My child’s teacher told me that my child should be evaluated for speech therapy. What does that mean?

Your child’s teacher may have noticed that your child has some difficulty in the area of speech or language. When referred for a speech therapy evaluation, you and your child will meet with a speech language pathologist. The speech-language pathologist will identify any difficulties in your child’s ability to understand, follow directions, use language to communicate, or accurately produce speech sounds in words.

What is speech therapy?

Speech therapy is intended to target any difficulty that affects your child’s ability to communicate. Depending on your child’s needs, therapy may target foundational communication skills, engagement, turn-taking, understanding, expression, or production of sounds. With young children, speech therapy is child-directed and often looks like play. Play is strategically used in therapy as it is both highly motivating for young children and the modality through which they learn best.

How do I know if my child needs speech therapy or an evaluation?

When trying to decide if your child needs speech therapy or an evaluation, consider the following questions: Is your child meeting developmental milestones? Is it difficult to communicate with your child? Does your child have age-appropriate play skills? Does your child understand? Does your child become frustrated in their attempts to communicate with you? Do you have difficulty understanding your child? Does your child have difficulty interacting with peers? If you have any concerns about speech and language development in your child, an evaluation with a speech-language pathologist is warranted.

What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s speech and/or language development?

If you are concerned about your child’s speech and / or language development, seek out the professional opinion of a speech-language pathologist. An evaluation may help you determine whether or not your child has a significant need in the areas of engagement, receptive language, expressive language, speech production, pragmatic language, or play skills.

What will speech therapy look like?

After determining your child’s specific needs and your family’s availability, weekly standing appointments at a recommended frequency will be scheduled. Consistent attendance at scheduled speech therapy sessions is critical for growth, progress, and development. Speech therapy will be developmentally appropriate and strategically designed to meet your child’s treatment objectives. For young children, play therapy is ideal. For preteens or teenagers, both child-directed and adult-directed approaches are employed. Caregivers will be incorporated into therapy to promote carryover of speech and language strategies to the home environment.

How long are assessments and treatment sessions?

The length of an assessment varies, but most are typically 1 - 2 hours in length.

Treatment sessions are 1 hour in length. 50 minutes are spent working directly with your child. 10 minutes are spent discussing progress with the parent / caregiver and engaging in documentation and treatment planning.

Do you accept early intervention clients participating in New Mexico’s Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program?

Yes! Parents with children under 3 years of age are encouraged to contact a FIT provider agency serving Albuquerque. If your child qualifies and is eligible, you may be referred to us for speech-language services. Find a FIT provider agency here.

Tell me about payment procedures for clients independently seeking services.

Payment is accepted at the time of service. Learn more here >>

Please contact us for detailed information regarding policies and procedures.

Do you take insurance?

Not directly, no. We are an “out-of-network” provider. However, we can provide you with a superbill which you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement if your plan allows.

What is receptive language?

Receptive language refers to your child’s ability to understand and comprehend language concepts. Does your child follow directions? Respond to his / her name? Do you find yourself repeating yourself? Does your child’s understanding increase with gestures or visual support? Answering these questions will give you an idea of what your child understands.

What is expressive language?

Expressive language refers to how your child expresses himself. He / she may have verbal language (e.g. words) or non-verbal language (e.g. signs). Does your child point? Physically take you to desired objects? Use a combination of gestures and single words? Answering these questions will give you an idea of how your child expresses himself or herself, as well as the level of his / her verbal abilities.

What is speech production?

Speech production refers to the way your child physically produces sounds and sequences these sounds to produce words. It is all about motor movement and production. For example, in some cases, your child may have lots of language, but is difficult to understand or inaccurately produces specific sounds. If this is the case, your child has difficulty in the area of speech production.