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We are In-Network Providers with Most Major Insurances 

Language Essentials accepts many insurance plans and will gladly submit  our clients' claims if we are part of an insurer's network. Please bring your insurance information with you to your first visit. Insurance generally covers only a portion of the total cost of treatment. Unless other arrangements have been made in advance, co-payments are due prior to therapy sessions.  It is the client's (or financially responsible party's) responsibility to pay any balance not paid by their insurance company (see our Billing and Payment Policy under Important Documents). 

You may be able to arrange coverage through an employee “cafeteria” plan.  Under such plans, some employers offer the option to select a benefit other than traditional health insurance to reimburse additional medical expenses not usually covered by insurance, such as out of pocket expenses and deductibles.  Reimbursement may be determined by IRS guidelines.  

You may also be able to use a “Flexible Spending Account”, or FSA, in which you pay into a family savings account using pre-tax income, for items not covered by traditional insurance, and then receive reimbursement after filing the receipts or invoices.  Please check with your employer about the plans available to you.  

Since 2005, the IRS has allowed a deduction for medical expenses.  In Publication 502 (Medical and Dental Expenses), under the topic “Special Education”, it states, “You can include in medical expenses fees you pay on a doctor’s recommendation for a child’s tutoring by a teacher who is specially trained and qualified to work with children who have learning disabilities caused by mental or physical impairments, including nervous system disorders.”  For this deduction, you need a doctor’s recommendation and the fees (which can be combined with other medical expenses) must total more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.  

Tax laws often change, so please check the current IRS regulations.  The information provided above is NOT intended as professional tax or legal advice, but it may be an option for you!  For more information visit: www.irs.gov.


ASHA,  American Speech and Hearing Association, Speech Pathology, Speech Therapy, swallowing, tongue thrust, oral-facial, accent reduction, reading intervention
ASHA,  American Speech and Hearing Association, Speech Pathology, Speech Therapy, swallowing, tongue thrust, oral-facial, accent reduction, reading intervention
ASHA,  American Speech and Hearing Association, Speech Pathology, Speech Therapy, swallowing, tongue thrust, oral-facial, accent reduction, reading intervention
ASHA,  American Speech and Hearing Association, Speech Pathology, Speech Therapy, swallowing, tongue thrust, oral-facial, accent reduction, reading intervention
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Language Essentials is a teaching facility.  We are associated with California State University, East Bay Graduate Speech Pathology Program, Gallaudet University Graduate School of Speech Pathology and Delta College's Speech Language Pathologist Assistant Program.

Every year Language Essentials supervises several student interns. Students work in conjunction with their supervisor at Language Essentials to fulfill client needs.  Language Essentials is committed to supporting the development of the science and practice of speech-language pathology.

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 of the East Bay
Language Essentials has many special certifications.

Language Essentials is always expanding its areas of expertise to better serve its clients. Just a few of the many special certifications and trainings held by our staff include:

o Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language. AAC is used by those with a wide range of speech and language impairments, including congenital impairments such as cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment and autism, and acquired conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. AAC can be a permanent addition to a person's communication or a temporary aid.

o The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) is one of the most widely practiced treatment for speech disorders associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). It focuses on increasing vocal loudness and has an intensive approach of one month.[1][2] Speech therapy and specifically LSVT may improve voice and speech function in PD.

o Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a form of augmentative and alternative communication. It is typically used as an aid in communication for children with autism and other special needs. The system has been used with a variety of ages including preschoolers, adolescents and adults who have a wide array of communicative, cognitive and physical difficulties. Recent literature reviews have supported PECS as an evidence-based practice.

Make an Appointment With One of Our Therapists

Language Essentials operates from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.  Other times may be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Appointments from 3pm to 5pm are in highest demand. We will do our best to work with your schedule requirements, but cannot guarantee availability of any timeslot.   
A Medicare Part B Provider