To give some insight into why we are not in-network, speech therapy is not billed based on time spent with the patient. This means whether we spend 15 minutes or 3 hours in therapy, the insurance company only reimburses one set amount, which is typically around $45 . For this reason, in-network providers require patients to come 2-4 times a week for 30-minute sessions. This allows them to receive that set amount multiple times. However, at Budding Voices we only offer full hour sessions. We do this for a number of reasons, but in short it allows us more opportunities to establish new skills and target more goals. We also see quicker progress. We focus on the family’s needs and child’s needs rather than jumping through hoops to get reimbursement from the insurance company.
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We offer one-hour individual therapy sessions. Each session includes 50-minutes of direct contact treatment and 10-minutes of indirect treatment. This allows the clinician time to complete session notes, track progress, and provide feedback to the parents or caregivers.
We strive to include the family throughout the treatment process. Parents or caregivers are invited to observe and participate in the first 2 sessions. Then you and your clinician will determine how often you should participate in therapy sessions with your child. It is important for your child to have one-on-one time with the therapist to establish new skills and work through challenges. Your clinician will invite you to observe sessions when appropriate so you can help your child grow and develop at home between sessions.
We encourage you to be an active member of your child's treatment. You and your clinician will determine the best means for feedback and how often it will occur. We understand that life can get busy. We are happy to communicate with you in person, on the phone, via email, and through text message. Formal progress reports can be provided for an additional charge.
Budding Voices does not currently accept or participate in any insurance plans. This means we do not bill insurance directly. However, depending on your specific plan, you may have out-of-network benefits. In general, a PPO plan will have out-of-network benefits, while a HMO plan will not. We always recommend new families call their insurance provider prior to starting service to identify any out-of-network benefits and to calculate expected out-of-pocket costs. We will supply you with any necessary documentation (including diagnosis and treatment codes) to facilitate claims for reimbursement to your insurance provider. We are happy to discuss billing options to find a plan that works for your family.
Because every child has different abilities, your initial consultation includes an informal evaluation. Based on your child's needs this may involve observation, parent interview, and administration of formal assessment tools. Completing an evaluation allows us to fully understand your child's strengths and challenges. You will be asked to complete a history form and a parent questionnaire. We may ask you to provide copies of previous reports from other service providers, including doctors, therapists, and teachers. The amount of time needed to complete an evaluation varies. We will discuss how much time you should allow when you make an appointment.
Following the evaluation, you will receive:
If recommended, your child will then begin individual therapy sessions. Please see the Therapy section for more information.
Budding Voices is pleased to offer a FREE initial consultation to all new families. This is a 45-60 minute session during which you and your child can come meet with one of our clinicians. You will have the opportunity to express any concerns about your child's speech-language development, as well as discuss any relevant background information. We will also spend some time engaging you child in informal assessment through play-based activities. The consultation is the first step to becoming part of the Budding Voices family.
Tiffany will be offering comprehensive autism evaluations to new and existing families. These 3 appointments (across 1 or 2 sessions) will include administration of the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), along with the GARS-3 (Gilliam Autism Rating Scale) and the SRS-2 (Social Responsiveness Scale). A speech-language screening is also included.
Families will be provided with a thorough report, including results of testing, interpretation, and recommendations. A parent/caregiver-only follow-up meeting to discuss the evaluation either in-office or via telehealth is offered at an additional fee.
We can accept payment via cash, personal check, electronic bank transfer, or credit card. Families receive invoices via QuickBooks and can make payment securely through the provided link.
We prefer payment on a monthly basis. However, you can discuss your specific needs with our team. Discounted rates are offered for advanced payment, multiple children, and those without insurance reimbursement for out-of-network services. All fees and payment procedures will be discussed and agreed upon prior to the start of services.
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