FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
Speech therapy may be needed if your child is not meeting age-expected language milestones (i.e. not saying first words, not learning new words); it is difficult for you or other people to understand your child's speech; or your child is at risk of a speech/language disorder secondary to a diagnosis such as autism or Down syndrome. You can ask your child's pediatrician if they recommend a speech and language evaluation or call us to ask if a
What is the best age to start speech therapy?
As per ASHA (American Speech Language & Hearing Association) the earlier that services are delivered, the more likely children are to develop effective communication and achieve successful learning outcomes. At Bay Ridge Speech Therapy we treat children as early as 12 months old.
Do you accept insurance?
Eligibility to receive speech-language therapy through insurance is determined on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, it is best to call us directly or email and receive individualized help with insurance.
What is a speech-language pathologist?
A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a healthcare professional who has received a Master level degree in Speech-Language Pathology. In New York State the title Speech-Language Pathologist is interchangeably used with Speech Therapist. SLPs have professional training and expertise in diagnosing and treating articulation/phonological disorders, developmental language disorders, apraxia, stuttering, reading disorders, and swallowing/feeding disorders.