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What I Do

"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood." - Ralph Nichols

Welcome!

I'm so glad you're here.

I created Anderson Speech Therapy to meet the need for a speech therapy practice with a dedicated focus on specific disorders impacting clarity of speech. I believe that a more narrowed scope of specialization allows for higher quality, evidence-based care for each of my clients, versus the “jack-of-all trades” approach that you may see in more generalized practices. I have pursued continuing education in treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech and other Speech Sound Disorders and I stay closely attuned to the latest research in these areas. My goal is always to provide individualized care that allows each child to communicate to the best of their ability.

 

If your child has difficulty producing speech or struggles with the pronunciation of certain sounds, you can reach me by email, call, or text message. Let's work together to give your child the communication skills they need to thrive!

Speech Sound Disorders

A Speech Sound Disorder describes when a child has difficulty producing certain sounds or sound patterns. This may involve substituting one sound for another, leaving sounds out of words, or distorting the way sounds are produced.  Depending on the type of error(s), the disorder may be further categorized as an “articulation” disorder or a “phonological” disorder. 

 

Some signs your child may have a speech sound disorder and need an assessment include:

  • Omitting or substituting sounds - for example, saying "tootie" instead of "cookie"

  • Distorting sounds – such as a “slushy” s or sh sound

  • Struggling with sound patterns and combinations - like "sp", "tr", "dr" sounds

  • Being difficult to understand or others commenting they can't understand your child's speech

A formal speech evaluation can help determine if your child needs therapy in order to improve their clarity of speech.  Early intervention is important to help your child communicate clearly.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to plan out and correctly produce the precise mouth and tongue movements necessary for intelligible speech. Children with CAS know what they want to say, but struggle to coordinate their articulators to form words.

Signs that your child may have CAS and should receive a professional evaluation include:

  • Limited speech or speech that is difficult to understand

  • Difficulty combining sounds into syllables and words (the longer the word, the more difficulty)

  • Inconsistent speech errors and trouble imitating words

  • Frequent vowel errors

Each child presents differently, so all of these characteristics may or may not be present. I provide formal evaluation for CAS and other speech disorders using standardized assessments. Early diagnosis and tailored treatment is key to helping children with CAS improve their speech.

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FAQ's

  • Do you accept insurance?
    I currently accept private pay only. Private pay allows for a personalized therapy approach, without the constraints that can come with using insurance. This means we can shape therapy to fit your child's needs, without limitations on number of sessions or duration of care. I accept both cash and credit card payments. After our session, I'll send you an invoice through Square, which allows you to securely pay online with just a few clicks. Payment is due at time of service. Here are some resources I've found that may provide financial assistance for private speech therapy. I am in no way affiliated with these organizations and I am not familiar with their protocols, but they may be worth looking into if cost is a significant barrier to getting the therapy your child needs. Apraxia Foundation Small Steps In Speech Home - The Orange Effect Foundation
  • What can I expect as far as the timeline of events?
    First, reach out to me via call, text, or email. I'll get back to you within 24 hours to discuss what concerns you have regarding your child's speech. During this call, we will schedule the initial evaluation. The initial evaluation will take place in my office or over a video call. It usually takes about 45-60 minutes. After the evaluation, we will schedule future sessions. The recommended frequency will vary depending on your child's needs and what works for your family. I will provide you with a formal, typed evaluation report within one week of the evaluation. Contact Information lauren@andersonspeech.org (936) 645-2500 (Please leave a text or voicemail if you call and I don't answer!)
  • How long are sessions and where will they be held?
    Each session is typically 30 minutes long. Sessions may be up to 45 minutes long for teenagers and adults, as their attention span can typically tolerate a longer session. I typically recommend 1-3 sessions per week, depending on the client's specific needs. Duration and frequency of sessions will be discussed and recommended following the initial evaluation. Sessions can be held in my office or via video conferencing. This will depend on what will work best for your child.
  • What are your rates?
    Initial Evaluation - $180.00 30 minute session - $60.00

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