FAQs About Our Learning Center
Q. Is brain training the same as tutoring?
A. No. Tutoring is typically directed at improving or mastering specific curricula. Brain training targets building cognitive skills (such as attention, memory, processing speed, auditory and visual manipulation skills, logic & reasoning, reading and calculation skills) that help the individual with overall learning.
Q. How often will I or my child come in for learning center (brain training) sessions?
A. Most students come in 2-4 times per week for 1 - 1.5 hour sessions. We find that the best results come with intensity of training over a short period of time.
Q. How long does training last?
A. There is a wide range of training lengths dependent on you or your child’s results. Typically, training ranges from 3 – 9 months.
Q. Will my results go away when I stop training?
A. No. Evidence shows that the gains made in brain training will last. This is because we teach long-term strategies for improving memory, focus, auditory processing, logic and reasoning, and visualization skills. These strategies are not designed to simply help students do better in a specific math curriculum, for example. They are designed to help students in a more general way, allowing them to improve functioning and keep the improvements when training stops.
Q. What can I do at home to help with my child’s progress?
A. We have games available in our store that can push the same skills we work on so intensely here at the center. You can also encourage your child to read, ask questions about what they are doing in school, and provide support for the challenging days.
FAQs About Speech Pathology
Q. Aren’t all Speech Language Pathologists the same?
A. No. Similar to other professionals, speech pathologists have special interests, continuing education, and experience in certain areas. The speech language pathology scope of practice is too extensive for a speech pathologist to practice in all areas.
Q. How often will I or my child come in for speech therapy sessions?
A. This depends on the results from the individual’s initial evaluation. Dr. Parker will take into consideration you or your child’s problem, the severity, their age, other therapies that have been tried, and your goals.
Q. Do you see adults?
A. About 25% of our clients are adults. They participate in therapy related to self-improvement such as foreign accent reduction and presentation skills. They also find therapy help to improve attention and memory skills. We also see adults for medical reasons following a stroke, concussion, head injury, following chemo therapy and to improve auditory processing disorders.
Q. Why don’t you take insurance?
A. We have found that insurance companies vary so tremendously in what they will and will not cover, that submitting insurance claims is extremely costly for us. The time it takes to research claims requires a full time staff member, which would result in us having to charge higher fees for therapy. We would rather keep our fees reasonable, and have opted to provide receipts for our clients so that they may submit to their insurance companies directly. Also, insurance typically pays for speech therapy only if there is a medically related reason such as seizures or concussion. Most of our clients do not have a medical diagnosis when they come in for speech therapy services. Always check with your own insurance to clarify coverage.
Q. What does insurance typically cover?
A. Insurance policies almost always cover the initial evaluation. For therapy, they will cover medical diagnoses (according to individual policies, which vary in what they will and will not cover). No insurance policies cover academic diagnoses. So if your child is diagnosed with a speech disorder, your insurance might reimburse you for the therapy. But if your child is diagnosed with a learning disorder, they will not. Always check with your own insurance to clarify coverage.