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Do we take insurance?

There are times when speech and language delays appear obvious  but…the child may not be eligible for speech therapy services.  Cue most moms pulling out their hair!!  These decisions are based on qualifying criterion from federal regulations and state education laws. Sometimes, parents may also wish to have more services for their child, OR a school simply cannot provide the intensity of services that you want.  So, our phone rings off the hook from parents trying with all their might to get additional services.

But, when families look for private therapy the #1 question we get is….. “ DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?”… cue me taking a deep breath here.  Most private health plans will not pay for exact same services that are provided in early intervention or public school settings. Although some therapies such as physical therapy and occupational therapy may be covered by your private insurance plan, speech therapy services are most likely a completely different story. The following may help to guide you in understanding what your options might be.

If your child has a diagnosis of Autism, some states will cover necessary therapeutic services for your child. To see what states this applies to, refer to our insurance tab here. Also, check out Luke’s law for information on services that are available by the state for your child diagnosed with autism.

Now if none of these apply to you, don’t fret. For birth-3 aged kiddos, Easter Seals Hawaii offers no cost speech services for those who are not eligible for services through the DOE. For your school aged child (including preschool) the DOE is required to provide no cost services when deemed necessary to educational development to those in a SPED program.

If the DOE is not an option, The University of Hawaii offers low cost speech therapy services to anyone in need.

Another thing to consider are that many scholarships out there for speech therapy services. We do have a running list to share with you if you were interested.  Contact us via phone or email to receive a copy

(808) 596-0099

admin@speechsolutionshawaii.com

We always encourage clients to contact their insurance providers and what your insurance may actually cover.

For more information click here.

Hope this helps!

Mahalo,

Speech Solutions

19 Aug 2017

BY: trini

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CAS

In this months newsletter we talk about childhood apraxia of speech or CAS. Childhood apraxia of speech is a motor disorder that effects a child’s ability to produce speech. These children know what they want to say; however, their brain has difficulty coordinating muscle movements of their articulators. The most noticeable sign of apraxia is the inconsistency of errors.

Others include:  Read More “CAS”

11 Jul 2017

BY: trini

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The benefits of baby signs
If you’ve had a chance to read our July newsletter, we talked about the benefits of teaching your baby “baby signs”!
What are “baby signs”?
Baby signs are simple sign language gestures that your baby can use when expressing their needs and wants.

Common starter signs: Read More “The benefits of baby signs”

06 Jun 2017

BY: trini

Blogs / Education / Language / School / Speech Therapy / Therapists / Uncategorized

5 tips for eliciting the /s/ sound

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Is your kiddo having a difficult time making the /s/ sound?
Here’s some tricks on how to elicit the sound correctly:
First: Place a tongue depressor on the alveolar ridge (the bumpy spot behind your teeth) so that your kiddo can become familiar with where their tongue needs to be.
Second: Have them make the /t/ sound. The /s/ and the /t/ are made by placing the tongue in the exact same place!

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05 May 2017

BY: trini

Blogs / Education / Language / Speech Therapy / Therapists

Let’s talk social skills

Let’s talk about social skills!
Social skills are a huge part of language development!

But learning them does not always come easy, especially for our kiddos with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They tend to have a difficult time with social skills and it can be a task trying to incorporate them into their therapeutic routine. Read More “Let’s talk social skills”

15 Apr 2017

BY: trini

Blogs / Education / Language / School / Speech Therapy / Therapists / Uncategorized

3 tips for eliciting the /r/ sound

Aloha from everyone here at Speech Solutions Hawaii!

We know the /r/ sound is any SLP’s dreaded goal in therapy!  It’s hard to elicit and not to mention it isn’t a visual sound. But we are here to tell you that targeting the /r/ does not have to be a headache and can actually be very fun to teach! Read More “3 tips for eliciting the /r/ sound”

21 Mar 2017

BY: trini

Blogs / Education / Language / School / Speech Therapy / Therapists

App Review of “My PlayHome”

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As much as we try to avoid using iPad’s in therapy it is inevitable in this day in age. We have done some research to find the best apps to use for speech development. Here is one of our favorites! Read More “App Review of “My PlayHome””

27 Feb 2017

BY: trini

Blogs / Education / Language / Speech Therapy

Bring Literacy into Speech Therapy!

Want to bring Literacy into your speech and language activities?!?  One great way target articulation and language goals is by picking a favorite book. The options for targeting goals are endless. One of my personal favorites is Mrs. McNosh hangs up her wash. If you aren’t familiar with this one, it’s a very cute and silly story about a woman who hangs up EVERYTHING; starting with her clothes, to her newspaper,  and even her dog! This read is great for targeting the /s/ and /sh/ sounds, sequencing events, and even talking about the main character in a story.

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28 Oct 2016

BY: trini

Education

What You Need to Know About an Au Pair

by Misti Bushmire

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If you’ve ever read early 20th century literature or any Agatha Christie mysteries I’m sure you remember how many families had an au pair as part of their family – but never as the criminal!  It’s not a concept that is well known in the United States but au pairs were very common in Europe from the late 1800’s and still are.  The word means “on par” or “equal to” in French. The intention was a reciprocal, caring relationship, the au pair being part of the family, not a servant.  Typically an au pair is a young woman aged 18-26 (sometimes a young man but we will say young woman simply for ease of discussion) from another country. They provide childcare and light housekeeping in return for room and board and a weekly stipend.

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25 Sep 2016

BY: trini

Crafty Time / Inspiration

How To Build A Craft Kit

by Misti Bushmire

Encouraging creativity in our kids is as simple as getting them involved in a craft! Not only does this fuel their imagination, but doing crafts and incorporate speech goals, sensory play and fine motor skills.

But for the “adult” it can feel overwhelming when you see that amazing idea on Pinterest and then the thought gathering a whole bunch of supplies from all over the house dampens the crafty impulse. Let’s make it simple with a kit! What do you need in your craft arsenal?  I’m going to answer that right now!  Let’s start with some tips and move to an actual list of what to buy/save/scrounge.

Read More “How To Build A Craft Kit”