What services do we provide?
- Speech- Language Therapy - Speech-language pathologists are professionals that evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. Such patients may experience a range of issues that impact speech production, language comprehension and expression, and feeding. Speech-Language Pathologists provide numerous essential services to clients of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
- Occupational Therapy - Occupational Therapists are professionals that focus on achieving independence in all areas of their patients’ lives. Their work focuses on the following areas: sensory integration, fine motor skills, self-help skills, handwriting, and feeding.
- Physical Therapy - Physical Therapists rely on an array of techniques to treat musculoskeletal problems and improve the mobility of children facing a number of health conditions. A physical therapist uses physical examinations to diagnose the source of the patient’s movement difficulties. From there, the clinician will make a treatment plan to improve motor development, strength, coordination, gait difficulties, and more.
- Feeding Therapy - Speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists evaluate and treat patients with sensory, motor and behavioral feeding difficulties. These patients may experience difficulty with gaining weight, eating a variety of foods, progressing to table foods, hypersensitivity to textures, tastes, and temperatures, chewing foods and safely swallowing food and liquids. If feeding therapy is recommended the focus of therapy may include the following: making the muscles of the mouth stronger, increasing tongue movement, increasing acceptance of different foods and liquids, improving sucking and/or drinking ability, and altering food textures and liquid thickness to ensure safe swallowing.
- Behavioral Therapy- An evidence-based science that uses specific principles of learning to change socially significant behavior. This is done by analyzing and determining the function of the behavior and examining relationships, patterns, or contingencies in the individual’s environment. The first step in the process is for a functional behavior assessment (FBA) to be conducted with the individual and his or her family or caregivers. During the assessment, the behaviors of concern are analyzed by observing what occurs immediately before and after the behavior to determine the function of the behavior. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will complete the assessment. After the assessment, if the BCBA finds ongoing treatment to be necessary, a behavior treatment plan will be created that uses ABA principles to reduce problem behaviors and increase socially appropriate behaviors. The treatment plan is implemented through direct one on one therapy with the individual as well as consultation with his or her family or caregivers.
What should I do if I suspect my child or family member may need therapy?
If you suspect that your child or family member may need therapy, you should contact a therapist to set up an evaluation. Once an evaluation has been completed decisions regarding therapy recommendations and a plan of treatment can be determined.
What if my child has already had an evaluation by a licensed therapist within the last year?
If your child has had an evaluation by a licensed therapist within the last year there may not be a need for another evaluation.
Will insurance cover the therapy services needed?
That depends on the individual’s diagnosis and the insurance plan. As a courtesy, Jones Therapy Services will help you determine your insurance coverage for our services and bill your insurance when applicable. Private pay discounts are available for services not covered by insurance. We are in-network with several insurance companies. We are a vendor with Tennessee Early Intervention System and also have contracts with local school systems.
What will happen when we come for an evaluation?
At Jones Therapy Services, families are always welcome and encouraged to be a part of the evaluation and treatment process. At the initial evaluation, case history information will be obtained and formal and informal testing will be conducted to determine a patient’s current level of functioning. At the end of the evaluation session recommendations for therapy will be given based on what the testing revealed.