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Frequently Asked Questions

What is speech and language therapy?

Speech is how we say sounds and words.  We use our mouth, lips, and tongue to make different speech sounds. For example, we need to be able to say the “l” sound to say “lake” instead of “wake”.

​Language is how we use words and share ideas with others.  Language allows us to ask and answer questions, put sentences together, and define what other words mean.  We need language to help communicate our wants and needs.

How do I know if my child needs an evaluation? 

A comprehensive evaluation may be needed if your child is not yet meeting speech and language developmental milestones. Another possibility is if there is a family history of speech and language disorders. A child may also have a speech and language disorder due to another present condition (i.e. Down Syndrome, Autism). 

Take a look at these developmental milestones as a reference – Download File


How do I schedule an appointment?

You may call 847-494-1598 or email to schedule an appointment! 

Do you take insurance? How do I pay for services?

We are currently accepting the following insurances/payment options:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO

  • United Healthcare PPO

  • Private Pay

  • Private-pay with an option of a superbill for reimbursement


A superbill is a detailed invoice outlining the services your child receives (i.e. speech and language treatment). The family then submits the superbill directly to their insurance provider for reimbursement. It takes one more step on your part, but this way you can seek out the possible benefits your insurance may offer.

How long will my child need speech therapy?

The length of therapy cannot be predicted because the rate of improvement is different for every child. Progress can be evaluated within 3-6 month intervals. 

​How often will my child go to speech therapy?

​Frequency and duration of therapy depends on the speech-language needs of the child and the child’s tolerance of services. This is usually determined during the evaluation process.

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