Frequently asked questions
WHAT IS SPEECH THERAPY?
Speech & Language Therapy involves the assessment and diagnosis of communication and swallowing disorders resulting from a variety of causes. Speech therapy may involve the treatment of articulation skills (producing speech sounds), receptive and expressive language (understanding and using language), social language, and more. A primary goal of pediatric speech therapy is to improve a child’s ability to communicate effectively and independently.
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
WHAT IS A PICKY EATER?
Picky eating is often characterized as unwillingness to eat familiar foods, difficulty/avoidance/refusal to try new foods, and having strong food preferences. This can result in limited diets, poor nutritional intake, digestive difficulties, and other health-related issues. Picky eaters can be any age. Often, babies have difficulty when transitioning from stage 2 to stage 3 foods. Toddlers and children can have extremely limited diets (chicken nuggets, anyone?!) and even adolescents can struggle with their variety of food intake.
WHAT IS FEEDING THERAPY?
Our occupational therapists have been trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, which is an intensive course focused on sensory-based experiences to further increase nutritional intake for children. Our therapists have also been trained in the Beckman Oral Motor program as well as other pertinent feeding courses. Feeding is a very personal activity that should be handled with respect and patience. From babies to adolescents, Bright SpOT Pediatric Therapy is dedicated to making mealtime a positive experience for caregivers and their children.
DOES MY CHILD NEED SERVICES?
We are here to help! If you think your child might need speech or occupational therapy, please feel welcome to reach out to us. Whether you are interested in individual services or social camps, we have options to meet your needs. Maybe your most recent well visit with your child’s pediatrician has sparked your own research – we would love to speak with you and answer any questions you might have! We hope that Bright SpOT will be the right fit for your child, but if not, we would be more than happy to direct you to other resources that fit you and your family’s needs.
WHAT ARE SOCIAL CAMPS?
Social camps aim to improve a child’s ability to interact appropriately in social settings (home, school, etc.). Children will learn a multitude of social concepts together, while also building relationships. Some skills addressed may include perspective taking, turn taking, conversation skills, emotional regulation, understanding social rules, and win/lose behavior.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
After satisfying administrative paperwork necessities, your therapist will conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation to address your concerns regarding your child. From there, a report will be written based on evaluation findings and an individualized plan of care will be established. Sessions will commence at a frequency and duration discussed by you and your therapist.
WHAT ABOUT LOCATION?
For the majority of children, therapy sessions will be conducted in or around the home. Being a mobile outpatient practice, we are excited to provide flexibility to our patients and families by choosing locations based on current needs and goals, including parks, grocery stores, and more.
DO YOU TAKE MY INSURANCE?
Providing accessible therapy to all families is important to us. As a courtesy, we will bill your insurance company for services provided for in-network and out-of-network plans. Please contact us regarding your specific insurance plan.
CAN I PRIVATE PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES?
Yes! We accept private pay clients as well. Please contact us to learn about our prompt pay discount options or for more information regarding private pay.
WHAT IS NEURODIVERSITY?
Webster’s Dictionary defines Neurodiversity as
1. individual differences in brain functioning regarded as normal variations within the human population;
2. the concept that differences in brain functioning within the human population are normal and that brain functioning that is not neurotypical should not be stigmatized;
3. the inclusion in a group, organization, etc. of people with different types of brain functioning.
If you are interested in reading more about Neurodiversity, please see this article published by Understood as a jumping off point.
Consult with us to answer any questions you may have.