Bayou City Speech & Language

We are a Houston pediatric speech pathology practice specializing in providing comprehensive speech and language assessments, intervention, and consultation services to address a variety of communication needs for children ages 6 months through 16 years. The small boutique practice allows for providing individualized, holistic, research-based treatment with a child-centered focus, and an advocate-based approach. The clinic's mission is to develop and grow each child's functional communication skills to their fullest potential in order to build communication independence in the natural environment, and to sustain positive relationships within family, school and community environments.

Julie A. Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP is passionate about empowering children who have delayed, low and non-verbal language skills. She has been practicing for over 17 years. Julie's primary objective is to increase and champion each child's functional language skills to their maximum potential, and to empower parents and caregivers to continue language facilitation strategies in the home environment long after each session concludes. Julie sees hope and promise in every child.

(281) 221-8313

JulieRoberts@BayouCitySLP.com

Regarding HIPAA and email use: Bayou City Speech & Language does not use encrypted email. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that information included in an email can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person to whom it is addressed. Per See 45 C.F.R. § 164.530(c), The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services states: "Patients may initiate communications with a provider using e-mail. If this situation occurs, the health care provider can assume (unless the patient has explicitly stated otherwise) that e-mail communications are acceptable to the individual. If the provider feels the patient may not be aware of the possible risks of using unencrypted e-mail, or has concerns about potential liability, the provider can alert the patient of those risks, and let the patient decide whether to continue e-mail communications."

Mission Statement & Philosophy

My small boutique practice in Houston, Texas allows me to provide individualized, holistic, research-based treatment with a child-centered focus, and an advocate-based approach. The clinic's mission is to develop and grow each child's functional communication skills to their fullest potential in order to build communication independence in the natural environment, and to sustain positive relationships within family, school and community environments.

Mission Pledge

  • I will conduct an in-depth and thorough initial total communication assessment in order to understand your child's unique strengths and target realistic, attainable and measurable communication goals. I will take into account your personal goals and dreams for your child when developing a therapy program for them.
  • I will use evidence-based strategies and engaging activities that encourage your child to communicate, while teaching you how to carry over these communication strategies into your child's natural environment.
  • I will practice research-based treatment and use evidence-based tools and materials.
  • I will be a resource and an advocate for you and your child, through caregiver education and individualized training. I highly encourage you to be in each therapy session where I will teach you facilitation and carry-over skills for faster language improvement.
  • I will stay current in the latest language development research, Autism research, AAC research, and Speech-Language Pathology research by continuing to follow scientific developments in these fields. Furthermore, I will acquire CEUs yearly in the areas I practice.
  • While treating your child's speech and language, I will use a holistic approach, looking at the whole child; I will be aware of child's sensory system, including current limitations, their play development, their pragmatic skills and emotional development, their physical abilities and limitations, their cognitive skills, their diet and nutrition, along with facilitating their functional communication development.
  • I will be ethical in all interactions with you and your child, including providing clear and factual assessment, therapy and progress documentation, and following all ASHA, Texas and Federal therapy ethics, regulations and requirements.

Julie's Bio

Hi, I'm Julie Roberts. I'm so happy that you were called to visit my site!

Over the last 17 years as a low-verbal and non-verbal pediatric speech-language pathologist professional, I've help to change the lives of hundreds of Houston's children and their families through transformation of each child's functional communication, while helping them and their parents achieve individual communication goals. It's with this experience that I founded Bayou City Speech & Language, and The StoryBook Changes!™, platforms which provide children, parents and caregivers with the specialized therapy, resources, tools, knowledge, and inspiration to increase their child's functional communication abilities, while living more independent and fulfilling lives.

Julie is a native Texan and has lived in Houston since 1999. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Arlington. She received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas, Dallas. Julie received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology within the State of Texas since 1999. Julie has presented at the Texas Speech and Hearing Association conference regarding her graduate research project, which is published in Discourse Processes, 30(3), 265-283, © 2000. Additionally, Julie has an eBook, "The Power of More", coming out on Amazon in July 2017.

Along with owning Bayou City Speech & Language, Julie is the creator and President of The StoryBook Changes!™, an educational company which publishes a series of interactive children's books that come with parent guides designed to support parents in increasing language facilitation in the child's natural environment. She has a passion for helping families implement and improve total communication and interaction with their low-verbal and non-verbal children.

Who We Help

Bayou City Speech & Language is a Houston pediatric private speech pathology practice specializing in providing comprehensive speech and language assessments, intervention, and consultation services to address a variety of communication needs for children ages 6 months through 16 years. The clinic's mission is to develop and increase each child's functional communication skills to their fullest potential in order to build communication independence, and sustain positive relationships within family, school and community environments. Julie is passionate about empowering children who have delayed, low and non-verbal language skills. Her mission is to increase and champion your child's functional language skills to their maximum potential. Julie sees hope and promise in every child.

Bayou City Speech & Language specializes in providing evaluations and therapy to language delayed, low-verbal and non-verbal children, including those with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Developmental language delays otherwise not specified
  • Language-based learning disabilities
  • Language and/or auditory processing deficits
  • Executive function deficits and/or ADHD
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Myofunctional disorders
  • Articulation and phonological disorders
  • Asperger's
  • Social-skill and pragmatic language difficulties
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Down Syndrome and other syndromes.

Julie uses evidence-based strategies and proven programs from leading experts such as The Hanen Program's™ "It Takes Two to Talk", "Target Words", "More than Words" and "Talk Ability", Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking™ products, Nancy Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP's Apraxia products, as well as the latest, research-based Speech-Language Pathology products, software and materials. Julie brings 17 years of hands-on experience in providing therapy to language delayed, low-verbal and non-verbal children.

Assessments

A Comprehensive Speech-Language Evaluation is an assessment of your child's total independent communication functioning.

Direct, one-on-one testing, and analysis of the results will determine the presence and severity of a speech-language delay or disorder, and if so, how it may be affecting your child's functioning in their home, their school, or in their community. This testing is highly individualized, and the speech and language areas assessed will include the following: developmental language skills: oral language processing skills of comprehension, articulation (if warranted), narrative language, verbal expression across four categories: Lexical/Semantic, Syntactic, Supralinguistic, and Pragmatic (social) language.

Bayou City Speech & Language provides Independent Educational Evaluations

Federal regulations direct school districts to inform parents of their right to obtain an IEE, where they may obtain an IEE and the agency criteria applicable to the IEE. 34 C.F.R §300.502(a)(2). Consideration of parentally obtained evaluations by the IEP team is not discretionary, it is mandatory. 34 C.F.R. 300.503(c). "If the parent obtains an independent educational evaluation at private expense, the results of the evaluation (1) Must be considered by the public agency in any decision made with respect to the provision of a [free appropriate public education] to the child." Obtaining an IEE does not mean that the school district must accept the findings or recommendations in the IEE. However, it does mean that the IEP team must review the IEE and discuss it as appropriate.

An IEE will include an in-depth review of all previous school records, therapy records, therapy services provided in the educational setting, accommodations provided and review of educational setting and appropriateness. The written report will include recommendations for measurable and realistic Speech Therapy IEP goals, recommendations for classroom accommodations, and recommendations for Speech-Language Pathology services in the educational setting and in the private setting. Additional consultation fees will be charged for onsite attendance and avocation at the patient's ARD/IEP meeting, per hour.

How may I schedule an evaluation?

(281) 221-8313

JulieRoberts@BayouCitySLP.com

Regarding HIPAA and email use: Bayou City Speech & Language does not use encrypted email. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that information included in an email can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person to whom it is addressed. Per See 45 C.F.R. § 164.530(c), The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services states: "Patients may initiate communications with a provider using e-mail. If this situation occurs, the health care provider can assume (unless the patient has explicitly stated otherwise) that e-mail communications are acceptable to the individual. If the provider feels the patient may not be aware of the possible risks of using unencrypted e-mail, or has concerns about potential liability, the provider can alert the patient of those risks, and let the patient decide whether to continue e-mail communications."

FAQs

Following testing, I will score the tests, analyze the results, review previous records, and write an in-depth and detailed written report. You will receive a thorough evaluation report, including the following sections:

  1. History: Medical, social, developmental, and educational components
  2. Current Functional Status: A summary of current functioning as observed and reported by the family (from the history forms sent to you before the evaluation)
  3. Test Results: Charts illustrating test results, and detailed narratives describing the child's performance on each test.
  4. Behavioral Observations noted during the testing session(s)
  5. Diagnostic Impressions: Summarizing the analysis of the findings.
  6. Prognosis: Estimate of the child's potential for making gains
  7. Estimated Frequency & Duration of Treatment: Estimate of the amount of therapy needed to meet the goals
  8. Functional Goals and Treatment Plan: a written plan of action, outlining the areas in need of treatment, along with realistic and measurable goals. If your child is in the public-school system, goals will be written that are appropriate to the IEP format.
  9. Recommendations for related services, as needed.
  10. Proposed Educational Accommodations as appropriate in your child's educational setting

Generating this report will take several hours; the report will be available in 1 to 2 weeks following the assessment. After the testing is complete and the results are evaluated, I will schedule a follow-up results consultation. At the consultation, I will discuss the results of your child's Speech and Language evaluation and provide you with therapy and/or program recommendations, as needed.

Depending on the age of your child, it may take up to 1-3 hours to complete the various assessments. Any additional information you would like to bring to the assessment, such as your child's IEP or the most current school or outside evaluation, is encouraged. I prefer that the parent or caregiver not remain in the room when testing is being administered because I have found that it can be distracting for the child, and sometimes the parent/caregiver subconsciously feels compelled to "help" the child or "explain" a child's answers, all of which can sway, or invalidate, the results. It is important to remember that testing and therapy have two very different objectives. During testing, I am probing for a ceiling, or limit, on your child's ability in specific areas. For example, a child might have to respond incorrectly to five questions in a row before the examiner stops asking questions and moves on to the next test. Testing must be conducted in a controlled environment, with no "coaching" beyond the practice items from the test administrator, in order to ensure accurate, valid results. I can't tell a child, for example, if the response is correct or not. I also cannot guide the child towards the correct response. It is critical that your child respond to all test questions from their own knowledge and skill base so that I can determine the areas of need.

The evaluation will be recorded in a formal report. After our results meeting, you then are free to distribute it to any advocates, school staff, other team members, and medical professionals, as is appropriate for your child's needs.

If requested, a Team Meeting (such as an ARD/IEP meeting) may be scheduled, to discuss the treatment plan with other treating professionals. There will be an additional charge for this type of meeting.

Assessment results can be shared with school speech-language pathologists, at IEP team meeting for treatment planning and for developing optimal educational plans.

Professional Fees

Therapy

Individualized Therapy Services at Bayou City Speech & Language

Julie specializes in providing speech and language therapy to children ages 6 months through 16 years (other ages up through high school are accepted on a case-by-case basis), including those diagnosed on the Autism spectrum, with pervasive developmental disorder, intellectual disabilities, developmental language delays, language-based learning disabilities, language and/or auditory processing deficits, executive function deficits, Apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, social skill pragmatic disorders, and other syndromes.

Individualized therapy services are offered in approximately 45-50 minute sessions of 1:1 direct therapy, with additional time for questions, homework directions, and follow up. The parent or caregiver is highly encouraged to be in the room with the therapist and your child during every session, in order to promote carry-over into the child's environment. Julie has found that children progress faster and retention is higher when using this type of therapy model.

Therapy services available for Functional and Educational Language Development, Comprehension and Use:

  • Autism, Asperger's, Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Down Syndrome and other syndromes
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Difficulty with pre-language skills, including making eye contact or facial expressions, gesturing, babbling, or imitating sounds in back and forth interactions.
  • Pragmatic Language Skills: Difficulty with using appropriate behavior and language within social situations, recognizing and following indirect requests, and reading facial expressions.
  • Executive Functioning: Difficulty with thinking skills and processing skills such as remembering homework assignments, organization, and problem solving
  • Language comprehension deficits–understanding verbal directions and written material
  • Vocabulary development: low verbal or non-verbal
  • Written Language: comprehension of written materials and development of written expression
  • Memory Deficits: Word finding difficulties, sequencing issues
  • Global and functional use of Language–semantic, syntactical and pragmatic

Therapy services for Articulation and/or Phonological Disorders:

Many typically developing young children sound like they are making a "w" sound for an "r" sound (e.g., "wabbit" for "rabbit") or may leave sounds out of words, such as "nana" for "banana." This type of speech production is normal in typically developing children. However, the child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age for correct production.

Articulation Milestones

Professional Fees

How may I begin therapy services?

(281) 221-8313

JulieRoberts@BayouCitySLP.com

Regarding HIPAA and email use: Bayou City Speech & Language does not use encrypted email. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that information included in an email can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person to whom it is addressed. Per See 45 C.F.R. § 164.530(c), The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services states: "Patients may initiate communications with a provider using e-mail. If this situation occurs, the health care provider can assume (unless the patient has explicitly stated otherwise) that e-mail communications are acceptable to the individual. If the provider feels the patient may not be aware of the possible risks of using unencrypted e-mail, or has concerns about potential liability, the provider can alert the patient of those risks, and let the patient decide whether to continue e-mail communications."

Other Services

Pragmatic Language Groups

Small groups of up to five children per session will model, practice and absorb new social skills alongside peers. In a play-based setting, your child will be taught and then utilize proven strategies from Michelle Garcia Winner's "Social Thinking" program, and the Hanen "Talk About" programs. Participants will practice turn-taking, sharing, creating and maintaining friendships, transitioning into a new activity, along with necessary social skills such as making introductions, use of politeness markers, interjecting yourself into a conversation, maintaining group topic of conversation, and taking leave from a conversation or activity.

"Mommy and Me" Play Clusters (Daddies, Grandparents and other Caregivers are welcome, too!)

"Mommy and Me" Play Clusters are centered around playing with your little one in a small group setting (up to 5 parent/child participants per group) to facilitate language development in a fun and play-based setting. Each cluster encourages vocabulary building and language learning through use of evidence-based and proven strategies, all while having fun and bonding with your little one, and possibly meeting new friends!

Events and Presentations

I offer workshops and presentations for parent support groups, and child educators on a variety of themes. I will create presentations centered around your chosen language facilitation and/or development topic, or a specific diagnosis. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the latest research on your chosen topic, and become even more knowledgeable so that they make take the learned material and immediately put it into use. I work with people who work with, or love children with communication delays, to help them move forward, armed with the latest research and evidence-based language facilitation strategies so that the child/children in their life can reach their full potential and their communication goals, and get them on the path to the future they deserve.

Speech-language therapy is beneficial for children who exhibit:

  • Difficulty communicating wants/needs effectively
  • Vocabulary delayed as compared with peers
  • Challenges when following auditory directions
  • Difficulty producing intelligible speech
  • Difficulty asking and answering questions
  • Developmental delays that inhibit speech and language development
  • Ineffective pragmatic and social skills

Beautiful, exciting children's picture books written by an experienced, licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist, developed for parents and caregivers, to use with children who have language delays.

As their child's speech pathologist, parents and other caregivers are constantly asking me to suggest materials that they can use with their child in the home to support concepts developed in therapy sessions. Loving, concerned parents and caregivers are desperately searching for resources to supplement their child's speech-language therapy, and more importantly, be involved with helping their child become empowered through their increased functional communication abilities. In order to help meet their needs, I have written The StoryBook Changes!™ series, a powerful tool designed to do just this.

Inspired by children with language delays; created for the adults who love them.

Julie A. Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP

I was inspired to write The StoryBook Changes!™ series after providing treatment for over 17 years to children who have language delays secondary to Autism, Down Syndrome, and other speech and language delays.

Helpful for children with:

  • Typically developing children in order to facilitate language development
  • Children on the Autism spectrum and with Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Children with developmental speech and language delays
  • Children with intellectual disabilities
  • Children with non-verbal and low-verbal communication skills
  • Children with intellectual disabilities
  • Children with Apraxia
  • Children with Down syndrome and other syndromes

Resources

Success Stories

My daughter Ava has high functioning autism. I had met several therapists and had yet to have Ava assessed by any of them. I made an appointment on July 16, 2007 with Julie Roberts. Immediately I noticed that Ava's demeanor was different from the other introductions to the therapists. Julie was the first therapist to actually get down on her knees at Ava's level and say hello. At the other interviews, Ava hid her face and clenched my legs or climbed in my arms and would not look at them. Ava stood in front of her and actually said hello but she did not have eye contact. Julie showed me how she approached therapy at that moment. She asked Ava to look at her eyes. Ava continued to look away. Then Julie gently pulled Ava's chin facing her and got close to her face. Then she told Ava what pretty eyes she had (Ava loves compliments) and how important it was to look at people when she was talking to them so they could always see her pretty eyes. Seeing her gestures and patience, it made me think of how I spoke to her. Ava actually looked Julie in the eyes, smiled, and said hello again.

Julie had a nurturing yet assertive presence. I was impressed. I could tell right away that she was dedicated to her profession and cared deeply. Julie sat with me after that and asked what had brought me to seek a therapist for Ava. I told her my story and she had empathy and understanding for my struggles and how helpless I had felt with my inability to find the right answers and the course of action to take. She asked me what my goals were for Ava. I told her how I wanted to see some sort of progress and change for my daughter. Whatever therapy Ava had received or the professional opinions I had been given, there was little if any improvement with her language delays. Julie listened intently and then told me that no matter what she concludes from the assessment, that she would be able to help Ava improve. She was assertive, honest, and sincere and there was a trust I felt for the first time in a long time. I had finally found the perfect person for my daughter! No parent wants to hear that something is wrong with their child, especially without being told what can be done to make it right. I wanted to hear what I could do and how therapy could help Ava communicate like all the children her age.

After the assessment Julie sat with me and gave me her honest opinion of Ava's learning disability. With a positive approach, and Julie's forward thinking, her explanation on how best to approach her discoveries of Ava's weakness with communication gave me hope and a sense of relief. Because of her constant research, Julie uses the most progressive therapy methods, and purchases tools for sessions that will achieve maximum results from her therapy. I felt I could trust to her to lead me in the right direction and make a difference to better Ava and her quality of life. After all the searching, I finally had someone in front of me with an education, experience and most importantly a course of action. Ava had lost so much precious time and I did not want to waste a second more. This was exactly what I wanted to hear.

I asked her what I could do to expedite her treatment. It was crucial to work on Ava's weaknesses that would be identified from the two sessions per week, and that she would give me a list of what to work on after each session. It was most important to be consistent with Ava's attendance of therapy. Julie explained there that without regular and consistent treatment, Ava would never achieve what she wanted for her clients. She also said that there are so many children who also need speech therapy, there was a waiting list for assessment. She explained that her time would be most helpful to a child with regular and timely attendance. I loved hearing that. She was serious about her time, and was distributing it to make the most improvement possible for her clients. Julie is a no nonsense gal.

For over a year, I have been to therapy twice a week every week with the exception of a family illness, car trouble, or Hurricane Ike. What following Julie's advice has done for my daughter has been life changing. Not only has Julie helped my daughter and exceeded my expectations of rapid progress, she bettered life for my entire family and how we function together. I am so truly grateful for the opportunity to have Julie help Ava. I have never respected or admired a person more. She has done for Ava what I could not. She turned the light on in Ava, when I could only make it flicker. Because we love to come see Miss Julie, it is bittersweet for me to say that, after such great success with Ava, my child's therapy will be ending soon, Julie predicts that Ava will no longer need therapy, because she will have caught up with her peers within the upcoming year.

Monica Djokic, November 2008

Over a year ago, I went searching for a speech therapist and found my hero. If you are searching for a way to help provide your child with a better quality of life via speech and language therapy, I implore you to consider meeting Julie A. Roberts. Julie's therapy has improved my daughters' lives, as well as my family as whole. I do not know how I could have ever made it through this past year without Julie in our lives. She is an amazing, dedicated and devoted person to helping children. I am proud to know her and call her my friend.

Olivia had ear infections for 3 months straight & in March of 2007, she had her first set of tubes. I had noticed her speech sounding muffled after surgery. One tube came out and infections came back so in May of 2007 Olivia had her second set of tubes. The ENT said it was due to possible hearing loss during the chronic ear infections and the surgeries it most likely would go away after the new set of tubes. Julie and I noticed she still had a muffled sound to her words and time, and several hearing tests there was little improvement. I had Julie provide an assessment and decide a course of action for therapy. Olivia began therapy in October of 2007 and has shown great improvement.

Monica Djokic, November 2008

My four and a half year old daughter Isabella was first diagnosed with Autism at two years of age. We started coming to see Julie Roberts when Isabella was three. At the time, Isabella had little spontaneous speech and most of what she said was echolalia. We started coming for two sessions a week and now at four and half, she is speaking in clear, full sentences. Recently we visited several people who hadn't seen Isabella in a while, and they all commented on how great she was doing and how impressed they were with her speech. I told them that it was all due to the hard work of Isabella and Ms. Julie. Ms. Julie really pushes Isabella to succeed and grow beyond herself. We couldn't be more proud of Isabella's progress. She is in a typical mother's day out school program, making friends, communicating with her teachers and being an active part of her class. We are so pleased!

Nancy Novelli, July 2008

Ms. Julie has been working with my 5 year old son Jeremiah for a year now and we've seen tremendous improvement in his communication. Within the first five minutes of meeting with Jeremiah she realized he was exhibiting signs of Autism and encouraged us to get him tested. We later discovered that Jeremiah did have Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically Pervasive Developmental Disorder. We are thankful to Ms. Julie for her help in getting Jeremiah diagnosed and on the right track to improvement. His vocabulary has improved significantly over the past year. We are able to understand Jeremiah better and he can now express his needs to us verbally. Thanks Ms. Julie for all your help.

Karen Steen, RN, BSN, MBA, October 2008

My son couldn't articulate his "r" sounds, but since it didn't affect his performance in class, his need for speech therapy was never addressed. After only eight sessions with Julie he sounds like a different person. With the one-on-one lessons he soared through his word drills and completed his therapy much quicker than any of us had anticipated. He's incorporating what he learned into his everyday speech, catching his mistakes and speaking much more clearly. I am so proud of him and so grateful to Julie for giving him the information and tools he needed to overcome this obstacle.

Dorinda W., July 2008

My son started therapy on December 2008. Two weeks later, we were already seeing results. Not only my family, but the school teacher as well. It's been six months, that my son has been in therapy and we see major improvements. That without the help of Bayou City Speech & Language, it would have been impossible. My son went from saying a few words, to making complete sentences.

Kleey Soto, July 2009

Contact

If you have questions, or if you would like to begin the next steps towards starting therapy in Houston, Texas, please either call (281) 221-8313, or fill out the following form.

OR, if you would like to receive a free speech and language milestone self-assessment checklist, which is useful to ascertain whether or not your child might benefit from therapy services, please complete this form and I will be happy to email you the form. I will never sell your information.

Professional Fees

How is payment made for services?

Bayou City Speech & Language operates on private-pay basis, with payment due at the time of service. I accept MasterCard and Visa, HSA cards, and checks.

Will insurance reimburse me for an evaluation and therapy services?

I am considered an out-of-network provider: you pay the clinic directly and then you will coordinate with your insurance company. I will provide you with a receipt for the initial assessment and a monthly receipt of paid speech and language therapy services; you submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement. Payment (MasterCard / Visa / HSA) is expected at time of services.

I have seen all outcomes regarding insurance reimbursement, from 80-90% reimbursement, to a full denial of payment. This depends on your insurance company and your specific benefits plan. My report will include any related medical information, including diagnosis and coding, to support the claim. Every insurance policy is different, so you will need to check the specific terms of yours. If you have speech-language pathology coverage, be sure you understand possible restrictions such as the number of sessions per calendar year, frequency and duration of services allowable, and coverage only for specific diagnostic codes that may be applicable under your policy. You also need to be aware of deductibles and percentage of coverage. Under some policies, a medical necessity, as evidenced by a note from your physician, is required. PPO, HMO and Point of Service plans may or may not permit you to choose your own provider.

Insurance Tools

Health Savings Accounts: Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Coverage [PDF] – Learn how you can get speech, language, and hearing services covered through a Health Savings Account

Making Sense of your Health Insurance Plan [PDF] – Use this as a quick guide to understanding your health insurance

Regarding HIPAA and email use: Bayou City Speech & Language does not use encrypted email. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that information included in an email can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person to whom it is addressed. Per See 45 C.F.R. § 164.530(c), The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services states: "Patients may initiate communications with a provider using e-mail. If this situation occurs, the health care provider can assume (unless the patient has explicitly stated otherwise) that e-mail communications are acceptable to the individual. If the provider feels the patient may not be aware of the possible risks of using unencrypted e-mail, or has concerns about potential liability, the provider can alert the patient of those risks, and let the patient decide whether to continue e-mail communications."

Thank You

Thank you for contacting me, I will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. If you have requested a checklist, it will be emailed within 24 hours.

Contact

If you have questions, or if you would like to begin the next steps towards starting therapy in Houston, Texas, please either call (281) 221-8313, or fill out the following form.

OR, if you would like to receive a free speech and language milestone self-assessment checklist, which is useful to ascertain whether or not your child might benefit from therapy services, please complete this form and I will be happy to email you the form. I will never sell your information.