Frequently Asked Questions
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are experts in communication who work with people of all ages, from babies to adults to treat many types of communication and swallowing problems. These include problems with:
– speech sounds
– social communication
– cognitive communication
– feeding & swallowing
To learn more about SLPs and their various areas of expertise, please visit: https://www.asha.org/public/Who-Are-Speech-Language-Pathologists/
Referrals are issued by your primary care provider. Caregivers and/or clients can request a telephone conference or visit their provider’s office to request the referral. Make sure you tell your provider that the referral will be for speech services at Rosario Therapy Center.
All services are provided in English. There are a few clinicians who also provide services in Spanish, though their availability is not always guaranteed.
RTC accepts all American and expatriate health insurances. We are a direct biller for Tricare Overseas Program. Our administrative staff will bill your insurance directly and will then notify you if you owe co-pays.
RTC is a group practice of American-trained and nationally-accredited clinicians providing the current evidence-based practices within their treatment models for all of their clients. Your child will be matched with one of our skilled SLPs. To help achieve continuity and consistency in treatment, that SLP will become the child’s regular clinician
All of our clinicians have varying experience levels providing care for people with autism. Our clinicians have access to training for current practice models and treatment for all conditions and collaborate with professionals within the local community. The founder of RTC is an Advanced Certified Autism Specialist and provides clinical supervision for all clients that are serviced within our center.
All services are provided in person at one of our two outpatient clinic offices. Group care, teletherapy, and in-person home services are available depending on the case and clinician availability.
An initial assessment appointment consists of a review of the client’s relevant medical history, formal and informal evaluation of the client’s skills, and an overview of RTC policies and billing procedures.
No, RTC does not have a waiting list. Due to the nature of developmental delays, it is imperative that clients are serviced in a timely manner. If RTC is unable to provide services, a referral to another provider in the community will be advised.
Therapy hours are dependent on a client’s needs, clinician/family availability, and approval from insurance. A majority of clients receive therapy once per week for one hour.
Individual speech therapy sessions are 1 hour; 45-50 minutes of direct service time and 10-15 minutes of transitional time for parent education and note writing. Evaluations range anywhere from 60 minutes to 120 minutes depending on the type of evaluation, and most bilingual (English/Spanish) evaluations are 180 minutes.
Yes! Parents are encouraged to be an active participant in their child’s care, as carryover has the best results when the child is experiencing consistent expectations across all settings.
Goals are determined based on developmental skill and functional needs. Yes, clients and parents are welcome to provide insight and input. The client’s treatment plan is a collaborative effort to address their functional daily living needs between caregivers, service providers, and clients.
Your clinician will provide home-based activities during the course of treatment based on their disorder, however immersing your child in a language-rich environment, asking critical thinking questions, and supporting their problem-solving skills are always beneficial strategies to focus on at home.
The amount of time a person needs speech therapy depends on a few factors, including their age, type/severity of speech disorder, frequency of therapy, underlying medical conditions, and treatment of underlying medical conditions. Some speech disorders begin in childhood and improve with age, while others may continue into adulthood and require long-term therapy and treatment.