The Diagnostic Experience

Speech for Life’s staff will support and walk with you through the evaluation and therapeutic process

The diagnostic experience is warm and welcoming as parents are invited to observe their child’s assessment. Parents are a vital part of the diagnostic process and therefore we include the family unit when developing an individualized treatment plan. Goals are established with family dynamics in mind that can be generalized into the home and community settings.

The assessment process consists of:

  1. Parent or patient calling Speech For Life Therapy Center (713) 218-9947 to schedule an evaluation.
  2. Our intake/billing department will discuss payment options and confirm the cost of the evaluation, treatment, insurance coverage prior to the evaluation.
  3. Parent/patient should plan to spend 1 ½ to 2 hours for the evaluation.
  4. Parent/patient will complete case history documentation and an agreement with consent to treat.
  5. Parents are welcome to sit in the waiting area or observe their child’s evaluation from the adjacent observation area.

What is the evaluation like?

Speech For Life Therapy Center’s speech therapists know that a child’s first visit must be a great experience! Children perform better when they feel safe and are motivated by friendly faces and fun activities. Speech For Life Therapy Center’s speech therapist are trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and some are dually certified Registered Behavior Technicians.

Our team of superheroes know how to calm a child, motivate a child, how to reduce anxiety, and how to elicit responses from a child that will lead to an accurate diagnosis. During the evaluation, your child will explore the evaluation room, engage in play with the examining clinician, and will perform tasks with various activities with the examining clinician. Evaluations are not scary and do not hurt! Our team wants your child to want to return for needed treatment.

What does the whole process look like?

Trained, experienced therapists evaluate you or your child, write an evaluation report, discuss in detail the findings of the evaluation, and recommend medically necessary therapy. Children attend regularly scheduled therapy appointments. Parents are encouraged to meet with their child’s therapists after every session or at least once per month for training, carryover tips, and to receive details about goals and progress.

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