Frequently Asked Questions
Please see each individual therapy section for FAQ specific to that therapy.
Why should I trust Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies to provide my child’s care?
For over 25 years, Christina and her team have been empowering children and have earned and held the trust of their families. If you have time, you may find our google reviews helpful. We are fortunate that families are willing to share their Hummingbird experience with each of you. We work hard to gain our families trust and so we are proud of them. We are known to look beyond our area of specialty and are fortunate to be a part of a team of dedicated pediatric therapists who have built a reputation on partnering with families in order to help your children be the best person they can be! We tailor our treatment approach to each individual child whether that be private or group sessions. We are with you every step of the way by attending IEP meetings with you, recommending outside enrichment activities and ensuring effective communication with your pediatrician or referring physician as well as all other members of your child’s developmental team.
Would my child benefit from services at Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies?
If your child has a delay in speech, communication/language, feeding, developmental, fine motor, sensory or social emotional, then we can help them. It is never too late to get help for your child, however research has shown that the earlier we intervene, the better progress they make.
How do we get started?
Feel free to contact us via email or call Hummingbird directly at 630-560-0136. We will begin with a phone consult in which you will speak directly to a therapist and then come up with a plan tailored for your child and concerns.
Will you share your findings/test results/recommendations with my Pediatrician?
As soon as you sign a release of information and add your Pediatrician’s name, we will forward all reports and notes.
Do you consult with any other professionals?
It takes a village! We realize that there are many others involved in the your child’s care. Some of these professionals may include various pediatric specialists such as ENT, gastro-intestinal physicians, tutors, teachers, school-based therapists and even other outside private therapists. We will contact/share any information that you ask us to as long as you add them onto the release of information form.
Does insurance cover therapy?
We are in network and a preferred provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Blue Choice PPO and will bill them directly. All other insurances are reimbursed at the out of network rate. We bill the family directly at the end of each month for insurance other than BCBS. Families are responsible for paying the bill, however HPT will provide all necessary invoices with codes and notes for you to submit to your insurance plan.
Is there a waiting list?
Our mission is to help every child that comes to us and to never have to wait! We feel that if you have concerns about your child’s development, why wait to get started? If we can not get you in for an evaluation within a reasonable time that you are comfortable with, we can refer you to another clinic.
How long with my child be in therapy?
This is the million-dollar question. Every child is so unique that it is impossible to predict how long they will need to be seen. We can tell you though, that one of THE top indicators of success is intensity and consistency. Our mission is to get your child the help he or she needs and get them onto the developmental curve so that typically occurring developmental growth can occur. Based on a number of factors such as type of delay and how stimulable he or she is at the time of evaluation and during the first few weeks of therapy, we may be able to give you a better idea at that point.
What can I do to make sure my child gets the most out of his sessions?
Consistency. Consistency. Consistency. :) One of the most important things you can do for your child is to make sure your child consistently attends their sessions. We realize that your main job is to be your child’s parent. This is why we also focus on teaching you some of our techniques and strategies so that you begin to feel more at ease carrying through our recommendations during everyday living activities so that you can incorporate these techniques into spontaneous situations. Your child will make faster progress by doing this versus sitting down with him and doing “therapy” at a table. We see faster carry-over of learned skills this way.
How much therapy do you recommend and how long are the sessions?
Depending on the type of therapy and number of goals set forth for your child, our sessions are typically 30-60 minutes long each. We see children anywhere from 1-4x/week. It just depends on the nature of your child’s needs.