Pinecone Therapies FAQ
Pinecone Therapies is one of the oldest speech and autism practices in the DFW and Houston area. The Executive Director is committed to the pursuit of the client’s progress and growth. Our client list includes families from across the state, as well as, agencies and school districts that include, but are not limited to:
Hurst Euless Bedford ISD
Education Service Centers 2,4,6,7 10, 11
Forth Worth ISD
Fort Bend ISD
Pinecone Therapies is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is no charge for cancellations received 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Failure to cancel less than 24 hours prior to the session will result in a $25.00 cancellation/no show fee.
Yes! Pinecone Therapies accepts:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Evernorth (formally Cigna)
- Magellan Healthcare
- United Healthcare / Optum
- Private Pay is available
It is the patient’s responsibility to call and confirm treatment benefits for both ABA services, speech-language pathology services with their insurance carrier, and to obtain any necessary pre-authorizations or referrals. In the event that an insurance company is billed and payment is denied, the patient will be responsible for the cost of services.
Yes! Please see:
- Autism Rescue Angels – Financial support for families living with autism www.autismrescueangels.org/
- F.A.C.E.S. – Foundation for Autism Care, Education and Services www.facesautism.org
- KNOWAutism– Support for families living with autism and other disabilities www.know-autism.org
- T.A.C.A. – Talk About Curing Autism – Grant Opportunity www.tacanow.org/family-resources/sos-we-need-help/
- United Healthcare Children’s Foundation – Grant Opportunity www.uhccf.org/uhccf/media/Docs/UHCCF-brochure.pdf
- The Huckleberry Foundation www.thepeopleprojecttx.org/huck-helps
Yes, payment is expected at the time of service except by prearranged agreement where Pinecone Therapies is in network for your insurance company or has a contract with DARS and benefits have been verified. In that case, the co-pay will be collected at the time of service. In the event that an insurance company is billed and payment is denied, the patient will be responsible for the cost of services.
Speech-language therapy sessions are 30 minutes in duration and are recommended two to four times per week. The duration of treatment depends on the severity of the disorder, the age of the client, and associated physical, emotional, and social factors.
Research supports reasonable progress and growth from some forms of autism when treatment is received 20 to 40 hours per week for 2 to 3 years. It is recognized that some families may be unable to purchase such an extensive financial commitment; therefore, each family’s time and financial constraints will be considered when developing the treatment package.
Recognition and diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder is happening at earlier and earlier ages. Once frequently not recognized until past age three, many doctors, psychologists, and therapists have now established caution signs as early as middle infancy. Some children express difficulties as early as birth and others have few obvious signs until 24 months or later. Regardless, children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might:
Not respond to their name by 12 months
Not point to objects to show interest by 14 months
Not play pretend games by 18 months
Avoid eye contact
Want to be alone
Have difficulty understanding the feelings of others or expressing their own feelings
Have delayed or disordered speech and language skills
Repeat words and phrases over and over (echolalia)
Get upset with minor changes
Have obsessive interests
Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin themselves or objects
Over- or under-respond to the sensations of smell, sight, touch, sound
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