Does Prestige Speech accept insurance?
Prestige Speech accepts Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI and United Healthcare of RI. We are an out of network provider for all other health insurance plans. Private pay and financing options are available. Please note, all social skills group sessions are private pay only.
Do I need a referral to receive private speech therapy?
Private pay patients do not need a referral to receive speech language therapy services. Should you seek reimbursement from your insurance company, it is advised you contact your insurance company ahead of time to determine which forms you will need to submit as some insurance companies require a physician referral prior to the start of therapy
When is payment required for services?
Payment for therapy session is due at the time of service for private paying clients. For those utilizing insurance, any copays/coinsurance or deductibles are due at the time of service. For those receiving therapy off site, payment is due on Monday's. All social skills groups are private pay only and are due in full at the beginning of the month.
My child received a speech language evaluation at school already. Do I need another evaluation from you?
It is recommended to have a current speech and/or language assessment. If your child has been evaluated within the past 12 months, Prestige Speech will use such evaluation to determine an appropriate treatment plan of care. If you feel your current evaluation is not meeting your child's needs or you disagree with the findings, a new evaluation may be completed.
What is included in a formal speech language evaluation?
A formal speech language therapy evaluation is a comprehensive, objective measure to determine if there is a speech-language disorder affecting an individual's ability to function within his or her daily living environments.
Areas which will be assessed may include:
Receptive Language Skills (listening skills, phonological awareness, reading/decoding, and comprehension of spoken and written language)
Expressive Language Skills (spoken language)
Speech Sound Production (articulation and oral-motor skills)
Pragmatic Language (social use of language)
Hearing, Fluency and Voice (informal assessment with referrals to audiologists and/or ENT as needed)
Formal speech language therapy evaluations usually require 1-3 sessions depending on the child's ability to withstand the formal assessment procedure. Once completed, the clinician will score the test(s), interpret results and write up a complete evaluation.
My child was dismissed from speech language therapy at school. I feel he could still benefit from speech language treatment. What can I do and why was he dismissed?
School systems follow a different set of guidelines from private practitioners. For a child to receive speech-language therapy in schools, the therapy must prove to be "educationally relevant". Your child may have reached a higher level of communication which is no longer deemed "educationally relevant" for them to continue services in the school setting. If you feel your child still needs speech language services, you have the right to pursue speech language services from a private practitioner.
My child did not qualify for school speech therapy following his Early Intervention dismissal. Is he still able to receive speech therapy with a private speech therapy?
Many parents are devastated to learn their child may not qualify under their school departments guidelines for speech therapy services once their child ages out of early intervention. In these instances, you may certainly have your child assessed with a private speech language pathologist to continue treatment.
Can my child participate in more than one social skills group?
Your child may participate in as many social skills group as you like. Payments for all sessions are private pay only and due in full at the beginning of the month. No refunds for missed group sessions. Missed sessions may be made up during a different group slot if space allowed.
Can I stay and observe my child's therapy session?
Some children perform best when working separately from parents. Parents will be invited to sit in for part or whole sessions only when appropriate. Please discuss any concerns that you have with your clinician.
How do I get the process started?
Contact Prestige Speech to schedule a phone consultation. A welcome packet will be sent to you via email or regular mail. This packet contains a welcome letter and several forms.
Please return the forms to as well as a copy of your child's insurance card and a script/referral from your child's pediatrician/referring physician.Prestige Speech by fax or mail prior to your first appointment. A first visit cannot be scheduled until these forms have been received.
PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS WITH YOU ON YOUR FIRST VISIT:
copy of the current or proposed IEP (if applicable)
Any speech and language evaluations from within the last year
Any other reports from related testing (i.e. occupational therapy, neuropsychological evaluations, educational assessments, etc.
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