Frequently Asked Questions

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What causes speech, language and reading disorders or delays?

Each speech and language disorder or delay is unique and can be caused by a variety of factors. It is important to have suspected speech and language problems evaluated by a licensed speech-language pathologist. After a full evaluation, a reason or possible cause, for the disorder or delay can be discussed.

How do I know if my child needs to have his speech and language skills evaluated?

Typically physicians or teachers will notice a delay or disorder in a child’s communication skills. Parents may also notice a delay in communication skills, and should discuss their concerns with their child’s doctor and/or contact a speech-language pathologist for an evaluation. Parents may also notice behavior problems arising from school-aged children because the children are frustrated with their communication problems, but aren’t sure of how to express their problems to adults. In any case, if you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development and/or use, please contact Sound Speech Therapy to schedule an appointment. Free screenings are available to help you decide if an evaluation is necessary.

My child is only two years old, but isn’t communicating like other two-year-olds. Should I wait for him to ‘grow out of it’?

No, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment to evaluate your child’s communication skills immediately. Typically, if children are showing a delay in communication skills at this young of an age, treatment is quick, as early intervention works very fast and effectively. It is always better to be safe than sorry! Your child now could be lacking only some comprehension of basic language concepts, but if not treated now, could develop into academic, social, communication, and behavioral difficulties down the road.

My child was dismissed (or never qualified) from speech therapy at his school. I feel that he still needs treatment, what can I do and why was he dismissed at school?

Remember that school districts operate under separate guidelines than private practitioners. For a child to receive speech and language therapy in the schools it must prove to be “educationally relevant” and must focus on educational goals and objectives. Many children could benefit from speech, language and literacy therapy and won’t qualify under the school district guidelines. If you feel that your child still needs speech and language services, contact us.

How often will my child have to be seen for speech therapy?

Each case is different. During our evaluation, we communicate our recommendations and together we decide on a schedule that works for you.

Does Sound Speech Therapy accept insurance?

Yes, we accept select insurance plans. We are contracted with Premera Blue Cross and are happy to bill them directly. Please contact us to discuss any specific questions or to find out if we can bill your insurance plan directly. Many of our clients also use Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Saving Accounts (HSAs), or Health Care Reimbursement Accounts (HCRAs), which allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for medical services not covered by insurance.

Will my insurance cover my child’s speech and language therapy?

Some insurance companies do cover or reimburse payment for speech and language therapy services. Each client should check with his or her own company and review their policy coverage and restrictions to confirm. Please feel free to contact us regarding questions about your specific policy’s coverage benefits.

Do I need a referral to receive speech or language therapy?

In many cases, you do not need a referral or prescription for speech therapy. If you plan to pay privately for speech therapy, you do not need one. Check with your insurance plan to find out requirements.

When do you require payment for therapy services?

We typically require payment for services when the service is provided. However, please contact us if you require a different payment schedule. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

What ages does Sound Speech Therapy see?

We see clients of all ages.

What days and/or hours are you available?

It’s extremely important to us to find a time and location that is optimal for you and your family. During our initial meeting or consultation, scheduling is discussed and we strive to meet your needs. We generally see clients Monday through Friday in Seattle and Wednesday through Friday on the Eastside. On a case by case basis, we see clients on weekends and evenings.


Sound Speech Therapy

Serving the Seattle area since 1999

Sound Speech Therapy provides private speech, language and literacy services that focus on an individual’s personalized goals. We strive to meet our clients’ needs by offering treatment sessions in our Seattle and Eastside offices, as well as your natural communication environment – home, school or place of work.

Sound Speech Therapy • 613 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112 • (567) 621-1117
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