Blossom Educational Services FAQs

“My son was diagnosed with absence epilepsy. This caused him to miss much of what he was learning at school in kindergarten and first grade.  Kathy was able to work with my son on closing those learning gaps through focused literacy therapy. My son enjoys his time with Kathy as she has great rapport with kids. My son is now reading at grade level and it is due to her excellent therapy and support.”  – Donna M.

Why does a Speech-Language Pathologist work with learning disabilities like reading?

While it’s true that our training includes helping kids improve articulation, SLPs do much more than that!  We are also trained to help children develop the basic skills necessary for successful reading, including phonological awareness and processing, phonemic awareness, and memory skills.  All of these are language-based skills and need to be in place before letters are introduced.

We also work with more obvious aspects of language development, such as vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and comprehension of spoken language.  All of these components of language need to be addressed with learners who are struggling in school. For more information about how language and reading are related, please see the National Reading Panel Report at www.nationalreadingpanel.org/Publications/summary.htm

How do learning disabilities and delays show up developmentally?

We may see lack of progress with reading, or observe that the child can read but not spell.  We may be puzzled when a student reads well but doesn’t understand content, or can recalls complex video game directions but does not retain information for school exams.

How do I know if literacy therapy is necessary?

Often the first indications that more support is necessary comes from teacher and parent observations. A detailed assessment provides specific information about learning difficulties and why they are occurring. An assessment of language and reading skills typically includes evaluation of phonological processing skills, vocabulary, and reading rate, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. The results will determine what kind of intervention is recommended.

How much does an assessment cost? What does it include?

A typical assessment costs approximately $500.  This includes parent and teacher interviews, student assessment, scoring of assessments, analysis and interpretation of results, a detailed assessment report, a therapy plan, and a list of additional resources.

How is speech/language therapy different from tutoring?

Therapy addresses the underlying neural deficits that are present when students are struggling with reading and writing.  The methods include multi-sensory approaches to learning which are based on high-quality scientific research.  Tutoring focuses more on practicing skills taught in schools. Tutoring does not usually address the underlying causes of the difficulties experienced by the student.

Practical Matters

Do you take insurance?

I do not take insurance.  However, my bills will include the appropriate billing codes so that you may submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Do you have an office?

I do not have an office. I typically meet with clients in their homes or at a location of their choosing.

Do you work with parents?

Yes. An important part of my practice is to coach parents to work with their children to maximize the effectiveness of therapy.

Do you work with teachers?

I provide consultation services with teachers and parents if requested. I am also available to attend IEP meetings.

How long are therapy sessions?

Sessions run from 45-90 minutes depending on the client.  Middle school, high school and college age students typically work from 60-90 minutes, while younger children work from 45-60 minutes.

Do you assess student skills?

Yes, I provide assessments and diagnoses as part of my practice. I use standardized tests as well as informal evaluations to determine a student’s achievement level, learning style, and areas of need.

How many times a week do you meet with clients?

I prefer to meet with clients two to three times a week.  This maximizes benefit and overall is more time- and cost-effective. However, I realize that families are busy and once a week may be more practical for many reasons.  If I meet with a client once a week, I assign parent and student ‘homework’ so that what is learned during sessions will be carried over during the week.

Where do you base your work?

I work primarily in the Boulder area.

Can you work with my child while he/she is at school?

If your child attends a Boulder Valley school, I cannot meet with him or her at their school, according to district policy. If your child is in private school, I may be able to meet with him or her there, policy permitting.

For a free initial consultation, please contact Kathy Tucker at 303-938-5938, or at
Kathy @BlossomEducationalServices.com.