Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

The need for speech therapy depends on many factors. Speech and language problems are not uncommon in children. Kids progress and develop at different rates. Because of this, it may be easy for a parent or pediatrician to overlook atypical communication development and the need for speech therapy. Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) are specialists in this area and we use many tools to determine the need for therapeutic intervention. … Read More

Everyday Games to Improve Your Child’s Learning

Family game night can be an opportunity for you to help your child fine tune a specific area of learning or even develop functional skills. As we all know, childrens’ brains are like sponges and are ready to absorb whatever they come in contact with. Let’s make those opportunities fun and also meaningful. Not to mention, game nights can be used as a tool to start a tradition … Read More

10 Repetitive Children’s Storybooks You Should Own

All books are excellent tools for encouraging language development. Predictable and repetitive children’s books are great for children with language disorders, especially those who have childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). The repetitive nature of these books reduces the “cognitive load,” allowing the child to focus on comprehension (language) and production (articulation) of the content. Books provide new vocabulary in context, provide visuals to help aid in comprehension, … Read More

10 Tips for Reading with Your Child

Reading with your child is a brain building activity and should undoubtedly become routine in your child’s life. At just a few months of age, a child can listen to your voice as you point to pictures on a page and be engaged; this is what reading looks like for very young children and is especially important until they make the switch from learning to read … Read More

How to Apply for Katie Beckett Medicaid Deeming Waiver in Georgia

The Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver in Georgia permits the state to ignore the family’s income for certain children, who are considered disabled. It provides benefits to children, 18 years of age and younger, qualify as disabled individuals under the Social Security Act (§1614), and live at home rather than an institution. These children must meet specific criteria to be covered. Qualification is not based on medical diagnosis, … Read More

10 Questions to Ask When Contacting Your Insurance Company About Speech-Language Therapy

Speech therapy is often stated as a covered benefit by most insurances, though coverage is actually highly dependent on the member’s specific plan. This coverage is often dictated by what the employer has specified. This means two people can have Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, but if those plans are purchased through different employers, coverage of speech therapy diagnoses will often vary. Assessment Coverage The first step … Read More

What You Should Know Before Selecting Your Georgia Medicaid Insurance

“Do you accept [insert CMO here]?” This is often the first thing that is asked by an exhausted parent when seeking therapy services for their child. Why are they exhausted? Because they’ve been relentlessly searching for a therapist who will accept the type of Medicaid insurance their child is covered by. It’s not an easy task to find a CMO which is widely accepted by rehab centers and … Read More

9 Teacher-Recommended Educational Websites

Parent of a home-schooled child? Seeking supplemental educational activities? Here are 9 educational websites recommend by educator friends of Atlanta Speech Therapy. A few of these sites are completely free and others have sections which are accessible without a subscription. ABCya! Abcya.com is a teacher-created website which provides fun and educational games and apps for kids to use under the guidance of their parents and teachers.  The … Read More

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month — Identify the Signs

A new, nationwide effort to educate the public about communication disorders was recently launched by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)—a professional association of which I am a member. Called Identify the Signs, this campaign specifically aims to help people recognize the early warning signs of communication disorders. This topic couldn’t be timelier—or more important. An estimated 40 million Americans have trouble speaking or hearing due to … Read More

Georgia’s Autism Law: An Explanation of the Benefits Ava’s Law Provides for Georgia’s Children

Ava’s Law, named for Ava Bullard of Lyons, GA, whose early autism treatment helped to restore her speech, kept close watch as Governor Nathan Deal signed Georgia’s Autism bill into law on April 29th 2015.  COMPLETE OUR COMMUNICATION SCREENER AND RECEIVE IMMEDIATE RESULTS! What Does this bill mean for Georgia Families? Here’s how we interpret Georgia Constitution House Bill 429 (aka Ava’s Law) for meaningful autism … Read More

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