things. Speech is how the language sounds and typically refers to articulation, phonology, and intelligibility (how easily the speaker is understood). Language is the formation, including grammar, and basis of communication. It represents how we use language (expressively) and how we understand it (receptively). It is possible to have a deficit in one of these areas or in both.