Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Screening?

The purpose of a screening is to determine if a speech-language evaluation is needed. It is a standardized pass or fail screener based on your child’s age to briefly assess your child’s speech and language skills. It is always free of charge. Speech sounds, receptive and expressive language skills are all briefly assessed using a series of pictures. We also listen to your child’s connected speech to get a general idea of intelligibility.

What is an Evaluation?

A Speech-Language evaluation is a more in depth series of standardized tests. Articulation skills and receptive and expressive language skills are all tested based on your child’s age. A score is provided that helps determine where your child falls based on other children of the same age across the country. The scores determine if your child has a disorder in any of the 3 main areas tested and provides the severity of the disorder (mild, moderate, severe). The evaluation typically takes 30 minutes to an hour; however it may take longer if more testing is recommended. Your child is also given an oral motor exam, hearing screening, and voice and fluency (stuttering) are also assessed. If the tests determine a disorder is present, speech therapy sessions will be recommended.

What are Speech Therapy Sessions?

Speech therapy sessions typically last for about 30 minutes, 1-2 times a week. They are individual sessions (not in a group) and will take place in your child’s daycare. Individualized goals will be written to determine the focus of therapy sessions. A variety of materials will be used to help your child reach their goals. The length of therapy varies; some children need 6 months, while some need a year or longer. It depends on the severity of their disorder and how many goals they have.

 

About Edmond Speech Therapy

My name is Emily and I  have over 14 years combined experience working with children as an elementary teacher and Speech-Language Pathologist. My Bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education and have a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I hold a national certification – the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). This certification is maintained  under ASHA -the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. I also maintain an Oklahoma license in Speech-Language Pathology and an Oklahoma Teacher’s Certificate. My main focus is on early intervention, working with children 18 months – 6 years of age. I have worked with all ages of children including teens and have worked with adults as well. The majority of my caseload is working with children who have articulation disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, apraxia and fluency (stuttering) disorders.

Information for Childcare Centers

Are you interested in providing speech-language therapy at your childcare center? That is what we do! Call or email for more information.

Services provided at the center:

– FREE screenings

– Evaluations

– Individualized Speech Therapy Sessions

This greatly benefits parents, since they don’t need to make weekly appointments at a clinic for their child to receive the services they need.

Services We Offer

Edmond Speech Therapy is primarily a mobile pediatric speech-language therapy private practice. Therapy is provided in daycares and homes all over the Oklahoma City metro area, including: Edmond, Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Guthrie, Piedmont, Yukon, and Mustang.

Accent reduction therapy is also provided for adults. This is not considered  medically necessary, so this is a private pay service. Currently, Edmond is the only location this therapy is provided.

WHERE DOES THERAPY TAKE PLACE?

For the majority of pediatric clients, services are provided in the child’s daycare, Head Start or home. This benefits parents, since they do not need to make weekly appointments in a clinic. If you prefer a clinic setting, we are happy to provide a list of clinics in the area for you to contact.

For adult clients, we typically meet in a library or other public meeting place in Edmond.

WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

Currently, payment is through Sooner Care or private pay only.  Blue Cross Blue Shield will be available fall  2018.

**For Sooner Care clients, parents need to discuss speech concerns during an appointment with your child’s primary care doctor (pediatrician). This is mandatory for Sooner Care clients. It’s a good idea to request a hearing screening at the appointment – if the pediatrician offers screenings.

HOW LONG ARE SESSIONS AND HOW OFTEN DO THEY TAKE PLACE?

For children, sessions are up to 30 minutes,  1-2 times per week.

For adults, sessions are 30 minutes and can be either 1 time a week or 2 times per month (bi-weekly).

CONTACT US:

Phone: 405-220-3450

We may not be able to answer calls due to therapy sessions, please leave a message and will will return your call as soon as possible.

Email:  emilys.b@att.net

Fax: 405-594-6058

 

Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

All children develop at their own pace, but there are many signs to look for to determine if their speech and language skills are developing appropriately for their age.

Between 12 months-18 months:

– Starts to use words (mama, dada), should start saying 10-20 words

– Recognizes name

– Understands no

– Waves bye

– Can get objects when asked

– Makes animal sounds (meow, moo)

By age 2:

– They should use a minimum of 50 words or more

– Puts 2 words together (ex. mommy car)

– Can point to body parts (nose, eyes, foot, etc.) and clothing (shirt, shoes, etc.)

– Follow simple 1 step commands (ex. get your shoes)

– Names a variety of nouns (family members names, animals, food, etc)

– Makes a request using words more than gestures (saying juice instead of pointing)

– They should turn and look when they hear their name or hear unfamiliar sounds

– Begin asking questions

By age 3:

– Uses a large vocabulary of words

– Caregivers/family members should understand 50-75% of your child’s speech

– They should no longer drop the last consonant in a word (ex. Ca for cat)

– Begins using 3-4 word phrases

– Follow 2-3 step directions

– Knows some basic concepts (big/little, match colored objects)

– Enjoys parents attention to watch them do things (watch me)

By age 4:

– Uses over 1000 words

– Has a sentence length of 4-5 words

– Names some colors

– Can tell a story

– Understands terms like ‘yesterday’ and ‘tonight’

– Family members and strangers should understand 75-90% of your child’s speech

 

For more information, go to ASHA’s website. Look under Developmental Norms for Speech and Language

*If your child has a history of ear infections or failed hearing screenings, it is highly recommended they have their speech and language skills screened or evaluated by a Speech-Language Pathologist. It is also recommended you make an appointment with an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) doctor or Audiologist to regularly check inner ear function and hearing.

 

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

I didn’t fully realize the full scope of responsibilities of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) until I began graduate school. Previously, I worked as an elementary classroom teacher and noticed the school SLP coming to pick up students from my class who had difficulty with a few of their speech sounds. I naively assumed that was their only job!

SLPs are required to have a master’s degree and are highly trained in the medical and school setting. They hold a national license and certification called the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) with ASHA (American Speech-Hearing Association) along with a state license in the state they work in.

Some of the settings we are trained to work in are:

– Public Schools

– Rehab Hospitals

– Private Clinics

– Skilled Nursing Facilities

– Private Practice as an Independent Contractor

So what do we work on with our clients? Typically, when we work with adults, it means they have lost speech or language, either by stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other degenerative disease.  With children, usually they haven’t developed speech or language skills due to a variety of factors. We also work with adults and children with oral motor skills and swallowing (dysphagia).

Some disorders we treat include:

-articulation disorders (speech sounds)

-expressive language disorders (how a person uses language)

-receptive language disorders (how a person comprehends language)

-apraxia of speech (motor speech disorder)

-dysphagia (swallowing)

-aphasia (loss of language due to brain injury)

-pragmatic/social skills

-oral motor skills

– accent reduction (adults only)

Above is not a complete list, but some of the most common areas we treat. This is a very simplified explanation of our job, but I hope it provides insight into the profession. It is one of the best careers around!