How to Get Started
Click on the tabs below to read more about each step of the process to get started.
- Fill out the Initial Inquiry Form
- Speak with a therapist
- Receive a "Welcome Email"
- Prepare for you first visit!
Click on the link below to fill out this form. Once completed, our staff will be alerted that you would like to speak with a therapist. One of our office staff will then contact you to set up a phone call to speak with a therapist about your child. The Initial Inquiry form will help our therapists prepare for their phone call with you and ensure that they are able to make tailored recommendations. This should only take a few minutes.
This is a 15-20 minute phone call with either an occupational therapist or a speech-language therapist, depending on your concerns. During this call you can expect to talk about your concerns, discuss scheduling, and learn more about the evaluation processes. Your initial evaluation or session will be scheduled at this time.
After you speak with a therapist and your first session is scheduled, you can expect a “Welcome Email” from our office staff. This email will alert you to all additional forms and questionnaires to complete before the evaluation. Nearly all of our forms can now be completed online for your convenience! Our forms are HIPPA compliant, meaning you can feel confident submitting information about your child knowing this information will be encrypted and safely stored.
See the information below for what you can expect upon arrival, including parking, amenities, and even a social story you can read to your child to help them know what to expect.
Emerge is located on University Drive, behind the Target at South Square. We have our own private parking lot in front of our building, so parking is never an issue!
Whether you are with us for a 30 minute session, an hour, or longer, we want you to feel comfortable! We have a spacious waiting room with multiple couches and chairs. There is a train table and small children’s library, as well as a wide variety of magazines. Emerge offers Wifi throughout the building. We also have a separate “Caregiver Library.” In the library you will find books on development, a community resource board (also see our calendar), a complimentary coffee maker, additional tables and chairs, plus two large windows that allow you to look into our sensory gym and observe your child’s session! Each treatment space has a window, making peeking in and observing your child’s session easy. A family style bathroom is available with a changing table.
Emerge’s Cary location is located off NC-55. We have a shared parking lot, with parking spaces right outside our front door. Spaces anywhere in the building’s lot are okay to park in if the spaces in front of our door are full.
Whether you are with us for a 30 minute session, an hour, or longer, we want you to feel comfortable! We have a comfortable waiting room with a small play space for children and a coffee machine for the adults. Emerge offers free Wifi. We also have a separate Parent Conference room, available for private meetings. We do have books and resources available to parents on request. We may have some community resources posted throughout the clinic but please also reference our calendar online. Observation windows are on all of the doors to our smaller spaces, as well as large observation windows looking into our gym spaces. This allows parents the perfect opportunity to watch their children learn and grow! We also have a family style bathroom with changing table.
Occupational Therapy Evaluations
The Clinical Director of Occupational Therapy will help to decide which evaluation option will be right for your child.
Lasts about two hours. Typically recommended for children ages 5 and older. Your child will be evaluated using appropriate standardized assessments and a set of clinical observations to better understand your child’s sensory processing (see listed below), motor skills and behavioral organization. Each evaluation is tailored to the specific concerns and child’s needs. Within two weeks of the evaluation, a one-hour caregiver interpretive conference is held to discuss our findings and recommendations. We strongly encourage all primary caregivers to attend the caregiver interpretive, if possible. If you choose, the conference audio can be recorded and given to you at the end of the meeting. A formal report, completed following the caregiver interpretive, is also included detailing all findings as well as recommendations for moving forward.
- Fine Motor, Visual Motor and Gross Motor skills
- Praxis/Motor planning skills
- Postural Stability
- Primary Movement Patterns/Primitive Reflexes
- Vestibular processing (clinical observations and post-rotary nystagmus)
- Proprioceptive processing (clinical observations)
- Sensory sensitivities and/or sensation seeking (clinical observations and caregiver/child interview)
- Attention, focus and behavioral organization
Full Evaluation with a School Visit
In addition to the Full Evaluation and one-hour caregiver interpretive, a one-hour school observation is also included.
Lasts about 90 minutes. Typically recommended for children under the age of 5. Clinical observations for sensory processing and/or motor concerns will be performed, and each evaluation is tailored to the specific concerns and child’s needs. Usually, a standardized assessment is administered. Within two weeks of the evaluation, a one-hour caregiver interpretive is scheduled to discuss our findings and recommendations. If you choose, the conference audio can be recorded and given to you at the end of the meeting. We strongly encourage all primary caregivers to attend the caregiver interpretive, if possible. A formal report is also included, which details all findings as well as recommendations for moving forward. The report is completed after the caregiver interpretive.
Handwriting / Fine Motor Evaluation
Lasts about 90 minutes. Typically recommended for children with specific handwriting / fine motor concerns, when there are no concerns regarding sensory processing, behavioral regulation or gross motor coordination. A standardized assessment, handwriting samples, and clinical observations impacting handwriting / fine motor performance will be performed. A formal report is included, which details all findings as well as recommendations. A caregiver interpretive conference is not included for this evaluation. If the caregivers or therapist see the need for a caregiver interpretive, it will be billed at the typical session rate.
Lasts about one hour. Screenings are designed to determine whether or not further evaluation is indicated or occasionally to assess a single isolated skill. Clinical observations and sometimes standardized testing will be used to determine functioning in areas of specific concern. A brief report is also included detailing screening findings. A caregiver interpretive conference is not included for this evaluation. If the caregivers or therapist see the need for a caregiver interpretive, it will be billed at the typical session rate.
If a more extensive evaluation is indicated, following the screening, our therapist will suggest the appropriate next steps. If an evaluation is recommended, the screening fee is applied to the cost of the evaluation.
If you are a subscriber to one of our in-network insurance plans (Tricare, Medicaid) the evaluation will be limited to 1 hour, due to coverage limitations. These evaluations will be a combination of standardized assessment and clinical observations. A caregiver interpretive meeting is not included, although the therapist may use a portion of your child’s initial session to review the evaluation results with you. A formal written report is included.
Occupational Therapy Treatment Sessions
Therapy sessions are typically scheduled at the caregiver interpretive or directly following the evaluation. Our therapists tend to have fairly full schedules, so it is advantageous to confirm your child’s therapy sessions as soon as possible. Sessions are typically scheduled once or twice weekly at a re-occuring time. We may be able to schedule back-to-back appointments if your child will receive both occupational and speech therapy. Your child’s therapist will ask for your input on therapy goals and will draft formal short-term and long-term goals with the evaluation report. Occupational therapy sessions are typically scheduled for 45 or 60-minute sessions depending on your child’s age and therapy concerns. Your child’s therapist will provide input and recommendations. Our clinic is play-based and child-centered, so you can rest assured that your child’s therapy session will be fun! We try to draw on the child’s interests and bring in materials and activities that will be motivating while achieving our therapy goals. You will often see us on the floor or engaged with children in movement activities to keep them motivated and involved in the therapy session. We welcome your continued input throughout therapy on goals and activities for your child.
Speech & Language Evaluations
Full Speech/Language Evaluation
Typically lasts between 1 ½ – 2 hours. With this evaluation, we are able to obtain a complete picture of language skills (receptive and expressive language, grammar skills, vocabulary, etc.). In addition, we assess articulation, speech fluency, and voice quality.
Lasts about an hour. We assess speech production of all the sounds of English. In addition, we look at overall intelligibility, oral-motor structure and movements, and the child’s ability to correct his/her production of any error sounds given cueing.
Lasts about an hour. Assesses overall speech fluency to determine frequency and severity of repetitions, blocks, interjections, and revisions when answering questions or participating in conversation.
Lasts about an hour. This evaluation is appropriate for children birth to about three who are referred due to possible delays in language skills (late talking, limited response to questions/directions, delayed play skills, poor interaction with others). The evaluation consists of a caregiver interview, observation of play skills, and interaction during play.
Speech & Language Treatment Sessions
We can schedule therapy sessions, if indicated, after the evaluation is completed to ensure the most flexible scheduling. We may be able to schedule back-to-back appointments if your child will receive both occupational and speech therapy. Your child’s therapist will ask for your input on therapy goals and will draft formal short-term and long-term goals with the evaluation report. Speech/language therapy sessions are scheduled for 30-, 45-, or 60-minute sessions, depending on your child’s age and speech/language concerns. Therapy is typically scheduled once or twice weekly, although it sometimes occurs with a greater or lesser frequency. Your child’s therapist will provide input and recommendations. Speech/language therapy sessions typically take place in one of our smaller therapy rooms or small gyms, depending on your child’s concerns. Caregivers are always welcome in our sessions. Direct caregiver involvement is especially important with younger children in order to facilitate effective home carryover. If you choose not to remain inside the therapy room during your child’s session, you are welcome to watch through the observation window or remain in the waiting room. After the session, your child’s therapist will provide input on your child’s performance and progress during the session, as well as on ways you can carryover therapy techniques at home. Our clinic is play-based and child-centered, so you can rest assured that your child’s therapy session will be fun! We try to draw on the child’s interests and bring in materials and activities that will be motivating while achieving our therapy goals. You will often see us on the floor or engaged with children in movement activities to keep them motivated and involved in the therapy session. We welcome your continued input throughout therapy on goals and activities for your child.