That is awesome, Amy! I haven't heard of many instances where insurance will pay for speech/language therapy.
As for as the difference between speech and language, speech is the motor act, and language is the code. Speech is planning and positioning the tongue, lips, etc. and moving the breath. You can have speech without language. Language is grammar, snytax, the length and complexity of sentences, ability to tell a story, etc.
You mentioned that you have to repeat yourself sometimes before your son will do what you ask. There may be a receptive language delay. You might think he understands what you're saying, but he may be relying heavily on your nonverbal cues such as gestures and facial expressons.
Sounds like you've got lots of resources available to you. Oh, one thing. Therapy for a child this age should look like they're playing. I had a neighbor once ask me if I could do artic. therapy for her son because she was paying a private therapist, and all they did was "play games and eat candy". That's what it's supposed to be for a child. There's a lot of planning and strategy that goes into that game though, if the therapist is doing her job. Make sure you know what the goals (objectives) are for your son's therapy so you know if he's making progress.
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