Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fees and accepted insurance?


In setting fees, we are guided by the standards set by our professional association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the resources necessary to maintain an exemplary level of service in our clinic. The Gift of Speech accepts several types of insurance. Details regarding insurance can be found on our insurance page. Please call 1.209.952.2588 or email the office if you have further questions.




What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?


A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a licensed health care professional specializing in diagnosing and treating speech and language disabilities. SLPs screen, identify, assess, refer, and provide treatment to persons with (or at risk for) speech, voice, language, communication, swallowing and other speech/language related disabilities.




How does a Speech-Language Pathologist help correct speech/language disabilities?


The Speech-Language Pathologists at The Gift of Speech are trained therapists specializing in in evaluating speech-language disabilities. Our therapists work with clients to diagnose disabilities and create/carry out treatment plans. Treatment plans are determined by the specific disability and range from correcting or modifying a speech/language disorder to developing functional communication systems. At The Gift of Speech, we believe that families are an integral aspect to improving communication disorders. Our therapists work closely with clients and their families to provide treatment that extends beyond office visits for faster results.




When should I contact a Speech-Language Pathologist?​


Anyone at any age can have a speech or language problem. The earlier the problem is diagnosed and therapy is begun, the better the chances of successful treatment. Referrals can be made by the family, physicians or anyone concerned about an individual’s communication development.




Why should I contact The Gift of Speech?


Communicating clearly is an essential skill in life. People with speech/language disabilities can struggle in many areas of life as a result of the communication disorder.

  • Learning is more difficult and frustrating for people with communication disorders. Their performance and progress at school and/or work can suffer as a result.
  • People who have trouble communicating thoughts and ideas may have trouble relating to others. Their relationships suffer and they develop poor social skills which can result in depression and isolation.
  • Opportunities are limited for people with poor communication skills. They may have trouble leading independent, satisfying lives.
  • People who have communication disorders may develop emotional problems as a result of embarrassment, rejection and poor self image.
Contacting the therapists at The Gift of Speech is the first step toward improving learning, relationships, independence and well-being for people who have speech/language disorders.