Frequently asked questions.

What does speech therapy really entail?

Various toys are selected that serve to reinforce treatment goals created for your child, to give your child a break between therapeutic activities, and/or simply as a reward for participating in an activity.

Throughout the treatment, the SLP guides each activity to elicit the desired behaviors, interactions and/or words from your child that will help him/her make progress towards the goals established at the time of evaluation.

How long is a speech therapy session?

A typical session is 50-minutes long.  The remaining 10-minutes is to consult with families about how the child performed that session and to discuss any home strategies to engage in at home throughout the week.

How often are sessions and will we be involved as parents?

Sometimes homework activities may be created for you to continue at home.  In reality, one hour once a week will not lead toward the kind of progress most parents are hoping to achieve.  Parents and caregivers are just as integral to a child’s progress as the SLP alone.  Our philosophy integrates parent-child-SLP as equal partners in this process.

How long will your child need speech-language intervention?  

There is no definitive answer to this question. This is really dependent on how your child demonstrates progress throughout treatment.  Progress is determined by the child’s own ability, having a good relationship with the SLP, and parental involvement.  

Is Smiling Star Speech & Language contracted with any insurance companies?  

We are a participating provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO plans.  Clients with any other insurance plan pay out-of-pocket at the time of service, and submit to their insurance company for reimbursement at the out-of-network rate.