FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is "Speech?"

"Speech," also called Articulation, can be thought of as the set of sounds we make using our voice, tongue, teeth, and lips, that comprise the words we use when communicating verbally. Just as children reach physical milestones at different times, each speech sound will develop within different, expected time-frames. 

What is Language?

Language encompasses how we use and understand words and sentences. There are language developmental milestones which children are expected to meet in certain time-frames. Language is comprised of three parts:

  • Expressive Language: The words and sentences we produce verbally.

  • Receptive Language: How we understand and process words and sentences.

  • Pragmatics: How we communicate socially and the rules of communication. 

What is "Stuttering?"

Stuttering, also called Fluency, is a communication disorder in which the rate and flow of a person’s speech are interrupted. Speech may be broken up by repetitions (“How-how-how are you?”), prolongations (“Hooooww are you?”), or blocks (where no sound comes out).

Does my child need speech therapy?

Maybe you have noticed your child having difficulty with production of some speech sounds. Maybe your child is a "late talker." Or maybe you are not sure if he or she is fully understanding what you say to them. If you're not sure whether your child might need therapy, a good place to start is your pediatrician or your child's daycare provider or teacher. These professionals can usually gauge your child's speech/language skills based on what other children of the same age are doing. A speech or language disorder may only be formally diagnosed by a licensed speech-language pathologist. If you are unsure if your child is meeting speech or language milestones within the expected time-frames, take look a these speech and language developmental milestone charts. If your child is a year or more behind in any milestones, consider reaching out to a speech-language pathologist for a formal evaluation. 

Do you accept insurance? 

Although insurance is not accepted at this time, a superbill is able to be provided which clients may submit to insurance independently for reimubursement. Please contact sydney@olivebranchspeech.com or call 615.669.4408 for more information about pricing. 

How long are therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions may be 45 minutes or 1 hour in length. Recommended times are based on the severity of communication issues and your child's age.

Further questions?

Contact sydney@olivebranchspeech.com or call 615.669.4408, and I would be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

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