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

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

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! 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

18 Communicative Temptations to Engage Your Child in their Natural Environment

When trying to help your child to actively participate in communication, there has to be a need, an opportunity, and a reward for his or her efforts. Communicative Temptations are a way to make sure that these three things happen. One of the most important things that we can do to assist in a child’s development of communication, is to not anticipate his or her needs/wants. … Read More

Pros & Cons: The Breakdown of Early Intervention Services Through Babies Can’t Wait

Concluding that your child may be struggling in ways his or her peers may not is a tough moment for most parents. Deciding what to do next is even tougher and frankly could be overwhelming. Early intervention should always be at the forefront, but who and when you enlist them to provide those services makes a difference. States recognize the need to assist parents in navigating … Read More