Frequently Asked Questions:
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Why do children need Occupational, Speech, or Physical Therapy?
Pediatric therapy is valuable to children who are not meeting age-appropriate, developmental milestones. Therapists are trained to understand how children develop and can train caregivers and family members to address developmental delays in the home.
How do I know if my child needs therapy?
Every child is different and develops at a different rate. There are norms that we use to determine if a child is within normal age level expectations. If you are concerned about your child’s speech, language, or feeding development, it is best to bring your concerns up with your pediatrician. Keep in mind that your instincts are often your keenest guide. If your child is showing signs of difficulty or delay, don’t wait!!! The earlier we can work with a child, the better the prognosis. Please find below some “red flags” that indicate a need for a closer look:
· difficulty sucking, eating, gaining weight
· difficulty transitioning from bottle to jar foods to solids
· moderate to severe reflux causing irritability and regulating difficulties
· non-responsiveness to voices, sounds, faces, music, or toys
· no babbling noticed by 9 months of age
· no imitation or gestures, sounds, or words by 12-15 months
· lack of interaction, eye contact, or play
· repetitive play and behaviors
· avoidance or difficulty with textures, noise, movement, or food
· lack of oral exploration and mouthing of toys
· excessive drooling (independent of getting new teeth)
· inability to follow simple, novel, commands such as “Where’s the ball?”
· not able to understand words they say even to get basic wants and needs met
School Aged Children:
· difficulties with following the school routine, attending
· incorrect grammar, syntax, articulation
· lack of conversational speech and “rich” language
· difficulties re-telling a story or telling about an event
· challenges with pre-reading, phonemic awareness, phonics, or reading
What age is recommended to start therapy?
It depends on the developmental needs of the child, but the earlier the better. Building Blocks Therapy LTD offers credentialed therapists to provide early intervention services through the state program that start from birth to age 3. If you are not enrolled in the state program we are able to provide therapy services from birth on through adulthood.
How much will therapy cost?
Illinois Early Intervention Families:
If your child is eligible for Illinois Early Intervention, payment will initially be submitted to private insurance or paid by the State of Illinois if the insurance does not cover services.
Non-Early Intervention Families:
We are an in-network provider for several insurance companies (see list here). We are able to bill directly to your PPO insurance plan for individual speech therapy. Families are responsible for all co-pays, co-insurances and applicable uncovered charges.
Services are also available on a private pay basis for those clients where services not covered by insurance. For families paying out of pocket, we also offers discounted billing rates. After checking with your insurance carrier, you may find that being billed our out of pocket rate may be cheaper.
Building Blocks Therapy accepts payment by check or credit card.
What is your cancellation policy?
Notice of a cancellation must be given at least 24 hours prior to the session or a cancellation fee of $20.00 per occurrence will be charged. Please call the main office at 331-248-0251 as well as your therapist as soon possible. Advance notice allows us to offer the appointment to another client who may need to make up an appointment as well as notifies the therapist not to prepare for your session. You are encouraged to make-up missed appointments to ensure continuity of you or your child’s therapy program.
What billing or insurance information will I receive?
You will receive a copy of your bill. After your insurance has paid, we'll provide you with a monthly statement of your account.
How long will it take to get things settled with the insurance company?
Generally, it takes from 45 to 60 days to obtain payment from an insurance carrier.