Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should my child see a speech-language pathologist?
  • What is the difference between SPEECH and LANGUAGE? I thought it’s the same!
  • Do you accept insurance?
  • What age/grade level do you work with?
  • What do speech and language pathologists/therapists do?
  • My child has difficulties in school. Can this be related to a speech-language issue?
  • Where do I start?
  • Where do you offer speech-language services?

Every child develops at a different rate. As the parent, you know your child best. If you suspect your child has a problem with his or her speech-language development, you may contact an SLP to discuss your child’s strengths and weaknesses and determine if there is a need for an SLP evaluation.

SPEECH/ARTICULATION disorders include difficulty producing sounds and/or producing speech that is not intelligible to others. For example, if a child says “wabbit” instead of “rabbit”, or “tar” instead of “car”. In English, the most commonly misproduced sounds are “s”, “r”, “th”, “sh”, “ch” and “l”. Some misproductions of sounds are “developmentally appropriate” (i.e. misproductions children make as they are acquiring their sounds), others require therapy to correct. A speech-language evaluation will examine your child’s speech productions and determine if therapy is warranted.

LANGUAGE is the set of rules we use to communicate and includes vocabulary, grammar and social aspects of communication. Language disorders can be one or a combination of:

  • RECEPTIVE: difficulty understanding language; difficulty following directions or answering questions; difficulty understanding stories, books or conversation. 
  • EXPRESSIVE: having a limited vocabulary; constructing sentences that are not grammatical; using language in a socially inappropriate way; difficulty expressing ideas, answering questions or telling stories.
  • At this time I do not accept or work with insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid. However, I will make every effort to provide you with the necessary documentation for reimbursement including itemized invoices after each treatment session. Make sure to check with your insurance company prior to beginning treatment. If you plan on seeking insurance reimbursement, please let me know in advance what requirements, if any, your insurance company has for pre-authorization.

    I have experience and enjoy working with all ages and grade levels. My passion is teaching students skills that will enrich their lives at home and in school. My ultimate goal is to build confidence and inspire success.

    A speech-language therapist (also referred to as an "SLP") works with the full range of human communication and its disorders. An SLP evaluates and treats speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.

    Almost every subject and task in school has a large language component, no matter the grade or age of the child. Understanding stories or chapters in textbooks, learning new vocabulary words in science or history class, answering questions, writing an essay, understanding what the teacher is explaining, following the teacher's directions in class, and even math problems are ALL language related. Many students have difficulties in school due to an underlying language delay/disorder that is not diagnosed. The student then unfairly gets labeled as 'disinterested' or 'badly behaved'. For this reason, it is important to get appropriate evaluation and treatment.

    If you are interested in speech-language services, please contact me for a FREE initial phone consultation. This consultation will be used to gather information about your child including speech-language development/concerns, prior evaluations/therapy, and services in which you may be interested.  Consultations typically take 20-30 minutes. Following the consultation, a decision will be made regarding evaluation and/or treatment.

    We are currently serving the Miami-Dade and Broward counties, including Bal Harbour, Bay Harbour, Surfside, North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Aventura, Hallandale and Hollywood. We provide in-home and in-school SLP sessions.