What ages do you serve?
I see children ages ~3 to ~13 with a variety of speech and language delays/disorders. If you are seeking an evaluation for your child who is younger than 2, please call Illinois Early Intervention at (618) 622-6581. Kristi Bourisaw is a excellent Speech-Language Pathologist who serves young children in Monroe County, Illinois.
Do I need a referral or prescription from my pediatrician to schedule an appointment?
No, a referral nor a prescription is needed for speech therapy. If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development, please do not hesitate to call or text Laura at (217) 377 - 4419
Does my child need an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to see you?
No. Some children do not qualify for speech therapy at school, but would still benefit from speech therapy. Additionally, some students do have IEPs and benefit from additional speech therapy. I love collaborating with school SLPs, teachers and special educators. Teamwork is key to progress!
I can't attend my child's speech therapy sessions. How will I know how to help my child at home?
Following each session, I encourage children to share/show what they learned with whomever brought them to speech therapy. If a parent is unable to attend, I share a video with parents to describe a child's performance and home activities that would help them continue to learn at home.
Once my child begins speech therapy, are we ‘locked in’ to a certain number of sessions?
No! I truly believe in individualized treatment plans that best serve the child. Let's work together as a team to determine what is best for your child.
At what age should my child be able to say, _______ sound?
Please see this chart for a helpful guide on sound development per age of the child:
My child is stuttering. How concerned should I be?
This risk factor chart from The Stuttering Foundation can help you decide if you should contact a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Parents: You know best. If you are concerned, do not hesitate to pursue a screening.
More questions? Please call or text Laura @ (217) 377-4419 or email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.