Speech-Language Pathology
What to Expect

What to Expect

Speech-language pathologists at Cincinnati Children’s strive to be national leaders in helping children learn to communicate, read, write, and feed safely. As one of the largest speech-language pathology programs in the country, we provide high-quality care for children from all part of the world.

We work to create a positive, child-focused environment that makes therapy fun for children of all ages. We are experts in working with children to understand their specific needs and challenges. Evaluation and therapy plans are individualized to help address their needs and meet their goals.

Learn more about how we support you and your child through comprehensive speech-language pathology services.

What to Expect at Your Evaluation

Making an Appointment at Speech-Language Pathology

The first step will be to make an appointment for an evaluation visit in the Division of Speech-Language Pathology. We offer appointments at multiple locations throughout the Cincinnati area, including our Burnet campus. We will work with you to find the geographic location that offers the services and convenience you need.

Your child will need a referral from their primary care provider to begin speech-language services. Once you have a referral, you can contact us to schedule your child’s evaluation visit.

We encourage you to talk to your insurance company to learn how speech-language pathology services are covered in your plan. Insurance may only cover a certain number of visits or a portion of visit costs. We can provide resources to help you learn how to work with your insurance company.

Preparing for Your Visit

To help your first appointment go smoothly, we encourage you to bring your insurance information and a list of questions or concerns you have about your child.

On the Day of Your Visit at Speech-Language Pathology

Before Your Appointment

We ask that you arrive in our office 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time for registration.

At Your Evaluation

During your evaluation with a speech-language pathologist (SLP), one of our SLPs will evaluate your child’s speech, language, reading, and feeding abilities. First, they will talk to you about your child’s past and current medical history and your primary concerns about their speech, language and/or feeding skills.

The SLP will observe how your child interacts with you, assess your child during play, and may use standardized tests to evaluate their skills. The SLP will then share information about the evaluation results and discuss recommendations for next steps.

If therapy is recommended, you and your child’s SLP will work together to create a plan to meet your child’s goals. This may involve individual or group therapy. We will also discuss how to work on certain skills at home, which will help your child make progress.

We encourage you to take an active role in your child’s treatment program, either by participating in the room, or watching through our closed-circuit TV system. Active participation will help you learn how to support your child’s learning.

After Your Visit at Speech-Language Pathology

You will receive a document called an “After Visit Summary” before you leave the office. It includes important information about the next steps in your child’s care, including any upcoming appointments. It may also include information on how you can help your child at home.

Please contact us if you anticipate that you will be late for your appointment. We will advise you as to whether your child can be seen at your estimated arrival time or if rescheduling will be necessary.