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CASANA Center Evaluations/Re-Evaluations

 

Parents/legal guardians from anywhere across the country may decide to seek expert advice through a specialized evaluation or re-evaluation at the new CASANA Apraxia specialty center in Pittsburgh, PA.  All evaluations will be conducted by CASANA’s Director of Professional Development and Speech Services, David Hammer, M.A. CCC-SLP (Provider #1881981611) in either a one (1) day or two (2) day time frame.  Decisions about length of evaluation will be made by parents/guardians prior to the evaluation date.  David Hammer is an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech.

Please call (412-343-7102 Ext 1010) or email (taram@apraxia-kids.org) our scheduling coordinator Tara Olexa Madoni to set up an evaluation or request information regarding our fees.

 

One-Day Evaluation or Re-evaluation

  • Initial phone intake with CASANA intake staff.
  • Review of medical, developmental, and speech/language documentation that the parent or therapist provides via US Mail or email.
  • A 90-minute evaluation with direct parent/caregiver observation.
  • A 30-minute parent feedback time.
  • An in-depth written evaluation report mailed to the family.

 

Two-Day Evaluation or Re-evaluation

  • Initial phone intake with CASANA intake staff.
  • Review of medical, developmental, and speech/language documents that parent/therapist provides via US Mail or email.
  • A 115-minute evaluation with direct parent/caregiver observation.
  • A 15-minute preliminary parent feedback time including discussion of second day expectations.
  • A 90-minute continued evaluation time to explore potential strategies for therapy, a portion of which will be videotaped for later parental and/or therapist viewing.
  • A 30-minute parent feedback time.
  • An in-depth written evaluation report and DVD video mailed to the family.
  • (Note: Phone consultation with local SLP can be arranged for an additional charge)

 

If an on-site visit isn’t possible for you, please click here to learn more about our video, phone, web-based consultations.  If you are unsure about what kind of evaluation or consultation is right for your child, you can contact Dave Hammer directly here.

 

CASANA accepts payment by cash, check or credit card.  We do not take insurance, but will provide you with documentation that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.  We cannot guarantee that your insurance company will reimburse all or even a portion of the evaluation charge.

 

 

Quotes from parents about Dave Hammer:

“In approximately 7 months, this man has turned my shy, reserved little boy into a social butterfly. I will never forget when we asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he replied, “I want to play with Mr. Hammer, and not hear “Time’s up”.

“Dave has an amazing gift for working with kids. We thank him for his dedication to helping children with CAS and their parents.”

“Dave Hammer is not only is a thought-leader in speech therapy, but he has the unique gift of being able to implement these techniques in a fun, engaging, and meaningful way for each child. And although each session is strategic in what it is striving to accomplish, kids do not realize they are “working”, rather they look forward to their “play dates” with Mr. Hammer.”

“This amazing man is an angel sent to us. I’m forever grateful to Dave Hammer for helping my son.”

“There is so much to say about this incredible professional and human being. Quite simply, Dave Hammer’s therapy, his methods, but especially his approach in working with children with apraxia of speech is like watching an artist and a scientist at the same time. He is creative, deeply humble, sincere, and technically skilled beyond belief. He changed my child’s life – the entire course of his life. We are so grateful to Dave Hammer.”

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