Developmental Stuttering / Developmental Disfluency
What we do
Sponsor services for children with developmental delay-
Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.
Provide case management to coordinate care and improve collaboration across all service providers.
Provide outreach to the community, pediatricians, and other professionals about services that are available to children, especially Early Intervention.
Provide education to families and service providers about different factors that impact children with developmental differences and their care.
Sponsor special events in the community to encourage inclusion for children with developmental differences and their families.
Sponsor special events for the families of children with developmental differences, including sibling workshops and caregivers retreats.
Therapy funding sources and therapy providers typically offer NO outreach to inform families about types of services, developmental milestones, or how to receive services.
Funding sources often serve as case managers, serving their own agenda to save money rather than prioritizing the child's needs.
Government programs designed to help fund services are underfunded, require children to be severely delayed to qualify for services, and offer limited services to those who qualify.
Families of children with developmental differences do not have resources for helping them understand what services are available to them or how to obtain those services.
Care quality is often limited due to lack of case management, coordination, and collaboration among service providers caused by limited time and resources.
Families often have no idea how to obtain services, where to begin, or what their options are.
Insurance coverage of services typically comes with high deductibles and high copays, making it difficult to afford. Insurance companies also place limits on the duration and frequency of sessions, ignoring the therapist recommendations.
Many service providers are moving toward "private pay only" models due to difficult processes and restrictions put in place by insurance and government funding sources, significantly limiting the number of families that can afford their services.
Families often feel isolated because they do not know other families in similar situations and they are often afraid to go into the community where they will draw attention or face judgement.