Preparing for Your Visit
After you’ve scheduled an appointment for yourself or your child, please provide any helpful documents or test results, which may include:
- Hearing tests
- Individualized Education Programs (IEP), current or past
- Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP)
- Neuropsychological or educational testing
- Previous speech and language evaluations or reports
- Developmental evaluations
- Any additional relevant information
Referral/Prescription & Insurance Coverage
If you are having concerns about your child’s language or speech skills, you may self-refer for a speech and language evaluation or screening. Your insurance company may require that you get a prescription from your child’s primary care physician or pediatrician.
You or your child’s speech and language evaluation insurance coverage will depend on your insurance plan’s coverage and benefits. You may wish to consult with your child’s doctor and your insurance company to determine if anything is needed prior to your speech and language evaluation.
Day of Appointment
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to check in. Please also complete the New Patient Intake Application prior to your first visit to ensure that our time together can be effectively spent in the evaluation. We recommend that you allow for 60 minutes during your evaluation.
Learn more about Screening, Evaluations, and Treatment.
If you will not be arriving 15 minutes before your appointment, or if you are expecting to arrive late, please call to let us know so we can determine if your appointment will need to be rescheduled.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your child’s appointment for any reason, call us as soon as possible at 406-581-8440.
It is preferable that siblings do not accompany your child to the appointment. This will help us obtain the best attention for your child and assessment of his/her skills.
What to expect
A speech and language evaluation consists of a comprehensive assessment of your child’s ability to understand language, use language to communicate, articulate, and use his/her voice to speak clearly and fluently. Please allow 90 minutes for the evaluation to be completed.
At the end of the evaluation, you will be given information regarding your child’s speech and language abilities, appropriate medical, educational and community resources to meet your child’s needs, ideas for home practice, and recommendations and goals for therapy, if necessary.