Resources & Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance?
Premier Speech & Language Associates offers complimentary phone consultations prior to scheduling an evaluation. We are providers for Medicare Part B. For those who are not covered under Medicare, we accept private payment and will gladly provide an invoice for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
Why in-home therapy?
Treatment in the natural environment increases carryover of skills and allows for personalization or individualization. Clients feel most comfortable in their place of residence and are often more receptive to the strategies and skills we are targeting. We believe it is best to serve clients in the environment where they will be using their skills. In-home therapy also provides opportunities for family and caregivers to participate and get their questions answered.
What areas do you serve?
We provide speech, language, cognitive, voice, and swallowing therapy in Palm Beach County, including West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Jupiter. Teletherapy is available for out of area clients.
How do you determine a treatment plan?
Our therapists believe in patient- and family-centered practice. During our initial evaluation, we will spend a significant amount of time discussing the personal goals you and your family would like to achieve. Our treatment plans are developed with these goals in mind in order to maximize results and patient satisfaction. Treatment plans are regularly reviewed and modified as the patient's needs change.
What is NMES?
Also called “e-stim”, in NMES treatment for swallowing, electrodes are placed on specific muscle groups to stimulate muscle contractions while the patient completes a series of functional swallowing exercises. Stimulation is not painful. Speech-language pathologists providing NMES must be properly trained and certified. It is important to note that not every patient is a candidate for this method and a swallowing evaluation is required prior to the development of a treatment plan.
What is LSVT LOUD®?
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD®) was originally created for patients with Parkinson’s disease who struggled with vocal loudness. This intensive program has now been shown to be beneficial for patients with other neurological conditions, including stroke and multiple sclerosis. Treatment is based on a series of exercises focused on stimulating the larynx and muscles for speech production. The ultimate goal of the program is to bring the patient to a healthy vocal loudness and quality, improving overall speech intelligibility. LSVT LOUD® requires that clinicians be certified, with renewal every three years.
What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
A speech-language pathologist, or SLP, is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. A Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology is required, in addition to state licensure. SLP’s are qualified to treat patients throughout the lifespan. Many speech-language pathologists will treat both children and adults. We, however, believe that adults and children have very different therapeutic needs. Premier Speech & Language Associates specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adult communication and swallowing needs.
What is ASHA?
The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional and certifying organization for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. ASHA certification is recognized by the Certificate of Clinical Competency or CCC. The credentials CCC-SLP designate speech-language pathologists who have graduated from an accredited program, passed the appropriate certification exams, and completed a fellowship program under an ASHA-certified SLP. Additionally, ASHA-certified members must maintain high ethical standards and complete extensive continuing education.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.