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The Process

The consultation:

If you wish, you can begin with a free 15 minute phone consultation. During the consultation you can share your concerns, get your questions answered, and learn about what Socially Sound Therapy Solutions has to offer. If we feel an evaluation is recommended and you are interested in proceeding, we can also use this time to complete a verbal intake form and schedule an evaluation.

The evaluation:

To get started, Socially Sound Therapy Solutions will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of you, your child, or loved one’s communication, cognition, literacy, and/or swallowing function as based on the concerns reported during the consultation and completion of the initial intake form. In order to provide the highest quality service for you or your child, a full and current evaluation is necessary for all new clients; however, at our discretion, a current evaluation (within one year) from a speech-language pathologist may be sufficient. A copy of the evaluation must be provided prior to the start of therapy.

* It is appreciated that copies of any current associated treatment documentation or medical records be provided during the initial evaluation (i.e. school IEPs/ISPs, previous treatment notes or progress reports from other facilities, or supporting documentation for a new diagnosis).

During the evaluation:

A comprehensive speech/language evaluation is a means of gathering information so that we have a complete and detailed understanding of each patient’s strengths and weaknesses in order to best meet each individual’s needs. It can include both formal (standardized) measures and informal assessment (i.e. checklists, screenings, questionnaires) with a licensed speech-language pathologist. At this time, we may also collect information from parent/caregiver/patient in an interview-style format.

Evaluations will be scheduled in one or two hour blocks, depending upon the area being assessed. The actual length of each evaluation varies based on the assessment tools administered and the age and attention of each patient.

After the evaluation:

From there, the therapist will score and analyze the collected data and provide recommendations based on the evaluation results. The therapist may speak briefly with the patient, parent, or family immediately following the evaluation with general impressions about the patient’s current level of functioning and need for services in that area, but a formal and detailed written evaluation report, which includes evaluation scores, summary of findings, and recommendations, will be provided to each individual or caregiver within 10 days from the initial evaluation date and only after payment has been made. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about cost, payment, and insurance.

The Plan of Care:

If results of the evaluation indicate a need for therapy services, the therapist will generate a customized Plan of Care which outlines the goals to be worked on in therapy which will also be included in the documentation provided.

The first treatment session:

During the first scheduled treatment session, you can expect that the majority of the session will be used to review the evaluation report and Plan of Care, as well as our policies and procedures. This is the time that you will be able to get all of your questions answered. The remaining time left in the session for children will likely focus on building rapport and establishing familiarity with the treating clinician. For older clients, if time allows, treatment will begin.

Future sessions:

Depending upon the nature and severity of the impairment as well as the age and development of the patient, you and your therapist will agree upon a frequency and duration of treatment. Treatment sessions are available in 45 minute or 1 hour blocks and often occur 1-2 times per week.

At the end of each session, your therapist will provide information related to you or your child's progress as well as “homework” or things to work on between now and the next session.

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