FAQs

FAQs

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Would my child benefit from services at PSTA?

Does your child move, talk, learn, and eat like other children his or her age? Have teachers, physicians, or other caregivers expressed concerns about your child’s development? PSTA staff can help you determine if speech, occupational, or physical therapy evaluations are needed. If you have questions or concerns, our therapists are available to help address them. If you would like to know more about our therapy services, call, schedule a tour, and meet our experienced therapists in person!

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What is the process by which my child will receive services?

Beginning therapy at PSTA is as easy as A B C!

A. Call our clinic at 720-542-8737. Our helpful office staff will ask you simple questions about the services you are looking for, as well as insurance information, and will schedule an evaluation appointment. Have your insurance card handy when you call! You will conveniently obtain a Parent Packet via or e-mail. Please fill it out and return it before your scheduled evaluation.

B. At your first visit, an evaluation will include:
1. Formal and informal evaluations
2. Parent and child interviews
3. Parent-therapist collaboration regarding your child’s current skills and challenges, and how PSTA can help!

Following the evaluation, your therapist will discuss recommendations and provide you with a copy of the evaluation report.

C. If further therapy is recommended, your child will be seen at a frequency that is decided by you, your therapist, and your child’s physician, to address his/her needs in a fun and playful way during treatment and through home program suggestions. If therapy is not recommended, you and your child will be provided with ideas and therapy tools/suggestions to use at home and in the community. PSTA therapists are always available to answer questions and “troubleshoot” concerns.

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Does my child’s doctor play a role?

PSTA therapists will work with your child’s physician(s) to provide the best care and to better meet the established goals. Therapists will update him or her regularly regarding your child’s progress. Your child’s doctor plays a key role in beginning, continuing, and completing therapy services, by providing a prescription.

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Does insurance cover these services?

PSTA proudly works with the following insurance companies:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CIGNA
  • Great West
  • Colorado Access
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permenante
  • Medicaid
  • TRICARE
  • United Healthcare
  • And others!!

It is important that you contact your insurance provider to determine the details of your insurance plan. Please note that some plans within an insurance company may not cover all services. We will assist in obtaining the authorization for teh initial evaluation and ongoing therapy (if needed).

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Is there a waiting list?

PSTA generally has openings in all therapies!  If your child can’t get in soon enough for your needs, we will gladly give you the names of other pediatric therapy providers in the area. The more flexible you are with  therapy times, the faster you can get in!

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How long will my child be in therapy?

The frequency and duration of your child’s therapy is dependent on your child’s particular skills and challenges.  To encourage rapid progress, your therapist will work with you to determine your therapy schedule, provide with home programming ideas, and to discuss discharge plans regularly.

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What kind of outcomes can I expect? How will my child benefit?

Benefits for Your Child:

– Improved coordination/strength and endurance and/or communication skills
– Improved functional life skills and readiness to learn and play
– Improved self-esteem and sense of self-worth
– Improved social skills, attention, and ability to participate in community activities

Benefits for You:

– Empowered parents and caregivers
– Increased understanding and awareness of your child’s strengths and challenges and how they impact their daily life

The collaborative relationship between the therapist and the parent helps to develop/facilitate:

– Functional and meaningful goals
– Home programming
– Appropriate and timely referrals when necessary
– Beneficial community contacts with other providers and caregivers working with your child

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What do I need to do as a parent or caregiver to make sure my child gets the most from his or her therapy?

– Consistently follow-through with your therapist’s home program recommendations.
– Provide feedback to your therapist about progress and challenges.
– Participate in therapy sessions as often as possible.
– Ask questions and seek help when needed .
– In most cases, the more involved the parent/ caregivers are, the faster the child progresses.

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What does a speech, occupational, and/or physical therapy evaluation consist of, and how long does it take?

Each evaluation typically takes 60 minutes.  The evaluation process consists of formal and informal assessments, parent and child interviews, collaboration to develop a family-centered plan of care, and, with permission, interfacing with your child’s other care providers when appropriate.

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How is therapy at PSTA different than therapy offered at school?

Therapy services that are provided in the school setting focus on developing skills that are needed specifically for education.   Goals are developed that will impact the child’s role as a student.  Therapy services at PSTA will focus on the many roles of a child’s life within their home, school and community activities to ensure communication as well as academic success.

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