Frequently Asked Questions
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Where will services take place?
In order to provide the most natural therapeutic environment for your child, uniquely designed therapeutic services are able to be provided in multiple settings such as the comfort of your home, school(s), childcare center, or within the community. We will travel, free of charge, to the following locations: District of Columbia (NW, NE, SW, and SE corridors), and Montgomery County, MD. Additional locations in Maryland are available upon (additional charge may apply).
How long will my child need to be in therapy?
The duration of services will vary on multiple factors such as consecutive attendance, family's contribution in carrying over learned therapeutic techniques, severity fo the child's delay, and the goals you and your child's therapist have developed.
How old does my child need to be to receive services?
Children develop at different rates, but they usually are able to do certain things at certain ages.
If you have any questions about your baby's development, ask your child's doctor—the sooner the better. Even when there are delays, early intervention can make a significant difference. If your child's development seems delayed tell your child's doctor. Sometimes language delays occur as milestones are delayed. Also, tell your child's doctor if your baby stops talking or doing things that he or she used to do.
What population and disabilities do you serve?
Our clients typically range from 15 months to 18 years of age. Majority of our clients are in preschool or middle school.
Our staff is trained in treating the following:
Early intervention (birth to age 3)
Speech Sound Disorders
What should I do if I think my child needs your service?
If you believe that your child could benefit from services, you should contact is via phone or email and let us know what you are concerned about. We may be able to answer your questions over the phone during, or we may offer to schedule a complementary observation of your child. During this process, we will be collecting key information to determine how we can best assist your child.
Can I get a same-day appointment?
All appointment availability is visible under the "Book online" tab. When making a same day appointment, please notify us via email in order to confirm your appointment.
What is the duration/frequency of services?
A standard therapy visit can range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. The number and length of sessions recommended will vary according to the age of the child and the nature of the goals set with parents. At minimum, 5 minutes of each session will be used for parent consultation.
What can I expect during my child's therapy visit?
Therapy visits may include:
Direct individual activities with your child to target set goals
Discussion with parents and/ or teachers about your child’s progress and strategies
Provision of home and school program activities
What will the evaluation consist of?
Initial Assessment: 2 visits and report
First visit (90 minutes): Assessment of your child using standardized assessments and/ or structured clinical observations.
Second visit (60 minutes): Consultation meeting with parents to discuss the report and recommendations. Therapy goals will be determined, in collaboration with parents at this visit. Additional observations of your child may be required at this visit.
Prior to an assessment a phone interview will be completed with the parents to obtain relevant information. Parent and teacher questionnaires will also be used to guide the assessment process.
What will I learn during the Hanen Parent Training class?
The It Takes Two to Talk Program shows you how to use your natural, day-to-day life with your child to help him develop language skills. You’ll discover simple things you can do during everyday activities like meal time, story time and bath time to create enjoyable learning opportunities for your child.
It Takes Two to Talk translates the research on early language intervention into concrete strategies that are easy for parents to understand and to put into practice. The program offers you many opportunities to practice and discuss each strategy you learn so that you’ll be comfortable and confident using them at home.