Patient Resources & Information
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 & Insurance Coverage
If you are having concerns about your child’s language, speech, fine motor, or visual perception skills, you may self-refer for an evaluation or screening. Your insurance company may require that you get a referral from your child’s primary care physician or pediatrician and we can assist you in this process.
You or your child’s 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 evaluation.
Day of Appointment
Please arrive on time for 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 are expecting to arrive late for your appointment, 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 406-219-2114. We require 24 hours notice for cancellations.
It is preferable that siblings do not accompany your child to the appointment. We do our best to limit distractions so your child can focus on the evaluation of his/her skills.
What to expect
Speech and Language Evaluation
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 60 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.