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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does typical speech and langugage development look like?
    * Birth to One Year * One to Two Years * Two to Three Years * Three to Four Years * Four to Five Years
  • How do I make an appointment?
    Appointments can be made through our website contact page, by emailing, or by calling us directly at 541-728-3494. If you reach our voicemail, please know we are often working with children, but will always return your call as soon as possible. Our website contact page or email are the most efficient ways to contact us regarding setting up your first appointment.
  • What will happen at my child's first appointment?
    If your child has not had a recent speech and language evaluation, the first appointment will be an evaluation. Your child will participate in a standardized assessment of their communication skills so that we can obtain normative information to create their individual treatment plan. Following the evaluation, we will provide you with a written report and specific goals for therapy. If your child has had a recent evaluation from their school or another clinic/program, we will use that information and parent input to create our own plan of care to share with parents at the start of treatment. Our therapy is always developmentally appropriate and play-based. We provide intensive and structured sessions, but always incorporate fun, play and positive reinforcement. At the end of each session, we briefly speak with parents to summarize the goals that were targeted and what can be done at home to reinforce what was worked on in therapy. We always run our appointments on-time and will meet you at the door at the time of the appointment.
  • Where is your office located and where can I park?
    Our office is centrally located, right off the parkway. Our office building looks like a large home which adds a feeling of comfort for our young clients. Many children we work with often think we live here! Parking is almost always available right outside our front door or across the street. We have additional parking for our building that can be accessed through the back alley if necessary.
  • Can I bring siblings?
    Unless otherwise agreed upon, siblings are not welcome to attend evaluation or therapy sessions at this time. Parents are welcome to wait with siblings outside of the clinic. We always save a few minutes at the end of each session to discuss the focus of the appointment and suggestions for how parents can work on specific skills at home. Communicating with caregivers is an important part of our treatment philosophy. If additional time is needed for discussion, we ask that parents inform their clinician so that those conversations can be done during your scheduled time to avoid running into the next child's appointment.
  • Do you bill insurance?
    Central Oregon Speech & Language is in-network with most insurance companies. If we are not in-network, we offer a reduced "pay at the time of service" rate. Should parents decide to private pay, we can provide a "superbill" that parents can submit directly to their insurance company for out of network reimbursement as specified in their insurance plan. Should you choose to have us bill your insurance (if we are in-network), we will provide you with a verification of benefits form so that you know your specific deductible amount and co-pay/co-insurance responsibility. Deductible payments and co-insurance/co-pays are due at the time of service and can be paid by check or credit card.
  • What if I need to cancel an appointment?
    Any appointment that needs to be cancelled can be done by texting or calling our office manager or your clinician. We require 24-hour notice to cancel, but we understand that children may sometimes go to bed feeling just fine and wake up sick. For this reason, we offer the option of doing the session via teletherapy or rescheduling the session during the next week in order to avoid our late cancellation fee. Our financial and attendance policies are outlined in detail prior to the first session.
  • What is your inclement weather policy?
    We are incredibly lucky to live in beautiful Central Oregon; however, we realize that our winters can be harsh! Our policy is based upon the fact that we do not want you to risk life or limb in order to avoid a cancellation fee. In case of inclement weather, we ask that you reach out to your clinician (or 541-728-3494) as soon as possible to discuss the option of doing teletherapy or rescheduling your session.
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