Foothills Speech and Language is one of few outpatient offices treating patients of all
ages struggling with a wide range of communicative disorders.
Exceptional quality care is our goal. Providing individualized, evidence-based practices, specific to each patient with a focus on functional and lasting outcomes is our commitment to you.
Our knowledgeable staff has treated patients ranging from 5 days of life to 105 years of living.
Founded practice in 2009. Over 30 years’ experience in Metro area. Specialized interests in voice and resonance disorders, cleft lip and palate and craniofacial differences.
Joined practice in June 2019. Specialized interests in swallowing disorders and post concussion treatment.
Joined practice in July 2014. 40 years as a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Specializing in swallowing disorders, stroke and brain injury assessment and treatment.
Joined practice in August 2018. Specialized interests in voice and swallowing.
Therapy can start as soon as a concern is present. Waiting for things to resolve “on their own” can be detrimental to remediation of many disorders of communication. It is best to be evaluated by a Speech Language Pathologist and have him/her answer this question as they are the experts. Obtaining a referral from your physician is often helpful.
This is a great question that is hard to answer and truly varies on a case by case basis. We often will provide a potential “range” of treatment to help families/patients prepare and plan. The complexity and severity of diagnosis, current level of functioning, identifying possible obstacles for learning and family needs are all taken into consideration when answering this question.
Treatment for some diagnoses can be as few as two or three visits while others may take several months or longer. In general, we recommend weekly, thirty minute sessions, with re-occurring visits when possible. Home program ideas are shared and recommended with almost all sessions. We strive to educate our patients and involve family members so that you will feel comfortable and confident in generalizing skills into the home and beyond.
Our profession, unfortunately, is greatly unknown to the general population despite the fact that over 30 million American’s suffer from communication disorders. Our field is involved in persons across the lifespan. There are several types of treatment settings from educational, medical to specialized consultation. If there is an issue involving the brain, respiration, cognition, swallowing, developmental delay, hearing, auditory perception, attention, speaking, reading, writing, vocal performance, muscle tone, or laryngeal function there is a good chance an SLP may be involved. If you have questions we can help provide answers.
Knowing the details of your specific insurance policy is the best way to be prepared to answer this question. We will never guarantee that your insurance will cover services. Also remember that even an “authorization” is not a guarantee of payment. We adhere to ethical and professional guidelines when submitting claims to your insurance company and will do so in a timely manner.
Medical insurance typically covers “medically appropriate” treatment based on the diagnosis and procedure billed. The definition of medically appropriate varies from policy to policy. If your insurance company does not cover the costs of our treatment, we have several different payment options available to you.
"My son was diagnosed with ASD nearly 3 years ago when he was 22 months old. Since the beginning we have been coming to see Jeff Steffen. His work with my son has been so thorough without sacrificing patience; and his ability to connect with him is tremendous, even on his first day. When it seemed next to impossible to communicate with my son, Jeff has captured ways to make it happen."
"Throughout my life, I have struggled with both a learning disability and a speech impediment. I have battled self-doubt and the fear of rejection, sparked by those who said I would never be successful, would never graduate from high school, or ever get married because no girl would be able to understand me. With Julia’s help, I have been making progress for the first time in my life with my speech impediment. Julia is an outstanding and compassionate person to work with. She strives to understand and relate to her clients, and has specifically inspired me to be more confident in my speech. If I were asked one word to describe her, it would be “hero.” She has helped me believe that I am more than my struggles and has encouraged me not to let my speech impediment define me. Because of Julia, I want to help others with speech impediments, lifting them up and motivating them as Julia has done for me."
"Brooke has worked so hard with my 5 year old who has had difficulty producing sounds. Today is his last day as he is now able to produce all sounds! Thank you Brooke!"
"Jeff was recommended to us by our Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician when our 13-month old son was not speaking. Jeff was able to make our therapy sessions fun for our son and he gave us guidance on how to better encourage speech for our young son. Our son made huge improvements immediately after working with Jeff and he continues to improve daily. Our son is now 2 and he is at average or above average levels. Jeff has the unique ability to be able to communicate effectively with children and adults. Jeff's love for his work radiates from him. we are so grateful for everything that he has done for us."
-Stephanie and Chad M.
"Ms. Alison is awesome. She works well with her students. My son loves her! The staff there is great too."
"Ms. Brooke was fantastic for our 4 year old. She was able to quickly identify the trouble spots and helped our child correct herself by helping her hear the sounds. I cannot say thank you enough."