Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the drop downs to learn the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions that you don’t see listed here, please visit our Resources and Current Clients pages, or contact us directly.
1. Who does Breaking Barriers serve?
Breaking Barriers Therapy Services serves children ages ~18 months to adults in the Utah and South Salt Lake County areas.
Clientele typically fall into a variety of categories: kids from 18 months to 5 years who exhibit delayed developmental milestones in speech and language; and elementary school-age to high school kids who need help improving their speech intelligibility or information processing (memory, organization, sequencing vocabulary building), executive function or social skills.
Another group of clients are those with dental concerns due to poor resting tongue posture and tongue thrust swallow contributing to poor teeth alignment.
BBTS also serves those who may have suffered concussion or traumatic brain injury resulting in a change in cognition (deficits in communicating, speed of processing information, memory, and sensory integration deficits).
2. Tell me about BBTS's FREE consultation
Whether you contact BBTS because you’ve received a doctor’s diagnosis, or you are simply concerned about the way your child/the client speaks (or doesn’t speak), BBTS is happy to offer an initial phone consultation free of charge. We’ll ask you what initially sparked your concern and whether the client has previously received speech therapy. After learning about the client, BBTS then walks parents/caregivers through the therapeutic process and answers any additional questions you may have. If it’s determined that the client needs speech therapy, BBTS will schedule a follow-up evaluation, during which time we’ll use a variety of standardized tests and techniques to form a plan and goals for treatment.
3. What causes speech & language disorders anyway?
Speech and language disorders present as the result of many different factors, including but not limited to repeated ear infections, trouble with motor coordination, weak muscles, and some neurological conditions. That said, speech therapists tend to worry less about the why, and more about the what: What communication challenges is the client experiencing, and what can we do to correct them?
4. How long will my child/client require therapy?
The length of time a client requires therapy varies from case to case; however, it is the goal at BBTS to provide the client with skills required to succeed. The ultimate goal is to fade out therapy as soon as appropriate.
5. What are your fees?
We are currently an out-of-network provider with all insurance companies. However, this does not mean that your insurance company will not cover some/all services. Payment for services is due at the time of your appointment to Breaking Barriers, Therapy Services via cash, card, HSA, Paypal, or Venmo. Please call your insurance company to find out if you are eligible for out-of-network speech-language therapy and/or evaluation reimbursement. This call can be complicated so download our comprehensive guide that contains all the information to provide and questions you should ask to determine your coverage.
What Our Clients Are Saying
At first I was unsure and nervous about the speech therapy process because it was all brand new to me, but Jenn quickly helped me and my son feel comfortable and assured. It is obvious that Jenn is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. She was flexible with her schedule and techniques until she found the very best way to interact with and help my son. She was patient and persistent. We cried together and celebrated together throughout the whole process and I knew she really cared for my son. It was truly unbelievable to watch the changes happen in my son as he continued to improve in his speech. And his improvement happened so much quicker than I thought possible. His confidence skyrocketed while his frustration diminished. Jenn really helped to reveal my son’s true personality because he was finally able to really express himself. You absolutely can not put a price on that. I would recommend working with Jenn a million times over and can never thank her enough for the help she gave to my little boy.Kristin M.