- I’m concerned about my child’s communication development, but my pediatrician advised me to “wait and see” – what should I do?
- My child seems typical until we are around other kids her age, and then I start to worry she might be delayed. What should I do?
- When is the best time to start speech/language therapy?
- I’m worried my child might have autism, what should I do?
- Do you take insurance?
- Is financial assistance available?
I’m concerned about my child’s communication development, but my pediatrician advised me to “wait and see” – what should I do?
As a parent, you know your child best. If at any time you have a concern or desire additional expertise about your child’s communication skills, contact a licensed speech-language pathologist to schedule an assessment or simply have an informational chat on the phone. It never hurts to get more information from a specialist! They can complete an in-depth assessment of your child’s skills to determine whether they are on-track, or in need of some intervention.
My child’s speech seems typical until we are around other kids her age, and then I start to worry her language might be delayed. What should I do?
Every child develops at his or her own pace, and two children of the same age can present different strengths and weaknesses in their language development. While it is important to avoid too many direct comparisons between your child and others, as a parent, you should listen to your instincts. Research has shown that parents are excellent reporters of their child’s skills and usually know if something is amiss. If you are concerned, seek more information. A speech-language pathologist can assess your child’s communication skills to determine if they are progressing typically or if any skills need further development. For more information or referrals to other types of developmental specialists, contact us.
When is the best age for my children to start speech/language therapy?
For young children, early intervention is key and the sooner you get the process started, the better the outcomes will be for your child. Call for more information or schedule an assessment with a speech-language professional as soon as you have a concern. If you are concerned about your child’s speech sounds (e.g., says /w/ instead of /r/ or can’t say the /k/ or /g/ sounds), you can also contact us for more information about what is developmentally-appropriate and at what stage it would be best to assess and address these errors.
I’m worried my child might have autism, what should I do?
Autism Speaks provides a list of red flags which indicate that a child should be screened or evaluated for autism. It lists general red flags in addition to red flags at various stages in your child’s development. San Francisco has phenomenal resources for assessment of autism spectrum disorders and you will be able to obtain detailed, accurate information about your child’s development through an assessment at a center such as the Autism Center of Northern California (ACNC) or the Kalmanovitz Child Development Center at CPMC. Early diagnosis leads to the best outcomes. It is also recommended to schedule a speech and language assessment to determine how your child’s communication skills are progressing. Feel free to contact us for additional referrals or if you would like to chat about your child’s development.
Do you take insurance?
Yes! We are in-network with the following plans:
All Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO and EPO plans from any state
HealthNet PPO (prior authorization required)
Kaiser (requires referral through Kaiser’s system)
If your insurance plan is not listed, keep in mind that speech therapy is an eligible FSA and HSA expense and you can use your card to pay for services. We do not accept HMO plans such as those managed by Brown & Toland or Hill Physicians, and we do not accept Medi-Cal. For more information about insurance coverage, visit our blog.
Are you a Golden Gate Regional Center vendor?
Yes! We are a speech/language therapy vendor for GGRC. Our vender number is PG1948.
Is financial assistance available?
At SF Speech for Kids! we offer a limited number of sliding scale openings at a 50-100% discount to qualifying families. Contact us to check availability.