FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For Parents and Caregivers
How do I get started?
If your child is between the ages of birth to 3 years old, we recommend contacting your local regional center and asking for the Early Intervention Intake Coordinator for speech and language services. If a child is found to be eligible for services, a family can select from a list of approved providers to receive therapy. Averhart Collins Speech Therapy Services is an approved provider with the Eastern Los Angeles, San Gabriel/Pomona, and Lanterman centers. Use the links below to learn more:
What is speech therapy and what does a therapist do?
Many children need help communicating. This could be due to a speech or language delay or disorder, an illness or accident, or other diagnoses, such as Autism. Speech and language therapy is designed to address speech, language, social skills, play skills, memory and attention, and literacy skills.
Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists use many different therapeutic techniques to help individuals reach their full potential.
Does my child need speech therapy?
That is often a tough question for any parent or caretaker who is concerned about the speech, language, play, or social skills development of their children. To help make this decision, Averhart Collins Speech Therapy Services will have a conversation with the parents to determine if an evaluation is recommended. We will then perform an evaluation (which you can read more about here) to determine how your child's speech, language, play, and/or social skills are developing and if there are any areas your child is behind their peers in.
How long will my child need speech and language therapy?
It is difficult to determine the exact amount of time an individual will require therapy as there are many factors to consider. However, it is always our goal to help each individual meet their communication goals as quickly as possible. Progress will be monitored on an ongoing basis.