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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if my child needs Speech & Language Services?

All children develop along a predictable path of developmental milestones. If your child has not reached these milestones for their age, they may have a speech or language disorder.

They are more common than you think! Communication disorders are among the most common disabilities among children. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 11% of children ages 3-6 have some kind of communication disorder.

The best thing to do is get your child screened. Your child's pediatrician should ask you some questions during your regular check ups about their growth and communication progress. If there are any concerns, you should be referred to a specialist. However, sometimes things are missed.

As a parent, you know your child better than anyone. If you have a feeling something is wrong, it is best to get them screened or evaluated out as soon as possible. Don't wait! Children develop so quickly, that even waiting a few months could cost them valuable time that could have significant impact later. Read HERE about why early intervention is so important.

Click on links below to read more about the milestones your child should be reaching for their age (ASHA 2022):

Birth to One Year

One to Two Years

Two to Three Years

Three to Four Years

Four to Five Years

Q: What will happen at my child's Speech & Language evaluation?

A Speech-Language Pathologist will spend 1 hour with you and your child. She will ask you a series of questions, and observe and interact with your child to get an idea of how they are communicating and interacting with their envionment. She also will show your child common pictured objects, ask-age appropriate questions, and make notes about his/her speech skills.

This process will give her an idea of your child’s communication skills in expressive and receptive language, articulation, voice, fluency, and social communication. The SLP will then determine if your child is making age-appropriate progress or if therapeutic intervention is recommended. 

Q: How long will my child be in therapy?

The duration of therapy depends upon several important factors, such as the complexity of the condition, concurrent diagnoses, the frequency of therapy sessions, and parental engagement. Typically therapy entails bi-weekly appointments for a period of six months, at which time a re-assessment is performed to gauge progress and validate the continued need for therapy sessions. Keep in mind that consistency is key! We teach parents the methods we use whenever possible and highly encourage home practice, which makes a big difference in progress!

Q: What Insurance Do You Accept?

Sweet Talkers participates with most insurance plans and accepts most PPO networks; however, we recommend that you call your insurance company to verify your participation as well as your benefits. Call our office at (470) 499-1116 for more information, even if you do not see your insurance company on this list. This list will not always be complete as changes with companies occur often. The following is a list of most of the major insurance companies we are contracted with:

 

  • United Healthcare

  • UMR

  • Aetna

  • Humana

  • Medicare/Medicaid/Katie Beckett

  • PeachState

  • Amerigroup

  • CareSource

  • AmBetter

We accept all major insurances with out-of-network benefits. Please feel free to contact us, and we will reach out to your insurance company regarding your benefits.

Q: What is needed prior to scheduling my child's evaluation?

In order to insure your child's services are covered by insurance, we require the following prior to scheduling your evaluation:

  • Complete our online intake paperwork

  • Copy of most recent Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiological, Autism evaluation(s), if applicable.

  • Recent hearing screening results (if your child is under 4, you may use their newborn hearing screening)

  • Physician referral or prescription (required for Medicaid, PeachState, Caresource, Amerigroup, and all HMO insurance plans.

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