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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Blogger Questions Answered

Published October 11, 2011 8:53 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Every 6 months or so, I like to recap and review popular posts and the topics that seem to be most important to our readers. In addition, I carefully comb through recent reader comments to make sure that questions are being addressed and people are able to get the answers they are seeking. Today's post will do just that, so please join me in responding to people's concerns and questions.

Our granddaughter (4 years old) has apraxia. Do you know of locations in Maryland that could be helpful to her? My daughter's insurance will only cover so many sessions of therapy. I understand that she needs 4-5 1/2 hour individual sessions each week. We are looking for different ways of getting the help she needs. Can you help us?

-Jerry, Hampstead, MD 

My response to this question would be to contact your local district and inquire about early intervention services in your area. Because your granddaughter is 4, she would receive services in an educational setting (e.g., the local public school or whenever she attends preschool if she is currently enrolled in one).

One thing I have learned over the last 3 years I have been writing this blog is that each district throughout the country is a little different and laws, regulations, etc. can vary slightly depending on where you live. This is why it is best to contact your local school district and see how they provide their early intervention services.

If your granddaughter qualifies for speech therapy through your district (which it sounds as though she would) then services would be free and could be used in addition to any private speech therapy she is receiving.

Also, if both therapists are willing and you give permission, they could collaborate their sessions; therefore working on the same skills and using the same or similar techniques which will give consistency to your granddaughter's therapy.

How do I find out about getting my 3 year old into this program for speech therapy?

-Ramona, Rock Hill, SC 

As stated above, you would need to contact your local school district. If you are not sure where to begin, Google the name of your local school district and try contacting the Office of Early Intervention. Remember, if your child is under the age of 3, services should be provided at your home (unless you specify otherwise, such as at daycare, etc.).

Once your child is between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, services will then be provided in an educational setting, such as at the preschool where you child attends or you may need to bring them to the local office to receive itinerant speech therapy services.

Hi Stephanie! I like your blog so much! I want to know if you have a Twitter acccount?

-Alma, Mexico City 

I am sorry to say I do not currently have a twitter account, but I am thinking maybe I should get one! For now, the best places to reach me are through this blog, my email address (see below) or through Facebook on the ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists website page.



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No qeustoin this is the place to get this info, thanks y'all.

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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