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What is speech therapy and what does a therapist do?

Many children need help communicating. This could be due to a language or articulation delay or disorder, an illness or accident, or other diagnoses, such as Autism. Speech and language therapy is the therapeutic treatment of speech and language difficulties and disorders. This therapy helps to prevent, diagnose and/or rehabilitate an individual’s speech and language difficulties. Speech-language pathologists also work with individuals with feeding/swallowing disorders or difficulties, social skills difficulties, and oral motor deficits. 

Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

Does my child need speech therapy?

That can be a tough question for any parent or caretaker who is concerned about the speech, language, feeding, or social skills development of their children.  To help make this decision, Sunbreak will perform a communication assessment to determine how your child's speech, language, social or swallowing skills are developing and which areas your child might need some improvement. We are happy to discuss your concerns over the phone and help you determine if an evaluation and/or therapy should be considered. 

How do I get started?

Call or email Sunbreak at or 503-908-6120 to discuss your concerns and determine if your child might need speech therapy and set up a communication assessment. You can also fill out the Contact Us form here and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

Do you accept insurance?

Yes we do! We are currently in-network with:

  • Medicare

  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • Providence Health - Assurance & Commercial,

  • PacificSource -Commercial & OHP plans

  • CareOregon

  • Moda

  • Cigna

  • First Choice Health

  • Kaiser Permanente (per contract basis).


If Sunbreak is not a provider with your insurance, we can help you work with your insurance company to get reimbursed for therapy services.  Sunbreak also gives discounts for families paying out of pocket.

What documentation do you provide?

After the initial evaluation, you will be provided with an evaluation report.  Periodic progress reports will also be provided to patients. 

What is your cancellation policy?

Sunbreak requires at least 48 hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.  We know people get sick and at times you have to cancel last minute!  As per our cancellation policy, every client is allowed two cancellations without a 48-hour notice, per year.  After that, you will be charged a $50 fee for canceling without a 48 hours notice.

At Sunbreak, we try to keep everyone healthy and safe, including our staff.  We offer teletherapy sessions too if needed.


Please contact us to cancel in-person sessions and switch to virtual (if able to do so) if patient has any of the following symptoms:

  • Flu Symptoms

  • Fever

  • Sore throat/strep throat

  • Any type of new cough - including Croup or Whooping *If cough resides after sickness and no other symptoms remain, this is no longer symptomatic. 

  • Sneezing, runny nose with color, congestion

  • Head & body aches

  • Upset stomach/vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Pinkeye

  • Any virus 

  • Mouth sores, thrush, chicken pox


Emergency cancellations are due to illness, death in the family, or illness of a family member. These sessions must be canceled by 9am on the day of the therapy slot. If your child comes to the session and appears ill, you will be billed for that session and sent home from therapy.


NON-EMERGENCY 24 HOURS NOTICE: This includes vacations, pre –planned doctor’s  appointments, family events, work obligations, parties, sports events, lack of babysitter  etc. This includes anything that is not designated by “emergency “. The session must be canceled with 48-hour notice. If cancellations become excessive for nonemergency purposes, then the client may lose his/her weekly slot in the therapy  schedule. If the session is not canceled with 24 hours notice, a $50 late cancel/no-show fee will be charged.

What if my child did not qualify for early intervention or school-based services?

To qualify for services through early intervention/early childhood education or in the public school system, children often have to demonstrate a significant delay in one or more areas of development or academically related skills. We often work with children who are experiencing mild or moderate delays or disorders who still benefit from speech, language, social skills, or feeding therapy even if they do not qualify for an IEP or IFSP.

For more general information and relevent check out our blog 
What if my child is ill?
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