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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you take insurance?
    At this time we only accept Premera Blue Cross or private pay. We do provide all private pay clients with a statement of services (superbill) that can be submitted to your insurance company should you choose to request reimbursement. It is the client's responsibility to contact the insurance company with any questions you may have regarding your coverage and reimbursement for in-network and out-of-network providers. (Insurance clients) - We highly recommend asking about your deductible so there is no confusion how much will be owed before insurance begins paying. Pure Speech Pathology can provide the codes and other pertinent information you may need to discuss therapy reimbursement with your provider- please contact us before calling them. [A superbill is a detailed invoice outlining the services a client received. The client submits the superbill directly to the insurer, giving the insurer all the information they need to pay the claim. It is up to insurar if they pay all, none, or some of the bill for therapy.]
  • Where are your services provided?
    All of our services are conveniently offered online via a secure teletherapy platform for residents in California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and Washington. Our therapy is engaging and convenient for parents and families who may not live close to a clinic or may not have the time available to travel for therapy.
  • Do you treat other disorder other than lisps, stuttering, and tongue-ties?"
    Yes! As licensed and experienced speech-language pathologists, we are able to treat a wide range of speech and language delays and disorders. At Pure Speech Pathology, we participate in ongoing continuing education in all areas of pediatric speech and language. Some of the other disorders and concerns we treat are: - phonological delays and disorders - early literacy skills and dyslexia - social skills - articulation disorders for all sounds - receptive and expressive language delays and disorders - early intervention (i.e., late talkers) - orofacial myofunctional disorders
  • What is myofunctional therapy?
    Myofunctional therapy involves treating issues with the growth, development, and/or muscular of the orofacial region that impacts a person's breathing, mastication, speech and/or swallowing. Finding a therapist with extensive training in orofacial myology disorders (OMDs) is important to ensure appropriate assessment and treatment is given. Our myofunctional therapist, Rachel, works with a team of people, including orthodontics, dentists, and feeding therapists to ensure a holistic approach to remediating a person's OMD.
  • What are the benefits of seeing a speech therapist for a tongue tie evaluation?
    During our functional evaluations, we closely examine the impact the tongue-tie has on breathing, eating, swallowing, speech and palate development. Oftentimes, the functional impact of the tongue-tie is overlooked by professionals such as pediatricians and ENTs. Following the evaluation, you will receive a detailed written report of our observations and the functional impact of the tongue-tie. We will discuss the findings, determine if a frenectomy is recommended, and create a therapy plan. If a frenectomy is recommended, we refer to a team of providers and provide exercises and therapy prior to and after the procedure.
  • Do you remediate thumb sucking?
    Yes! We accept clients who are at least 4 years old. We can meet and have a consult between therapist, family, and child to see if the child is a good fit for the thumb sucking program. The program is four weeks long.
  • What causes a lisp?
    There are also different underlying causes for lisps, including tongue thrust, tongue-tie, low tone, and many others. This is why an evaluation is critical in understanding the underlying cause which will then guide treatment.
  • Does a lisp only affect the "s" sound?"
    "Lisp" refers to the distortion of the "s" and "z" sounds. However, the incorrect tongue placement and airflow that causes the "s" and "z" sounds to be distorted often also affects: "sh" as in shoe "ch" chip "zh" as in the 's' in usual "dj" as in juice The distortion of these sounds can have an impact on speech intelligibility (how well one's speech is understood by others).
  • Are there different types of lisps?
    Yes! The two main types of lisps are lateral lisps and interdental lisps. A lateral lisp occurs when the air escapes over the sides of the tongue and into the cheeks and can occur on several sounds, /s/, /z/, /sh/, /ch/ /zh/, and /dj/. Parents of children with lateral lisps often describe their child's speech as sounding "mushy" or "slushy". An interdental (frontal) lisp occurs when the tongue sticks out between the front teeth. This error makes /s/ and /z/ sound like “th” (e.g., yeth/yes).
  • At what age do you begin addressing stuttering?
    We provide therapy for stuttering for children as young as three years old. Using an evidence-based process, we develop an understanding of what triggers the child's stuttering to best address all factors impacting a child's speech fluency.
We are currently accepting new clients!

Pure Speech Pathology is licensed to provide speech therapy services in California, Florida, Illinois, and Washington.

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