Is it OK to do EI and private therapy?

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Is it OK to do EI and private therapy?
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Mon, 07-14-2008 - 5:49pm

Zoe is 17 months old and is in PT and OT once a week for issues related to sensory processing disorder and hypotonia. She started speech therapy at the same place about a month ago for an expressive language delay and goes twice a week, for 30 minute sessions.

Our insurance so far covers all this, we pay a $10 copay per visit...

I never knew about EI until after therapy started. I love her therapists and I love that they all work at the same place and I want to stay with them. At the same time I am getting really worried about her speech...she is SOOO quiet, rarely even babbles. =( I want to know if there's more I can do for her by adding more speech therapy, maybe through EI??

Do people ever do both EI and private therapy? Is that even "allowed" per EI rules? Would it just be confusing for Zoe? Thank you for your help...!

Nicole

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Mon, 07-14-2008 - 9:40pm

Hi Nicole,


Absolutely it is okay.

Jan & Matthew (11) - mild hypotonia, apraxia, dysarthria, autism

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Tue, 07-15-2008 - 10:39am
People definitely do this. I never did so I don't know how it works. I think the trick is how to get it all paid for. In our state, the therapy place has to submit a claim to private insurance first, then medicaid and if its denied then the state pays. My experience is things work very differently state to state so not sure how it works but I know lots of people do both. Good luck! Kari



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Tue, 07-15-2008 - 10:53am
Oh sure. We took everything we could get with EI, then supplemented with private. EI knew we were getting private therapies too. Maybe it varies by state, but I think if your child qualifies for therapy through EI, they qualify - regardless of income, insurance, or whether you're also getting therapy covered by insurance. At least that's the way it worked in our state.

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Registered: 04-09-2003
Tue, 07-15-2008 - 12:33pm

That's unbelievable that no one told you about EI! Your ped didn't mention it? I'm really surprised that you were identified and got services privately with no mention of EI.


Like everyone else said, it's definitely ok and the therapists typically don't contradict each other. It would be great if you could add additional speech through EI, but depending on how it is in your area, there might not be a therapist readily available. The reason we get private speech is that there is no ST available from EI right now.


One doc told me it's because EI pays less than private providers. Always made me wonder if our EI therapists were of lesser quality because of that. We had difficulty getting OT at first, too, simply because they didn't have the personnel.


Good luck!

Mom to Truman, 19 mos, Williams syndrome

 

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Registered: 07-11-2008
Wed, 07-16-2008 - 2:17pm

My dd gets play/floor therapy through ECI, and will also be getting some speech therapy. We have considered private, but so far, she is doing well w/ what we're doing - so we will take that as it comes.

I agree that they just don't have the funding to do quite as much as private can. Where I live, they do have a cost-share plan that goes on a sliding scale (according to income and family size) after the first 6 mos (which are completely free). So, after 6 mos, my cost w/ ECI will be $50 a month.

As for the quality of the therapists - a friend of mine pointed out something I hadn't thought of that makes some sense. There are plenty of opportunities to get the better paying private therapy jobs (at least, there are here). Given that, it would make sense that many of the people who work w/ ECI do so b/c they truly love what they do and want to help children whose families may not have the same access to therapies as some others' do. To me, that makes for one darn good therapist.