So my son tested out of speech with ECI last spring, and has been in private clinical speech ever since. It's very frustrating to see him do almost anything asked in the clinical setting, but then not have that carry over to school or home or everyday life without a significant amount of prompting. I know it has been difficult for his teachers this year, particularly with intelligibility issues.
At any rate, it was recently identified by the preschool and pediatrician that he also has some fine motor delays. We asked ECI to come out and do a screening for possible OT along with the speech, recognizing that two areas of delay means that the threshold to receive services is lower. They would like to do a full speech eval, and possibly put some providers in the classroom with him.
I am in support of that, but I don't want to lose our process with our private speech for the summer and testing for K in the fall. The private speech therapist suggested not having ECI access our insurance, as it is supposed to be a free service. That way the insurance will continue to cover our work/evaluations with private speech, and dept of ed can cover ECI.
Has anyone ever done both private and ECI services at the same time? Any thoughts/experiences on how to make that work with insurance, reimbursement, etc? TIA for any help...