How long and how many times a week is a typical

session?

Sessions are usually 30 or 45 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week

in the beginning. The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are.


Children who are seen for feeding/swallowing therapy services are typically seen for 2 to 3

sessions a week for at least the first 6 weeks of therapy.


How long will my child be in therapy?

The length of time a child is in therapy depends the nature of the problem and the goals

of the therapy. Some children have very specific goals that can be mastered quickly,

within 10 to 12 weeks. For others, therapy is an ongoing learning process and the

children come for a longer period.


What types of services do you provide?

We provide therapy services for children to address speech, language and feeding  
disorders. We work in our office as well as in schools.  Services provided within the
public school system are supported by the school system.

We provide medically based evaluations for therapy services in our office to include Apraxia, language, feeding, swallowing, articulation and processing. These evaluations are on going. The first appointment is typically 45 minutes to an hour.

We also provide educationally based evaluations to assist with educational planning. These evaluations are typically 2 /12 to 3 hours in length of standardize testing and typically also include a school observation. Educational evaluations are not billable to insurance.


Where will my child work during his/her session?

All children engage in play and structured drills during their sessions. The children may complete theses tasks sitting on the floor, at the table or move between the two locations. During all sessions, toys are used and geared towards your child's interests. Drills are also utilized and focus on your child's needs.  The toys that are used either help children to learn the tasks or motivate children to keep working. Children are not placed in a chair with a tray and a belt unless they have gross motor needs which require them to have more stability.


How much are your fees and do you take insurance?

Your fee depends on the kinds of services you request. We currently accept the following insurance plans: BCBS, Connecticare, Aetna and Cigna. We are out of network providers with Harvard Pilgrim and United Health Care.
We accept cash and checks for copayments and private pay clients. 


Do you work with families?

As part of therapy, we provide families with take home work, training and support.  Children make the most progress when homework is completed between sessions.


Am I allowed to be in the room during my child's therapy session?

Absolutely.


This is a decision made by parents and your therapist. Some children work better without their parents in the room. Some children do not like to separate from their parents. We like to have parents observe at least part of our session because the homework is easier when parents see us doing the work first. The only time we ask parents to leave is when siblings may be present and distracting or when the child works better without the parent in the room. 

Some families, who cannot stay in the room and would like to see what is happening, look through the window, video tape portions of sessions or bring baby monitors to the sessions.

Stephanie Bendiske,MS CCC-SLP, BCBA

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