FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Will my insurance cover the cost of the evaluation and/or therapy?
There is considerable variability in insurance policies. It is the parent’s responsibility to fully understand their policy coverage in order that billing/CPT codes can be correct on your billing statement. This statement can then be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. Payments are still due by the 15th of the month regardless of the rate of insurance payments. Our accountant will work with you to avoid overpayments.
What are the ages of the children that you treat?
Children have been infants as young as a week and as old as late teens/early 20’s. Ideally, children treated before 8 years of age are believed to have the most neuroplasticity, and thus demonstrate the most change. Older children improve their skills and the ease with which they complete tasks, but seem to have less permanence than younger children.
What is the average length of therapy?
Thorough evaluations provide detailed information about each child’s unique nervous system, which guides the treating therapist for the most efficient treatment. The therapist is continually reassessing your child during each treatment session to facilitate change as quickly as possible. The therapist does not “teach” the child specific skills, but establishes the treatment room/area for the child to “play” and engage in the activities which will organize his/her nervous system and help him/her respond appropriately. The therapist is continually adjusting/upgrading the “play” activities to get a desired response. Children are seen individually for an hour 1-2x/week. Treatment may continue on average, from 3 months to 3 years. The duration of therapy is generally less for the younger child and longer when a child is older, but is unique to each child and their specific underlying areas of difficulty, as each nervous system is unique to each child.
How much homework will we have each week?
Your child’s therapist will make suggestions for activities which may be beneficial. We understand that parents cannot be the parent and the therapist. A family’s most important job is to love this child, as the child’s nervous system is undergoing change. Suggestions are designed to be incorporated into a child’s day. As the therapy program progresses, activities which target higher level skill development and may be more routine and beneficial when done on a daily basis, may be suggested.