Frequently Asked Questions


Should I be concerned my child is a late talker or will he/she just grow out of it?

Many children start to speak later than their peers; however, it is important to note other characteristics of their communication. For example:

  1. Has your child had many ear infections?
  2. Is he able to communicate his needs in other ways (e.g., pointing)?
  3. Does she understand everything you say to her?
  4. Are all other areas of development within normal limits?

A speech-language pathologist can perform an assessment of a child’s receptive language (understanding), expressive language, speech sounds, and other areas of development to ascertain if your child is a “late talker” and what steps you can take to help him/her acquire language sooner, or to determine if therapy is recommended for other issues.

Why should we choose TerrificTalkers?

Our team takes pride in the fact that we are a small private practice with a personal interest in out clients.  We have over 80 years of combined experience.

How do I know if my child needs speech and/or language therapy?

The development of communication skills begins in infancy, before the emergence of the first word. Any speech or language problem is likely to have a significant effect on the child’s social and academic skills and behavior. The earlier a child’s speech and language problems are identified and treated, the less likely it is that problems will persist or get worse. Early speech and language intervention can help children be more successful with reading, writing, schoolwork, and interpersonal relationships.

This information represents, on average, the age by which most monolingual speaking children will accomplish the listed milestones. Children typically do not master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each age range. Just because your child has not accomplished one skill within an age range does not mean the child has a disorder. However, if you have answered no to the majority of items in an age range, seek the advice of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

Do you visit the schools?

Yes, we provide speech and language therapy services at the following private schools:  Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Latin School, The Fletcher School, Manus Academy, British-American School, St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, United Faith Christian Academy and St. Matthews Catholic School.

Do you take insurance?

We are an out-of-network provider and do not work for the insurance industry.  TerrificTalkers provides electronic filing for our clients. Because we are out-of-network providers, all payment for services rendered by our practice is expected according to our financial policy.   As with all insurance companies, your insurance benefits are not a guarantee.  Contact us for more information:  (704) 541-3737.

Does my child need a speech/language evaluation, if they have already been tested?

To best meet your child’s needs, we require a one hour initial visit prior to the commencement of speech/language therapy services.

Do you provide speech/language therapy services in the home?

At this time, appointments are scheduled for in-office therapy.