Frequently asked questions

What does the speech pathologist do?

They work to assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in adults and children. Speech-language pathologists that work with children are trained to identify articulation deficits, dysarthria (deficits in voicing), phonological deficits, motor speech planning difficulties and language-based learning disabilities and implement techniques to help students continue to learn with their peers. Some SLPs specialize in feeding therapy.

Is a speech pathologist considered a doctor?

A speech pathologist is not a medical doctor, but some do have their doctorates in speech and language pathology.

What is the difference between speech therapist and speech language pathologist?

They are essentially the same. Some people call us speech therapists for short. The formal title is speech and language pathologist. A speech and language pathologist (SLP) with their Cs is a master degree level therapist. A speech and language therapy assistant (SLPA) does not have their master’s degree and works under an SLP.

What does a speech therapist do for adults?

They work with individuals to assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. They work with individuals that have suffered from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), strokes (CVA), Parkinson’s disease, dementia, ALS, MS and any other neurological disease that affects speech, language, swallowing or cognition.

Will Leap accept my insurance?

Leap of Language is only in network with Kaiser Permanente, but has worked well billing out of network with Meritian and Aetna. Leap of Language can provide a super bill for each visit to out of network insurance providers. Please call for more details on the process.

How long does my child need to have sessions?

Most sessions are an hour long. There are some circumstances where frequency is increased to 2-3 times per week for 30 minute sessions.

Do parents usually stay during the child's session?

Yes, parent involvement is encouraged and is one of the most important factors in a child’s success in speech and language therapy.

Can Leap come to my home?

Yes, Leap of Language Inc. is a home based therapy service. We come to you!

Can I schedule on weekends?

No we are not currently available for reoccurring visits on the weekends. However, consultations can be completed on the weekends when available.

Can Leap work with children with DS or CP, Handicapped or Special Ed?

Yes, we can accommodate to most special needs as long as someone can provide special instructions and help navigate.