FAQS

Alyssa Gerrity, MS CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

WHAT SERVICES ARE OFFERED?

Olathe Speech Therapy offers evaluation and treatment of articulation and language disorders for students ages 3-21 years through a virtual platform. All services are offered virtually and are available for students living in Kansas and Missouri.

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?

Speech/language services are provided via a secure platform. An internet connect and a computer, laptop, tablet, iPhone, or phone running Android is required to connect to the sessions.

ARE THE SESSIONS SECURE?

Yes. A secure, HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform is used to ensure patient privacy during sessions.

WHAT DOES A TELETHERAPY SESSION LOOK LIKE?

You will be given a secure, private link to click on prior to the session beginning. When it is time for the speech session, click on the link and the teletherapy session begins. I work with students for 30 minutes on their specific goals through fun and engaging activities. You are welcome to sit beside your child during the session. Involving parents in the sessions often results in students progressing more quickly.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE?

Speech articulation involves the ability to produce speech sounds while speaking. Language involves one's ability to read, write, speak (formulate complete thoughts), and listen. Speech therapy involves teaching the child how to produce the sounds correctly. Language therapy involves helping the child to grow in his/her reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

HOW DO SPEECH/LANGUAGE SKILLS IMPACT ACADEMIC PROGRESS?

Difficulty in producing sounds correctly, discriminating between sounds, or in completing phonological awareness tasks may lead to difficulty in learning to read or in progressing with decoding skills. Difficulty in the area of language may impact one's ability to follow directions in class, understand material presented in class, comprehend information read, or formulate complete thoughts when writing. Speech-language pathologists have received extensive training in the typical and atypical development of articulation and language skills. It is within our scope of practice to assist children in developing their ability to produce sounds correctly and to understand and use language appropriately (vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, social skills).

HOW LONG IS A SPEECH/LANGUAGE SESSION?

Most sessions are 30 minutes in length. However, a recommendation for a shorter or longer session length may be provided based on the needs of the child.

WILL YOU PROVIDE HOMEWORK FOR US TO PRACTICE SPEECH/LANGUAGE SKILLS AT HOME?

Yes, if requested. Typically, I work with students for a period of time before providing homework. It is important to establish new articulation patterns during the therapy sessions before the new skill is practiced at home. Parents are an important part of this process and are always welcome to request additional materials or strategies for practice at home.

ARE YOU INSURED AND CERTIFIED?

Yes. I am insured with professional liability insurance. I am an active member in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which is the national governing body of speech-language pathologists. Visit https://www.asha.org/ for more information. I am licensed to practice speech-language pathology in Kansas and Missouri. 

ARE EVALUATIONS OFFERED?

Yes, I provide articulation and language evaluations for individuals ages 3-21. An evaluation must be completed prior to initiating services, unless parents are able to provide a copy of a recent (within 3 years) comprehensive evaluation report from another provider.

WHAT IS THE COST FOR A SPEECH/LANGUAGE SESSION?

A 30 minute one-on-one speech/language session is $60. Typically, two sessions per week are recommended in order to maximize progress.

WHAT IS THE COST OF AN EVALUATION AND WHAT DOES AN EVALUATION INVOLVE?

There is a $300 flat rate fee for evaluations. An evaluation may consist of articulation and/or language testing, based on areas of concern. An evaluation takes approximately 30 minutes - two hours based on areas of need. The parent will be provided with a report of testing results and recommendations within a week of testing.

HOW DO I PAY FOR SERVICES?

You will receive an automatic, recurring invoice via email once a week through a secure payment system. Click on the invoice the first time to set up your bank account or credit/debit card. Prepayment for services is required. You will be billed automatically each week and receive a receipt via email. Two free cancellations are allowed and you will receive a refund. Any additional cancellations require 24 hour advance notice in order to receive a refund for services.

WILL INSURANCE COVER MY VISIT?

Services are offered through private pay only and payment is due at the time of service. However, some families submit a "superbill" (aka, an invoice) to their insurance company for reimbursement of services. I am happy to provide you with a superbill and work with you to see if speech therapy is a covered service under your insurance plan.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

A strict cancellation policy is enforced, out of respect for others seeking services on a waiting list. A 24 hour advanced notice is required in the event that a session needs to be canceled by the parent. Two free cancellations are allowed (because life happens!). After the two cancellations have been "used," the full session rate is charged if a 24 hour advanced notice is not provided by the parent. After four total cancellations, I reserve the right to provide that time slot to a new student on the waiting list.

HOW LONG WILL MY CHILD NEED SPEECH THERAPY?

Every child has individual needs and progresses at a different rate. Factors that impact rate of progress include severity of need, consistency of attendance, frequency of services (two times per week versus one time per week) and family involvement (practice at home, cueing the child to produce sounds correctly). In general, students who receive speech therapy frequently and practice skills at home tend to make progress more quickly. More information can be provided after an evaluation on the estimated length of therapy.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON SPEECH/LANGUAGE DISORDERS?

Visit https://www.asha.org/. Use the search field to find more information on specific topics. 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON TELETHERAPY?

 

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