Frequently asked questions and answers
A Speech-Language Pathologist is an individual that has received a Master’s Degree or higher in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited university program. The individual has received extensive training while enrolled in their program of study in which at least 400 hours of hands-on therapy must be completed. In addition, a Speech-Language Pathologist is required to complete a Clinical Fellowship post graduation in which a minimum of 1260 hours must be logged during at least a 36 week period.
All Speech-Language Pathologists are credentialed through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association after receiving a passing score on the National Examination for Speech-Language Pathology and successful completion of the Clinical Fellowship. Lastly, A+ Speech Therapy uses a Speech-Language Pathologist that holds a Florida state license issued by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Children and adults may experience communication difficulties for a variety of reasons. Early signs in children can include limited production of sounds and/or words as well as difficulty with comprehending what others say. Adults can develop communication difficulties due to injury, neurologic condition and stroke, to name a few. You are encouraged to have a conversation with us so that we can help you determine if a speech-language evaluation warranted.
We take private pay clients and accept the following forms of payment:
- Credit cards, cash, money order, cashier’s check and personal checks
- We are not accepting insurance, medicaid or medicare at this time
- We can provide you with a detailed invoice so that you can get reimbursed by your insurance company
Since our services are private pay, you do not need a prescription from a doctor to receive an evaluation or treatment services. However, some conditions such as voice disorders or swallowing disorders do require a referral with medical clearance from a doctor.
After speaking with us and determining an evaluation is right for you, we will schedule an evaluation and establish a plan of care based on the results of the evaluation and your individual needs.
Teletherapy uses live video conferencing as a medium for providing therapy. One benefit of teletherapy is that you can receive therapy from the comfort of your home without having a therapist at your house. Also, you eliminate commute time because all you need to do is sign-on to our secure online platform. Teletherapy is fun and interactive. If you want to learn more about this service, send us an email with your questions.
We use live audio and video streaming to create an in-person “feel” that includes interactive games and exercises. Many children respond well to teletherapy because using a computer motivates them to participate.
NMES stands for neuromuscular electrical stimulation. This form of therapy involves the use of electrodes to target specific muscles affecting chewing and swallowing. Only certified clinicians can provide this type of specialized intervention. Vital Stim is used in adult and pediatric clients.