Frequently asked questions

What is speech language therapy?

Speech and Language are different.

First of all, speech and language are different. A person can have problems with one or both.

What Is Speech?

Speech is how we say sounds and words which includes:

  • Articulation
  • Voice
  • Fluency

What Is Language?

Language refers to words and how we use them to communicate.

Language and Speech Disorders

We can have trouble with speech, language, or both. Having trouble understanding what others say is a receptive language disorder. Having problems sharing our thoughts, ideas, and feelings is an expressive language disorder. It is possible to have both a receptive and an expressive language problem.

When we have trouble saying sounds, stutter when we speak, or have voice problems, we have a speech disorder.

Where to Get Help

Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with people who have speech and language disorders. If you live in the Bloomington-Normal / Central Illinois, Bloomington-Normal Speech Therapy can help.

If you do not live near us, you can find a speech-language pathologist near you by going to ProFind.

What is orofacial myofunctional therapy?

Do I need a referral?

Do you take insurance?

Yes, we are a Blue Cross Blue Shield provider. However, you should verify that the service you or your child requires is a covered service since this varies from policy to policy. Check with your insurance provider. 

Do you take my insurance?

Again, insurance varies from policy to policy and the type of treatment. You are responsible for verifying that your insurance policy will pay for the services you or your child may need.  Note that very few insurance companies reimburse parents for speech therapy to treat “developmental articulation disorders” or “developmental language disorders,” limiting coverage to rehabilitative speech therapy (e.g. due to traumatic brain injury, or to treat congenitally related speech problems, such as cleft palate). Check with your insurance provider.

How do I get started? What is your intake process?

Can I drop my child off and pick them up at the end of their appointment?

How long does speech therapy take?

Is there a difference between speech therapy and orofacial myofunctional therapy?

Why is speech therapy important?

Can I provide you with our objectives and timelines?

What kind of information will I get after an evaluation?

When should I be concerned about my child’s communication and development?

Can I observe sessions if I am not the patient?

Are the services provided by Bloomington-Normal Speech Therapy similar to the speech my child gets at school?

Do you provide services around dyslexia?

Can you correct stuttering?

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