Answering Clinical Questions

  • What is the difference between speech and language?

    What is the difference between speech and language?

    Language is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:

    • What words mean (e.g., “duck” can refer to an animal or an action)
    • How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)
    • How to put words together (e.g., “Carlos walked to the green park” rather than “Carlos walk park green”)
    • What word combinations are best in what situations (“Would you mind moving your foot?” could quickly change to “Get off my foot, please!” if the first request did not produce the desired results)

    Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Speech consists of the following:

    • Articulation
      How speech sounds are made (e.g., children must learn how to produce the “r” sound in order to say “robot” instead of “wobot”).
    • Voice
      Use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound (e.g., the voice can be abused from overuse or misuse and can lead to hoarseness or loss of voice).
    • Fluency
      The rhythm of speech (e.g., hesitations or stuttering can affect fluency).
      When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder.

    Language and speech disorders can exist together or by themselves. The problem can be mild or severe. In any case, a comprehensive evaluation by a Speech-Language Pathologist is the first step to improving language and speech problems.

  • What ages do you serve?

    What ages do you serve?

    We serve all ages. Our clinicians are well trained and enthusiastic about providing speech and language therapy services to both children and adults in their homes.

  • When should I become concerned that my child is not communicating?

    When should I become concerned that my child is not communicating?

    Communication develops very early on; from babbling, to jargon, to use of single words, short phrases, and then full conversations. We strongly believe in a proactive approach to speech and language disorders and rarely condone the “wait and see” approach.

    Some basic milestones include the use of several single words by 12 months of age, approximately 50 words by 18 months of age, and the emergence of two and three-word sentences by two years of age. A typical two-year old should be >50% intelligible to an unfamiliar listener and a three-year olds’ intelligibility should exceed 75%. We are happy to discuss your child’s development and address any specific concerns you may have.

  • My child receives therapy through Early Intervention or the school district. Is it appropriate to request additional speech and language therapy?

    My child receives therapy through Early Intervention or the school district. Is it appropriate to request additional speech and language therapy?

    Absolutely! It is common for children to receive private therapy in addition to speech therapy through the agencies listed above. Qualified Speech and Language Pathologists will work in concert with any other professionals involved in your child’s care.

  • Is speech and language therapy covered by insurance?

    Is speech and language therapy covered by insurance?

    Speech and language therapy is a covered benefit for most insurance carriers. As each insurance is different, we encourage all clients to confirm their covered benefits. We are happy to help you with this step and will request prior authorization for services if necessary. We accept and contract with many major insurances. Please contact us for a more complete list of all insurances accepted. We also gladly accept private pay clients.

* Select information sourced from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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  • Our Philosophy

     

    Speech and language disorders are overwhelmingly common. Many children and adults struggle to be understood and have difficulties expressing their wants and needs effectively. Communication difficulties can lead to frustration, sadness, and at times, feelings of isolation.  In home speech therapy helps to provide a more comfortable experience for the client receiving the therapy.

    At Silver State Speech Therapy, it is our mission to ensure that you do not have to face these challenges alone. A certified and credentialed Speech and Language Pathologist is trained to provide a comprehensive evaluation and accompanying in home speech therapy treatment plan that will address a variety of concerns.

    At Silver State Speech Therapy, we believe that every individual is special; therefore every treatment plan is customized to accommodate the unique strengths and challenges of each client. We believe in a family-centered approach to therapy and feel strongly that in home speech therapy provided in a clients’ natural environment can lead to significant success.

    In Home Speech Therapy Reno, Sparks, Carson City and the Surrounding area.

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  • Meet Our Founder

    Chelsa Rostagni, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Chelsa Rostagni graduated with distinction from the University of Nevada, Reno earning a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a minor in Developmental Disabilities. She then went on to earn her M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. Chelsa has worked full-time in private practice since completing her degree and has gained additional clinical experience in skilled nursing facilities through per diem work.

    Since obtaining her license from the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Audiology and Speech Pathology, Chelsa has gained extensive clinical experience in treating a variety of different disorders, including Autism, Down syndrome, Aphasia, Parkinson’s disease, Dysphagia, Stuttering, and Apraxia, in addition to Phonological, Articulation, and Language disorders. She has worked with clients of all ages, ranging from children under the age of one to adults in their nineties, and has also worked in Early Intervention, providing speech therapy in client’s homes or in the child’s most natural environment.

    Chelsa is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Nevada Speech-Language Hearing Association. She feels strongly about the benefits of community outreach and education regarding speech and language disorders and believes passionately that everybody deserves to have a voice. When she is not treating clients, Chelsa enjoys spending time with her husband and family, visiting her home state of Alaska, traveling, and spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying activities such as camping, biking, and hiking.

    In Home Speech Therapy Reno, Sparks, Carson City and the surrounding areas.

    In Home Speech Therapy Reno, Sparks, Carson City and the surrounding areas.