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Why Does my Child Need Private Speech and Language Services??

I cannot count the number of times I have been asked the following questions...

  • Why do you offer private speech and language therapy when students can access services at their school?
  • What benefit will my child have receiving extra services?
  • Why are the extra services important?
  • Do children need both the school district services and private/individual services?
  • Why? Why? Why?

The answer is a simple one...

"Practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent!" 

Speech and language disorders do not fix themselves.  They require intensive intervention/therapy so that children and adults can perform and communicate at their "optimal level."  So, to answer some of the questions above...

Why do I offer individualized services?
Individualized services allow me to work on exactly what my client's needs are.  It allows us to target the finest of details to improve communication.  Individual therapy allows for more repetitions/practice and more time spent on my client's needs.  It also allows for me to teach parents how to help at home!  I often share with my client's and families that I am the first step.  Their involvement is critical!  Follow through has to occur throughout the week or during the breaks away from therapy, so the new skills can be generalized.  Sessions can be formatted to include parent training, so this teaching can take place.  There are times when group sessions are appropriate.  The group setting is a great way to practice social skills!

Why do you offer private speech and language therapy when students can access services at their school?
School district services are a great place to start!  They offer a great model and target specific skills within a group setting.  Although progress is documented and made, the rate of progress in this setting, I feel is much slower when compared to individual therapy.  The school-based Speech Language Pathologist has anywhere from two to six children sitting at the therapy table at a time.  He or she has 30 minutes to target each of the student's goals.  In private, individual therapy, clients have the entire 30, 45, or 60 minute session to work on goals!

What is the benefit?
Private speech and language services do not require a "standardized measure" or an "assessment" that produces specific results in order to qualify.  For example, in the school districts, the education code requires that students must fall at or below the 7th percentile on two measures of the same language area to qualify.  Many times, students fall two or three percentiles above and do not qualify, even though they exhibit areas of weakness and needs. Private speech and language therapy solves this problem!

Many children under the age of three are assessed to see if they qualify for early intervention services.  When the percent of disability is too low, they do not qualify for services. Private speech and language therapy solves this problem too!

Other children attend private schools where speech and language services are not offered.  Private speech and language therapy solves this problem too!

Some parents would rather have their children participate in speech and language therapy outside of their school day, so they are not missing vital components of their education. Private speech and language therapy solves this problem too!

Many speech and language providers have long waiting lists for services. Private speech and language therapy solves this problem too!

Many children and adults that would benefit for speech and language therapy cannot access it through their health insurance. Private speech and language therapy solves this problem too!

Many speech and language therapy offices are only open Monday through Friday and operate within the standard business day! SpeechGal Therapies solves this problem!  We are open 7 days a week and offer a wide range of times to meet your needs!  We offer speech and language therapy in Fullerton, California. 


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