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Frequently Asked Questions

Inspire Speech Language Therapy, LLC

Frequently Asked Questions:

The following questions can help you learn more about speech and language therapy at Inspire Speech and Language Therapy, LLC. before you begin.

1. Who will be working directly with my child? Evelyn Pierce-Ruhland M.A.,CCC-SLP is the sole Speech-Language Pathologist at Inspire Speech and Language Therapy, LLC. and she will be working with your child.

2. What credentials does Evelyn have? Evelyn has a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Akron. She graduated in 1991, and after a 9 month supervision process, obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC’s). She is a certified member of the national American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and a member of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA). You can find her e-license here

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3. What is Evelyn’s work experience? Evelyn has worked at an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation center, an ENT’s office, in the schools, and as a private practice practitioner/owner. Evelyn has been working with children in a direct role of Speech-Language Pathologist for over 15 years.

4. Do I need a Doctor’s referral or a diagnosis to begin?

No.  Speech-Language Pathologists can see clients without a doctor’s prescription or order.

5.Where will services be provided? Evelyn provides speech and language therapy at local libraries and via teletherapy.

6. What does the initial evaluation involve? After your initial phone cosultation, you will be directed to complete a client intake form online. We will then schedule a time and place for the initial evaluation. The actual evaluation may last 60 minutes (or more depending on the child) and involve a parent interview, the use of formal and/or informal assessment tools, having the child pointing to pictures, saying words, and answering questions. A report will written and shared with you indicating whether or not your child needs therapy.

7. What type of insurance do you accept? Will my insurance cover your services? Inspire Speech and Language Therapy, LLC. is a private pay, cash only service. We accept cash, checks and credit cards. We do not bill insurance companies. Our services are considered to be out-of-network. This means we do not accept or bill insurance companies, nor do we bill Medicaid or Medicare. This does not mean that your insurance company will not cover some or all of your services. This will depend on your specific healthcare policy. We can, however, offer Superbills as a statement of the services we provided to you.

8. What is a Superbill? After you pay Inspire Speech and Language Therapy, LLC., a Superbill can be provided to you. A Superbill is a list of all of your paid invoices for the month that you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. You would be the one responsible to contact your insurance company and submit the paperwork. You would receive the reimbursement from your insurance company. Inspire Speech and Language Therapy, LLC. will NOT receive this reimbursement, as you will have already paid us. It is highly recommended that you check with your insurance company in regards to out-of-network services to see if this is an option for you.

9. Do you have a waiting list? Currently, we do not have a waiting list.

10. How often will my child be seen for speech therapy? The frequency of therapy sessions depends on how great the need is and how much your child can tolerate. For example, some children can handle twice a week and some only once a week.

11. How long are therapy sessions? We offer 30 minute and 60 minute sessions.

12. Can I observe my child’s sessions? Yes! I love it when parents are involved! By observing the therapy session your presence offers me a chance to explain what I am doing and why I am doing it. You can then take the strategies I used in the session and use them at home with your child during the week. Parents that are involved usually see their children develop skills more quickly.

13. How are goals determined? Can clients and parents provide input? Goals are determined based on what information was found during the evaluation. This includes the information obtained from the parent interview. So, yes, parents are encouraged to provide input. Goals are developed with the whole child and family in mind.

14. What does a typical session look like? Usually, we will start out by reviewing homework. Then we will work on the child’s goals during the session and write up a plan for homework during the week. Games, toys and worksheets may be used depending on the age or ability of the child to make practicing their goals more fun.  Feel free to ask questions during the session.

15. How do you measure progress? Each child has a treatment plan with goals that are written up following the initial evaluation. Information is collected during each session to measure how the child is progressing and will be reviewed with the parent on a regular basis.

16. What can we do to practice at home? Children will increase production of their newly developed skills at a quicker rate if practice is done on a daily basis. This means that they should practice at home in between therapy sessions. Homework will be provided each session and will be similar to what took place during the therapy session in order to reinforce the skills learned.

17. What progress should we expect? Your child’s progress and the length of therapy depends on several factors. These include severity of the speech and/or language disorder, consistent attendance, homework completion and good communication between the child, parent/guardian, and the SLP. With the proper support a child may make significant progress on their goals.

18.  What is the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program?   For more information about this program see the Ohio Department of Education at the following links.  

1. Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Fact Sheet