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FAQs

Your Questions Answered

What therapies do you offer?

We offer speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and feeding therapy.

We also have a wide array of specialized programs that we have developed over the years. 

What sets STEP apart from other therapy clinics?

We strongly believe in the implementation of Individualized Treatment Plans because every person is unique and each session should be structured to meet the needs of client and family/caregivers. We will provide an integrated intervention that views the client as a whole. This allows us to promote success during and after therapeutic treatments. STEP will provide the client and the caregiver information for promoting the client's success across multiple environments. Our focus is for our client to find a successful and functional way to succeed in various settings. 

Why do I need a Bilingual Speech and Language evaluation? 

It is important to be evaluated in all languages that the person is exposed to. For multilingual individuals you may understand the concept in one language but not the other. For example understanding the word "zapato" but not "shoe"  It is imperative that all multilingual individuals be assessed in both languages as only assessing in one language can yield erroneous results.

Are speech developmental milestones the same for monolingual as they are for bilingual?

Additionally, for our pediatric patients its imperative to note that bilingual developmental milestones differ from the monolingual development. Due to the acquisition of two languages, the developmental milestones are adjusted. A bilingual child may not talk or combine words as quickly as his or her monolingual peers. Bilingual developmental charts are also an available resource. 

Are you services covered by insurance?

Most of the time, our therapy services are covered by insurance. There are various plans, therefore, it varies from plan to plan. To find out if your insurance covers therapy, call our office!

What is the therapy process? 

The first step is the evaluation in which our highly trained therapists will deem if you need therapy services. If therapy is warranted, our therapist develop an individualized plan of care, targeting your specific needs. Your insurance may require authorization, if so, your time to begin therapy sessions varies by your plan. 

Do I need a doctor's referral?

Maybe, it depends on your health insurance plan. Call our office to find out details regarding your specific plan.

How do I know if my child needs therapy service?

If you are not sure, submit a request for a free consultation with one of our therapists. We will discuss any concerns you have and help you determine if an evaluation would be recommended. 

How do I get started? 

We are here to serve you. You can either submit a contact us form, send us a chat thru this website, or call our office at

941-251-6825

What diagnoses are your therapists familiar with? 

How does Occupational Therapy help with picky eaters? 

Occupational therapy explores the variety of ways in which each one of our sensory systems reacts or over reacts to food. Visual components such as color and shape are critical to consider. Some children will eat only one color scheme of foods or certain shapes of foods. Textures, smells, and flavors of foods are also important sensory qualities to assess. Some children may seek potent foods such as a spicy chip with no reaction. In contrast, there are children who avert from having yogurt or any form of puree touch their hands or mouth.

We are familiar with a wide array of diagnoses including but not limited to:

  • AUTISM

  • ADHD/ADD

  • BEHAVIORAL CONCERNS

  • SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDERS

  • DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS

  • ATTENTION CONCERNS

  • TORTICOLLIS

  • DOWN SYNDROME

  • APRAXIA & APRAXIA OF SPEECH

  • DYSPHAGIA

  • DYSARTHRIA

  • FINE MOTOR DELAYS

  • MOTOR FUNCTION DELAYS

  • FEEDING DIFFICULTIES

  • PICKY EATING

  • HANDWRITING DIFFICULTIES

  • DYSLEXIA

  • OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL DISORDERS

  • TONGUE TIES/ LIP TIES

  • STUTTERING/CLUTTERING

  • READING DIFFICULTIES

  • VOICE DISORDERS

  • SELECTIVE MUTISM

  • BRAIN INJURIES

  • LEARNING DISABILIITES

  • TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES

  • COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS

  • ORTHOPEDIC INJURIES

  • CEREBRAL PALSY

  • TOILETING DIFFICULTIES

  • PRADER WILLI