Frequently Asked Questions
What is your experience?
Carol Lorioux Loup has practiced speech therapy for 30 years. Her area of expertise is Auditory Processing Disorder, Apraxia, Dyspraxia, Phonological Disorders, Vocabulary development, and Feeding disorders.
How long will my child be in speech therapy?
This is determined by how your child responds to speech therapy, the degree of impairment, how frequently you are able to attend therapy, and how much you are able to practice at home. At Clear Speech Inc. we use state of the art technology to insure your child makes improvements as quickly as possible.
Is Speech Therapy covered by insurance?
We are contracted with a wide variety of insurance providers. Most cover speech therapy under a neurodevelopmental benefit which covers children until the ate of 7. Some cover under a rehabilitation benefit if the reason for therapy is accident or injury. The best way to find out is to call your insurance company directly and ask about your particular policy provisions.
How much does therapy cost if insurance does not cover?
We offer competitive out-of-pocket rates for payment at time of service. We have not raised our fees since 2000. If payment is not made at time of service you will be billed the usual and customary amount.
What kind of disorders do you treat?
We treat Articulation disorders, Apraxia, Dyspraxia, Phonological disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language disorders, Auditory Processing disorders, dysfluency, and also specialize in writing.
How old are the children you treat?
We treat children aged 6 months to 18 years. The younger children usually need help with feeding, while the older children work with speech and language issues. We have worked with high school and college students with writing skills.
Do you use technology?
We use many forms of technology to meet the needs of our clients and help them gain skills quickly.
Do you Provide feeding therapy?
Yes! Feeding therapy is widely varied and highly dependent on the individual child’s skill level. Assets of oral motor movement aw well as sensations of taste, texture, and temperature represent a few of the areas we treat. An individually tailored program is developed for each child.
Is electric-stimulation the same as “vital stim”?
Vital stimulation or “vital stim” uses electric stimulation to activate the muscles of the head and neck. It is used for the treatment of swallowing disorders. We are proud to be one of the few providers of electric-stimulation in the pacific northwest. It is useful for assisting the strengthening process of swallowing muscles and thereby improving swallowing function in some neurological diseases
*Children learn how to make sounds accurately using ‘smart palate’ technology. This is a computerized dental retainer used in conjunction with visual biofeedback to help the child see exactly where their tongue is inside their mouth and how to change that position for accurate production of clear speech.
*The integrated Listening System employs sound delivered via bone conduction to help organize processing at the neurological level.
*Swallowing disorders are treated with ‘Vital Sim’. This is low level stimulation delivered directly to the muscle that is not working properly. It helps change muscle function in weeks instead of years.