Alicia Kokemor Rossow has practiced speech therapy for over two decades in a variety of contexts. She began by working in public schools before moving to private medical practices. Now, she owns her own practice, Advanced Pediatric Therapy, which offers a sliding scale model for low income and working class families. Alicia Kokemor Rossow believes providing accessible and affordable speech therapy is vital for family success. In fact, Alicia Kokemor Rossow believes it is her duty as a local business owner to give back to the community.
One of the main reasons Alicia Kokemor Rossow’s Advanced Pediatric Therapy employs a sliding scale model is because she believes every child has the right to quality services. There are many vital services available for basic healthcare for families that have limited resources, but often there are caveats and requirements for families to gain access to these resources. Additionally, Alicia Kokemor Rossow notes only the most basic care is provided in the charities because they try to reach as many people as possible.
Speech therapy is not often considered necessary to include as a part of basic healthcare, but Alicia Kokemor Rossow does not think this means lower income and working class families should not have access to these services. A sliding scale model means that the fees for services are determined by income bracket. Families who earn more and can afford to pay more will pay a higher fee than those who have limited resources and can only afford to pay very little.