Hearing and Speech FAQ


SPEECH QUESTIONS:

Child in speech clinicWill I be a part of the process?
Yes, you are encouraged to participate in establishing treatment goals and the therapeutic process.

What is a screening and how long will it take?
A screening is a gross measure of an individual's speech and language abilities to determine if further testing or intervention is warranted. Speech screenings and brief parent consult are completed in less than hour.

What is an evaluation?
The evaluation determines which sounds or language skills are deficient and to what degree, so that a speech and/or language treatment program may be customized to the particular person's needs.

How long will the evaluation take?
The evaluation may be completed in one session or may require multiple sessions depending on the individual and the scope of the evaluation.

How long are therapy sessions?
A speech therapy session generally lasts 45 to 60 minutes,including a brief parent consult.

How long will the treatment process last?
Varies from patient-to-patient. After approximately three months of treatment, we review the progress made and are better able to estimate the length of treatment. Implementation of home program facilitates progress.

What if we can't afford it?
Fairfax County Health Department operates on a sliding fee scale based on the family's income. To determine if your family is eligible for a reduced rate, please contact the Family Assistance Worker at the clinic you will attend. Be prepared to present last year's W-2 or the last three pay stubs for this year.

Do you accept insurance?
We accept medicaid.
We do not handle insurance reimbursement. We will provide you with documentation required by your insurance carrier. We strongly recommend that you contact your insurance company to determine whether speech and language services are included in your program. Child and clinician working on speech program

Can my other children come with me?
They may come; you may want to bring some quiet toys/books that will hold their attention.

Can my friend/relative bring the child?
Yes, they may with your written authorization.

HEARING QUESTIONS:

What is a hearing evaluation?
The purpose of a hearing evaluation is to quantify and qualify hearing in terms of the degree of hearing loss, the type of hearing loss and the configuration of the hearing loss. The procedures used vary with the age, communication abilities and response levels of the client.

How long will the evaluation take?
A hearing evaluation generally takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

What if we can't afford it?
Fairfax County Health Department operates on a sliding fee scale based on the family's income. To determine if your family is eligible for a reduced rate, please contact the Family Assistance Worker at the clinic you will attend. Be prepared to present last year's W-2 or the last three pay stubs for this year. Hearing test with child raising hand

Do you accept insurance?
We do not handle insurance reimbursement. We will provide you with documentation required by your insurance carrier. We strongly recommend that you contact your insurance company to determine whether hearing services are included in your program.

Can my other children come with me?
They may come; you may want to bring some quiet toys/books that will hold their attention.

Can my friend/relative bring the child?
Yes, they may with your written authorization.

You may contact us by telephone 703-246-7120  TTY 711


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