Speech and Language Services

Providing treatment for children and adolescents with speech, language and literacy delays

The Willamette Valley Dyslexia Center's Speech and Language Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood speech and language disorders, reading difficulties, and dyslexia. We provide comprehensive evaluation and therapy in the areas of receptive and expressive language, speech production, reading, spelling, and writing skills.

 

All speech and language services are provided by Kimberly Whitehouse, M.S. CCC-SLP, with 25 years of experience.

Why use an SLP to remediate your child's reading struggles?

A Speech-Language Pathologist is an expert in oral language development, which serves as the foundation for literacy. Most people erroneously believe that dyslexia primarily causes people to reverse the letters in words. However, a more significant issue is trouble recognizing phonemes (i.e. the fundamental sounds of speech, such as the “b” sound in “bat”). When children struggle to identify speech sounds, it becomes hard to make the connection between the sound and its letter symbol. Therefore, the meaning of the written sound or word is often lost, and reading comprehension suffers.

 

A Speech-Language Pathologist will help build a child’s literacy by treating and supporting their phonemic awareness skills, among other areas such as:

  • Oral language comprehension and use (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics)

  • Auditory processing skills.

  • Articulation (the production of speech sounds)

  • Fundamental letter/sound knowledge

  • Word-retrieval skills

  • Short-term working memory

 

Cost:

​$575 for full Speech and Language Evaluation 

$75 per session for Speech and Language Therapy

Insurance:

Speech and Language services may be covered by your insurance. You'll need to check with your insurance provider to inquire about your specific coverage. Willamette Dyslexia Center does not bill insurance directly and is not responsible for insurance coverage of services.

What can you expect from a Speech and Language Evaluation?

During a Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluation, the speech-language pathologist will talk with you about your child’s educational, medical and social history and complete a full language assessment. This includes assessments of expressive and receptive language, articulation skills, phonological awareness skills, reading fluency, comprehension, phonics skills and includes a comprehensive dyslexia evaluation. 

Testing will take about two hours.

The speech-language pathologist will recommend treatment depending on the results of your child’s evaluation.

What happens after an Evaluation?

Treatment sessions are typically one to two sessions per week. Parents are directly involved in treatment sessions, and we provide a home program so you can help your child’s progress between sessions.

Treatment helps to improve:

  • Receptive and Expressive Language Skills

  • Speech sound production

  • Phonological awareness

  • Reading skills such as decoding

  • Sight word vocabulary

  • Passage comprehension

  • Spelling

  • Writing skills

Online Therapy...

As long as you live in Oregon, The Willamette Valley Speech and Language Clinic can service your child online. All you need is a computer connected to the internet, a webcam, and either an audio headset or microphone.

 

Online teletherapy services are very convenient for parents who either live far away from the clinic in Salem or have difficulty getting out and about because of busy schedules, babysitting issues, other sick children, etc. Research has shown that teletherapy compares well with in-person therapy. Kids are usually motivated to use technology which helps them participate. There are no barriers to time and travel or geography.

 

What the research says...

Using an Orton-Gillingham approach to speech and reading creates new "reading pathways" in the brain. It teaches reading and spelling in ways unique to the ways specific to those with reading disabilities (read more about the research on Orton-Gillingham here).

We follow this research-based Orton-Gillingham approach in the center. Our lessons incorporate techniques that simultaneously activate sensory pathways and create these new "reading pathways." 

 

Children are tutored 1:1 twice a week at times that are convenient for their family’s schedule. This allows the curriculum to be tailored to each child, and progress is made in small, quantifiable steps. Our professional staff is specifically trained to work with children with dyslexia and learning disabilities.

 

Our program is independent of public school procedures. We serve all children regardless of ability. On average, children who begin the program have achieved a proficient reading level in about 2 years. Often, this instruction improves the child’s self-confidence and their approach to learning.  

 

We take pride in the fact that our model incorporates the latest scientific research in reading and spelling, dyslexia, dyslexia remediation, and learning disabilities.  We are structured to serve a specific population; children with dyslexia and learning disabilities. But, it is not required that the child have a formal diagnosis of dyslexia. Our screening process helps to identify dyslexia and target specific deficiency areas. 

 

Our instructional approach is specially designed for each student. Concepts are introduced using simultaneous, multi-sensory techniques. Children are taught to analyze words using analytic strategies. 

Questions about Speech and Language Services

What insurances cover Speech and Language Services?


Our SLP is not in-network with any insurance providers. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance to ask about out-of-network reimbursement for services. We are happy to provide a service plan and a super-bill with reimbursement codes upon request.




Can you bill my insurance directly?


Our SLP is not in-network with any insurance providers. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance to ask about out-of-network reimbursement for services. We are happy to provide a service plan and a super-bill with reimbursement codes upon request.




How is a Speech and Language Evaluation different from the Dyslexia Screening?


Good Question! In addition to the academic components that are part of the dyslexia screener, our SLP also takes a deeper look into language processing and development. Language Development is full of nuanced learning and associations like inferences, sematics, and syntax. When a child struggles in these areas it is not always picked up with typical academic screeners. It takes a highly trained individual (a Speech and Language Pathologist) to be able to pick up on this and remediate these areas.





Here's how to get started...

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CONTACT US

Tell us about your specific situation and need, and our dyslexia center director will reach out to your with answers and suggestions.

Call/text 503-931-3622 or

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CHAT WITH THE DYSLEXIA CENTER DIRECTOR

Our dyslexia center director will talk to you about your specific needs and create an individualized plan for your child.

After identifying specific areas of need your child will be placed with the right tutor for them.

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All of the dyslexia tutors at Willamette Dyslexia Center have been trained in the most up-to-date methods for teaching children with dyslexia and other reading disorders.

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