First, check out an article on our blog called Does My Child Need Speech Therapy? There, you will have access to a list of reliable warning signs as determined by your child’s age. We’ve also made communication screeners available, which parents of younger children can use to determine if further evaluation is warranted.
You can also schedule an in-office screening to determine if an evaluation is necessary. The cost of the screening will be deducted from the total cost of an evaluation scheduled at a later date, if deemed necessary.
There is no substitute for a formal speech and/or language evaluation performed by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. A full evaluation is always the best choice for the most accurate depiction of skills.
We are in-network with:
- Peach State
- Tricare (preferred provider)
We accept all other insurances when the plan includes out-of-network benefits. Once we receive your case history form, we will contact your commercial/private insurance carrier and provide you with a detailed report of your insurance coverage, as it specifically relates to speech therapy. This report will outline what your insurance will cover and what you will be expected to pay based on your selected plan.
We encourage you to be familiar with your plan and coverage. Read 10 Questions to Ask When Contacting Insurance About Speech Therapy Coverage.
Coverage depends on your chosen insurance plan. No two plans are the same, even when issued by the same insurance company. Many commercial and private insurance carriers often exclude developmental diagnoses (i.e. articulation disorder, developmental delay, etc). These plans most often cover services which are as a result of accident or injury (i.e. stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc.).
When insurance does not cover services needed, we are able to offer a prompt pay discount.
To ensure we are able to use our time with you efficiently, we require the following information prior to evaluation:
- Case History Form
- Upload a copy of your insurance card (front and back),
- Referral from your primary care physician (stating eval/treat speech therapy + diagnosis code + 6 month duration)
- Previous evaluations (speech-language, audiological, psychological, etc.)
Once this information is received, we will contact you to schedule your initial visit.
Clients are free to choose where and who provides the services they may require. If choosing not to pursue services at Atlanta Speech Therapy, another facility may require their own evaluation.
The length of time it takes for speech and language goals to be achieved is dependent on many factors, including severity of disorder, concomitant diagnoses, intensity of intervention and parent involvement. Therapy requires weekly appointments (usually twice per week) for three to six months at a time. At the end of that period, depending on your insurance, a re-evaluation may be required to determine progress and justify continuation of therapy.
Depending on the insurance carrier, there may be some limitations to receiving private therapy and services in school.
If your child does receive services at school and has Medicaid, the school may request to bill your insurance; you have the option to refuse. Refusing will not affect the services your child receives at school. If you choose to give your child’s school permission to bill your child’s Medicaid insurance, it will affect private services received at Atlanta Speech Therapy. In that case, Atlanta Speech Therapy will no longer be allowed to bill Medicaid. You will have the option to continue receiving services at our office by paying privately.
Additionally, private services differ from the school setting. Read School Therapy vs Private Therapy.
CCC is the abbreviation for Certificate of Clinician Competence. SLP stands for Speech-Language Pathologist. All therapists at Atlanta Speech Therapy are ASHA certified CCC-SLP.
What does it take to be certified? Find out more.
When we speak with others, we have to do many things:
- Understand what others are saying (receptive language)
- Know the right words for things (expressive language)
- Put words together into sentences (expressive language)
- Say sounds and words clearly so others can understand us (speech sounds)
Some children have trouble with their speech. Some have trouble with language. Some have trouble with both. The problem can be mild, moderate, or severe. In any case, a complete evaluation by a speech-language pathologist, or SLP, is the first step to getting help for language and speech problems. (-ASHA)
We provide services in our Alpharetta office.
All payments (co-insurance, co-payment, deductibles) are due at the time of service. We accept cash (exact change), credit, and check. A fee may be assessed for credit card charges.
If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), many of our families enjoy the use of blank checks order from the HSA/FSA account, which can be used to pay for services each week. Otherwise, HSA/FSA cards will be accepted and charged similar to credit cards.
Regular attendance is crucial to the success of therapeutic intervention, but sometimes unexpected events does happen. Our cancellation policy states 24 hours notice is required. We request that you make-up missed appointments. If you do not provide notice or make-up the missed appointment, a $50 cancellation will be assessed at your next therapy visit. Three cancellations may result in placement on the waiting list. A no call/no show will result in immediate consideration to place your services on hold.
Yes. We encourage families to be knowledgeable about the exact procedures being used to achieve their loved one’s success. We may also invite you to try a technique or two.
In the same token, if your presence results in undesired behaviors, the therapist may ask that wait in the waiting room. At the end of the session, the therapist will share activities you can do at home to continue targeting your loved ones goals.