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One of our nieces, who is 4.5 years old, has some major speech delays. We saw her back in March, and I didn't really notice how behind she was because she's so petite, she looks much younger than she is. Basically, her family can understand her but everyone else has a really hard time.<br><br>
My SIL is a great mom, but kind of a flake. Their financial situation is always on the rocky side, and until recently she was working full time - and she has two older dds and a step dd who just left for college, so I just don't think they were paying attention to Lily's progress or lack thereof.<br><br>
The big question right now my dh is dealing with is whether he and his bro should use Lily's college funds from their dad (they're trustees) to pay for speech therapy. It's my understanding though that she may be/is entitled to speech therapy paid for by the state, and I'm looking for information on how to go about finding out about state/local resources.<br><br>
I have no idea how "official" her diagnosis is or what kind of therapy she needs. It also doesn't help that we're all the way across the country. But since my SIL is flaking out on this front, and we don't want to spend Lily's (very limited) college funds if there are other resources to draw on, I said I would start doing some research.<br><br>
If anyone could point me in the right direction, I would very much appreciate it!
 

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CA is a good place to be in need of speech therapy (well- relative to other states)<br>
PLease advise the parents NOT to use their own money to begin therapy for their dd. She is entitles to a free assessment by the school district, and she may qualify not only for free speech therapy, but a full preschool program. Even if she does not qualify for the school district program, she could get free speech through the California Hawaiian Elks Major Project,<br><a href="http://www.chea-elks.org/majorprojectpage.html" target="_blank">http://www.chea-elks.org/majorprojectpage.html</a><br><a href="http://www.chea-elks.org/contactus.html" target="_blank">http://www.chea-elks.org/contactus.html</a><br>
or at a Scottish Rites Masons Language clininc on a sliding scale.<br><a href="http://www.gwmemorial.org/Philanthropies/Scottish_Rite_Centers.htm" target="_blank">http://www.gwmemorial.org/Philanthro...te_Centers.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.srmason-sj.org/council/temple/booklet/cldp.htm" target="_blank">http://www.srmason-sj.org/council/te...oklet/cldp.htm</a><br>
And even if those options aren't available in her area- she could possibly get it through her health care insurance. Even if the insurance company does not usually cover that service, it is possible to re-negotiate the contract to include if you take less of another service (say hospital in patient coverage, etc).
 

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Make sure they've contacted their local Regional Center for free assessments, a social worker for advice, and other assorted services. My student was diagnosed through the Regional Center and they provide some of the funding for his therapy.
 

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Thanks so much! I'm going to send this info to my dh and my SIL.
 
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