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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why choose Radiant Moments Pediatric Therapy?
    While there are many reasons to choose Radiant Moments, we believe the most important reason is the partnership we cultivate with families. We know that children make the most progress when families understand their child’s needs and feel empowered to support them. From our experience, we know how overwhelming it feels to take on the responsibility of determining which therapies your child needs, finding providers you trust, and integrating therapy into your already busy schedule. We want to join your support system and guide you along your child’s therapeutic journey in a way that feels authentic and meaningful.
  • How can I feel confident in choosing the best speech therapist?
    In graduate school, speech therapists are trained to address all aspects of communication and swallowing across the lifespan. You want to make sure that the speech therapist you choose has a high level of experience, skill, and proficiency in your child’s area of need. For example, if you have an autistic child who is not yet speaking, you want to ask your speech therapist about their experience working with nonspeaking autistic children. A response that sounds general, such as “all of our therapists are trained to work with children with various needs,” you may not be getting a therapist that specializes in supporting autistic children. You want to hear passion in the speech therapist’s voice and learn about their strategies. At Radiant Moments, we are skilled in and passionate about the following areas: articulation disorders, phonological processing disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, orofacial myofunctional disorders, early language delays/late talkers, augmentative and alternative communication, gestalt language processing, and feeding.
  • Are you considered a neurodiversity-affirming practice?
    Yes! At Radiant Moments, we believe that the unique communication styles and preferences of neurodivergent children should be appreciated. Our approach not only supports neurodivergent children in gaining the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives, but also helps their loved ones understand how to advocate for them. We aim to learn from the disabled and neurodivergent communities in order to best foster communication growth, self-advocacy, and overall regulation for our clients.
  • How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
    Trust your intuition! If you think your child needs help, they probably do. You can also speak with your child’s pediatrician or teacher as they are good at gauging how your child’s skills compare to other children their age. Radiant Moments offers comprehensive evaluations that assess speech, language, and feeding skills in order to determine whether or not your child would benefit from therapy. Please visit our Services page for more information.
  • Why don’t you accept insurance?
    We understand that many families rely on insurance coverage to access healthcare services. However, at this time, Radiant Moments does not accept insurance. Accepting insurance would require us to take time away from learning innovative and effective treatment techniques in order to spend hours billing and dealing with insurance companies.
  • How can I lower my out-of-pocket costs?
    While we do not accept insurance, many insurance plans offer out-of-network benefits that can reimburse families for some or all of our services. We would be happy to send you a helpful document that explains how to determine what your out-of-network benefits are and how to receive reimbursement, in addition to monthly superbills that can be submitted to your insurance. We also happily accept HSA/FSA cards.
  • How much does speech therapy cost?
    We understand that speech therapy can be a financial investment and because of this, we aim to provide the highest level of speech and feeding therapy. Our goal is to help your child quickly acquire the skills they need so they don’t need to spend years in therapy. While the duration of each child’s therapeutic journey is different, when a therapist’s specialty area matches your child’s needs, faster progress and decreased overall cost can be achieved. Please reach out to us for information regarding our current pricing.
  • Is an evaluation necessary?
    The evaluation is an essential step in getting your child’s therapeutic journey off to a good start. The evaluation provides us with specific information regarding your child’s strengths and needs so we can create an effective and efficient support plan. This allows us to hit the ground running at our first therapy session. If you have an evaluation from another speech therapist that accurately describes your child’s current needs, we will gladly use it to create a support plan and move forward with therapy.
  • What can I expect at the evaluation?
    Although every evaluation is different depending on the needs of each child, you can expect the evaluation to last approximately 90 minutes. Prior to the evaluation, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire so that we can best prepare for the evaluation. The evaluation may include a caregiver interview, observations of your child’s skills during play-based activities, and more formal testing in which your child may be asked to perform specific tasks or respond to pictures. Once the evaluation is complete, a detailed report will be written and shared with you at a later date.
  • How long will my child need speech therapy?
    Every family wonders how long their child will need speech therapy. Unfortunately, there is not a definitive answer. The duration of therapy for each child depends on several factors, including the severity of the disorder, the frequency and intensity of therapy, the child’s response to therapy, and family involvement. At Radiant Moments, we devote time to learning innovative and effective techniques that when paired with family involvement leads to faster progress.
  • How long and how frequent are speech therapy sessions?
    Depending on a child’s attention span and level of need, we recommend either 30- or 45-minute therapy sessions. Our 45-minute therapy session is the most popular because families appreciate the extra time to check-in at the beginning of the session to discuss recent progress and at the end of the session to create a home carryover plan. Depending on the child’s type and level of need, in addition to the family’s desired rate of progress, we provide therapy sessions 1-3 times per week.
  • What are the benefits of having speech therapy in my home or child’s school?
    You may have initially thought you had to take your child to a clinic for speech therapy, but the option to have a speech therapist come to your home or child’s school is an advantageous one. Being in the comfort of their home or classroom tends to increase a child’s willingness to engage and participate. Additionally, the speech therapist is able to address communication challenges during real-life activities and routine. When combined with the therapist's expertise and family’s commitment, therapy in the natural environment leads to faster progress.
  • How will I know what you worked on if you see my child at their school?
    One of our core values is family partnership. If you can’t regularly participate in speech therapy sessions, we still want you to feel involved. We send video recaps describing what was addressed during the therapy session, how your child performed, and ideas for home practice. We may even sneak in a video of your child practicing during the session!
  • What can I do to make sure my child’s speech therapy is successful?
    At Radiant Moments, we know that active family involvement leads to a successful therapeutic journey. We highly encourage family participation so that you can learn strategies to implement between therapy sessions. We welcome the opportunity to problem-solve with you and want you to feel comfortable asking questions and sharing concerns.
  • How can we get started?
    We would love to speak with you to see if our specialty areas align with your child’s needs. If we are a good fit and you allow us the opportunity to support you on your child’s therapeutic journey, we will set you up in our electronic medical records system, Simple Practice. There, you will be prompted to complete our initial client paperwork and a comprehensive questionnaire to help us learn more about your child prior to the evaluation. After the evaluation is completed, we will write the report and go over the results with you. We believe that it is essential for you to clearly understand the results of your child’s evaluation and the plan for supporting your child. Weekly therapy sessions will then be scheduled and we will start working towards you and your child’s goals!
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