About the Practice

Hello and thank you for your interest in WORDS ARE WINGS®. The primary referral source is satisfied clients so I appreciate you taking the time to learn about what I do.
 

WORDS ARE WINGS® offers private 1:1 and group speech-language therapy and improvement services entered into voluntarily by both the client and the clinician. As such, either the client or the clinician may discontinue services at any time.

 

All services are presently being conducted online due to COVID-19; highspeed internet and a webcam are required.

HEALTH INSURANCE:

WORDS ARE WINGS® does not presently accept insurance. Per my own experience working at hospitals or facilities that accepted various insurance plans, within the discipline/profession of speech-language pathology it was often the plan and not the client that determined variables such as:
 

  • Whether the clinician can treat a particular speech-language delay or disorder, and/or whether it’s of a non-clinical origin or nature (which means the insurance might not pay for therapy).
     

  • What particular aspects of a speech-language delay or disorder the clinician can address in therapy.
     

  • How many therapy sessions the insurance will cover (regardless of whether or not the problem has been successfully addressed by that time).
     

  • Whether the clinician can work with the client only vs. also being able to work with a client’s parents, spouse, primary caregiver(s), coworker(s) or boss (as all of these people are the “speech models” the client sees and hears on a daily or regular basis).
     

  • Other variables that ultimately take the decision-making out the clinician’s hands regarding the ability to formulate an all-encompassing plan to functionally address the presenting speech-language challenge(s) long term.

As health insurance is presently not accepted, the following are offered to every WORDS ARE WINGS® client:

  • A free, two-hour consultation to discuss your speaking concerns in detail and answer all of your questions to help you determine whether we’re a good fit (as client and clinician, respectively).
     

  • Mini “check-in” appointments (conducted by phone or video call; 10 – 15 mins) in-between paid therapy sessions to ensure you’re practicing correctly and address any practice-related questions. This is included in the cost of recurring therapy regardless of frequency, e.g., whether twice a week or once a month.
     

  • I work directly with each client 100% of the time; there are no assistants, graduate students or interns as you’re paying for my experience and my time which come from both sides of the therapy table: clinician and client (professionally licensed speech-language pathologist and lifelong stutterer now fluent and bilingual).
     

  • Parent and/or primary caregiver inclusion in all pediatric and teenage therapy regimens; participation is subsequently mandatory for each session.
     

  • Practice regimens that fit into the temporal and school or professional requirements of each client (and their families).
     

  • Communication with a client’s boss, teacher, pediatrician, etc. as appropriate and agreed-upon by all parties beforehand (e.g., evaluation results, therapy progress, what a client is working on in a workplace or classroom, what others may see or hear the client doing in order to target their respective speech-language goals, etc.)

PRICING & PAYMENT

Payment is expected immediately upon completion of an evaluation, therapy session, consultation or reception of a communication board in the form of credit card, personal check or cash. If payment is not rendered services will be suspended until payment has been made.

Formal Evaluation: $300.00 (includes administration of one or more standardized assessments, assessment administration time, data collection time, writing time, a full review of each section of the evaluation with the client or parent(s), answering all related questions, discussing results with a client’s pediatrician, teacher, boss, etc. as appropriate).

Informal Evaluation: $175.00 (includes data collection time, writing time, a full review of each section of the evaluation with the client or parent(s), answering all related questions, discussion results with a client’s pediatrician, teacher, boss, etc. as appropriate).

Therapy Sessions:  30 minutes = $50.00
                                60 minutes = $90.00

Consultation: $75.00 (60 minutes; new client consultations are free of charge as noted)

Multilingual communication Boards:  1 board = $40.00
                                                               2 boards = $70.00
                                                               3 boards = $90.00

To arrange a free consultation or ask any pressing questions contact me today.

All services are presently being conducted online due to COVID-19; highspeed internet is required.

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About the Clinician

I started to stutter shortly after turning four.  Although some children experience a “developmental stage” of stuttering that includes a dissipation anywhere from several months to several years after onset, my stuttering became so severe so quickly that within several months I was literally stuttering on every word. I would remain in this prison for almost 25 years (add underlined text sans underline).


The impact of severely profound stuttering was absolutely devastating as I learned first-handedly how quality of life can be shattered when the ability to produce fluent, verbal speech (a.k.a. my wants and needs, thoughts, feelings, and emotions) became compromised.  I lost over a quarter century of my life due to severely, profound stuttering, and by “my life” I absolutely mean “quality of life.”  It is precisely that – quality of life – I try to help clients regain, and better, through speaking well (which is important as mainstream society spares no time or expense in telling America to laugh when there’s a detected speech or language difficulty).

 

With acknowledgement and respect to stutterers who choose to stutter openly, in my experience both as a lifelong stutterer and as a speech professional who works with stutterers, mainstream society spares no time or expense in telling America to laugh in the presence of a speech or language difficulty. Before such a sentiment is dismissed, consider some of the following examples:

 

Jackie Gleason’s “Humena-Humena-Humena” from The Honeymooners in the 1950s told people it was okay to laugh at stuttering.  In the 1980s, A Fish Called Wanda made no attempt at subtly whatsoever as Michael Palin’s character who stuttered was, literally, mocked mercilessly by Kevin Kline’s character throughout the entire film.  In The Princess Bride, the /r/ sound was replaced with a /w/ during the marriage, or more specifically, “mawwiage” scene (“…as mawwiage and wove, twue wove, aw what bwing us togetha today”) and audiences cracked up in hysterics (and still do).  In the 1990s, My Cousin Vinny, The Fifth Element, and The Waterboy were just some of the more popular

movies that told millions of people to laugh at stuttering, with the latter deplorably – and inaccurately – connecting stuttering and stupidity (and re: the second example no one remembers stuttering was mocked mercilessly in My Cousin Vinny via the portrayal of the first attorney before Vinny was hired; all people remember are Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci’s portrayals which, however memorable, told audiences to laugh via grossly stereotypical vocal/dialectal depictions). Throughout his career at ESPN until his untimely passing in 2015 the Sportscenter anchor Stuart Scott told millions of viewers,
if an athlete’s first name was “Mookie,” “M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M Mookie!” made an outstanding play if/when it occurred (Mr. Scott also always asked the catchphrase, “Wh-Wh-Wh-Wha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Happened?” during error or blooper-filled moments for the sole purpose of eliciting laughter).

 

Even Sesame Street, for all of its educational and socialization brilliance, has been telling generations to laugh at speaking difficulties (language and voice difficulties to be specific); for example, Cookie Monster uses “me” instead of “I” (“Me want cookie!”), he omits grammatical markers such as articles (a, the), his overall speaking voice is loud in volume, and he speaks with a gruff tone and booming bass pitch – all to make children laugh.

 

And throughout it all, the gold standard, Porky Pig from Looney Tunes has been telling countless generations to, well…you get the idea.

America is a country that teaches people of all ages to laugh at speech, language and voice difficulties or differences without pause or hesitation.  Yes, it may not all be malicious in original intent, but original intent can and often does change over time – as evidenced by the above, for starters – with results that have bellowed loudly and clearly for generations: laughter (for whatever reason).

 

It is within this context that I try to bring experience and knowledge from both sides of the treatment table (clinician and client) to help my clients improve their verbal speaking and communication to their satisfaction.

 

Any concern is important, and every question is important; let’s set-up a free consultation to talk things over and get you started on the road to speech-language fluency today.

To arrange a free consultation or ask any pressing questions contact me today.

 

All services are presently being conducted online due to COVID-19; highspeed internet and a webcam are required.

 

Thank you,
Andrew Miceli, M.A., CCC-SLP
WORDS ARE WINGS®

 

EVERY QUESTION IS IMPORTANT, EVERY CONCERN IS IMPORTANT

Please reach out via any of the following to set-up a free consultation available in all time zones (please note all consultations and therapies are presently conducted online due to Covid-19)

Office Phone: (520)-812-9256 (voice mail)

Tucson Mobile: (917)-887-4716 (voice mail or text)

Email: micelispeech@gmail.com

Skype: andrew.miceli

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-miceli

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Office: (520) 812-9256

Mobile: (917) 887-4716

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