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Frequently Asked Questions About Working With Joyful Noise Speech Therapy in fort worth, tx

What is it like to work with your SPEECH THERAPISTS? 

We provide individualized and evidence-based pediatric speech therapy catered to your child's specific needs. Research shows that children learn best through play, so our sessions will be play-based and fun. We love for parents to be as involved in the therapy process as they would like. We will also provide home practice activities as needed, and we are always available to answer any questions you might have. We truly value our relationships with our patients and their families, and we are so glad to be part of your journey!

What ages do you work with?

We provide speech therapy for children ages 1 year and older, specializing in 12 months to 6 years old.  We also love to work with school-age children and offer limited after-school speech therapy appointments.

Where will SPEECH THERAPY SERVICES be provided?

We try to make therapy as convenient as possible for families, which is why our therapists come to YOU!  Your speech therapist will provide speech therapy for your child at your home, preschool, daycare, private school, or even out in the community!  We love being able to see kids in their everyday environments and being able to include other people on your child's team.

We are also excited to now offer speech therapy for kids and toddlers at Fort Worth's newest children's event space--The PlayPocket!  The PlayPocket is located at 5015 El Campo Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

Do you accept insurance?

Joyful Noise Speech Therapy is private pay and does not accept insurance at this time. If you have ever dealt with insurance, you know it can be a challenge. By not accepting insurance, we have fewer restrictions to getting your child the care that is needed, and we are able to start as quickly as possible. This also allows our therapists to follow their own recommendations for treatment without being restricted by what an insurance plan will cover.

However, just because we do not accept insurance does NOT mean that your insurance company will not cover some/all services. Superbills are available by request; you are free to submit superbills directly to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.

What makes speech therapy different for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

With apraxia, a child has difficulty with the motor planning and programming required for producing speech. This means that speech therapy needs to focus on the *movement* that happens when sequencing sounds together during speech. Traditional speech therapy focuses on developing individual sounds or patterns, and these approaches are not effective when treating childhood apraxia of speech. In order to help the child be successful, speech therapy for childhood apraxia of speech implements the principles of motor learning and multisensory cueing.  

My toddler isn't talking much. Will he catch up?

There are many factors to consider when thinking about late talkers. For starters, you know your child best! If you are concerned about your child's late talking, we recommend acting on that. Instead of taking a "wait and see" approach, we recommend a "check and see" mentality. Check with a communication expert-- a speech-language pathologist! 

Additionally, we know that early intervention for communication is incredibly important. If your child is delayed or a late talker, we want to be proactive. There are many strategies you can use to help your late talker! 

If you are worried your child is a late talker, please contact us to schedule a free phone consultation and to learn more about how speech therapy can help.

Will my child outgrow his stutter?

Stuttering can be a normal part of speech and language development in young children. There are several risk factors we consider when trying to determine if a child will persist in stuttering or outgrow it. Some of these risk factors include having a family history of stuttering, the length of time stuttering has been present, and what reactions the child is having. Even if a child does end up outgrowing his stutter, an evaluation could be beneficial for parent education and supporting the child.

If your child is stuttering, reach out today for a free phone consultation. We can talk through your child's risk factors and determine if an evaluation might be helpful.

What is Gestalt Language Processing?

There are two ways that children can develop language. Analytic language starts at the word level and builds to phrases and sentences. Gestalt language is learned in longer chunks. These chunks might also be called “scripts” or “echolalia.” A child’s gestalts are often rich with intonation and can be from the child’s favorite TV shows or songs. After learning chunks of language, a child then learns how to be flexible with scripts and breaks the scripts down into single words. As a child progresses through the different stages of Natural Language Acquisition (NLA), he will learn to use novel and self-generated language. It is important that therapy for Gestalt Language Processors is child-led and initially focuses on phrases, not single words.

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