FAQs

When can a child be evaluated?

As soon as you have the slightest concern or question. Children can be evaluated developmentally for any challenges or gaps in their performance and steps can be taken to help to fill those gaps at any age! In fact, babies have a wonderful place in our practice. We work every day with infants on feeding, motor, and communication challenges (communication isn’t only talking).

Do I need a doctor’s referral or diagnosis to begin?

No. Speech and occupational therapists are able to see clients without a doctor’s prescription.

What do I bring to our first appointment?

Please bring these initial assessment forms. You can bring any IEP paperwork, pertinent medical history, or previous testing as well.

How much does therapy cost?

Our speech and occupational therapy is $115 per 50 minute session. While our costs are generally lower than surrounding clinics, we know therapy can be costly, which is why we are flexible in our scheduling. Many families find great benefit in receiving services weekly (this could be both speech and occupational therapy weekly, or speech one week and OT the following). We also have families that are only able to come once a month.

Will you bill my insurance?

Payment is due up front, at the time of service. We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express. Many families are able to pay with their Health Savings Account or Flex Spending card.  If Family Tree Therapies does not participate with your insurance company, you may receive an invoice after each session that you can submit for reimbursement yourself.  

As of April 1, 2013 we are paneled with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance.  (Please note this does not include Blue Care Network.)  As of October 10, 2014 our occuptional therapists are paneled with Priority Health insurance.  As of October 23, 2014 our speech and language therapists are paneled with Priority Health insurance.

As of November 15, 2014 our occupational therapists are paneled with Aetna & Cofinity insurance, and our speech therapists will be participating with Aetna & Cofinity as of January 1st, 2015.

If you have an in-network insurance, Family Tree Therapies will work with you and your doctor to submit an insurance claim on your behalf.  Contact our office for more information on potential insurance coverage.

How do I get a diagnosis?

Diagnosis codes can be given for disorders of communication. As a team, we have psychology services available, so the OT, SLP, and Psychology team can provide a diagnosis of Autism. Legally, an OT is not allowed to give a diagnostic code. However, if we receive a diagnostic code from your physician or psychiatrist, we can print it on your invoices. This may be helpful if you are submitting your invoices to your insurance company for reimbursement.

How long does treatment last?

This will vary depending upon each child’s needs and each family’s time and financial resources. Many families find great benefit in receiving services weekly.

What can I do to get the most out of therapy? Are there things I can do at home?

We love families to be fully involved in the therapy process. Some children work better with their parents present, while some remain more focused with their parents out of the room. In either situation, we utilize 5-10 minutes per session to give a “wrap up” of the therapy and give carry over ideas and helpful information on things you can do at home.

How is private therapy different than therapy offered at my child's school?

Our therapy comes from a foundation of assessing the skills that are needed to build a strong academic base. Finding out what challenges are stopping your child from reaching their highest potential and figuring out how to best support it. While school works on academics (picture the apex of a triangle) we work on the base through the middle, to make sure that those academic skills are best supported. We work on things like integrating reflexes and improving auditory processing.