Frequently Asked Questions
What are the warning signs of a communication disorder?
Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)
Does not babble (4-7 months)
Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12 months)
Does not understand what others say (7 months-2 years)
Says only a few words (12-18 months)
Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years)
Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years)
Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 years)
Has trouble with early reading and writing skills* (2.5-3 years)
Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1-2 years)
Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (2-3 years)
Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2-3 years)
Repeats first sounds of words—“b-b-b-ball” for “ball”
Speech breaks while trying to say a word—“—–boy” for “boy”
Stretches sounds out—“ffffff-farm” for “farm”
Shows frustration when trying to get words out
A qualified therapist will be able to evaluate your child and determine if your child is delayed in areas of: speech, language, play, and develop an appropriate treatment model for your child.
Refer to the Developmental Milestones page for more information.
What types of payments do you accept?
We are an in-network provider for United Healthcare, Optum Health, Aetna, Coventry, Peach State, CareSource, Ambetter, Amerigroup, and Georgia Medicaid/Peachcare for Kids. We are an out of network provider for Tricare East. Co payments are due at the time of service if included in your insurance plan. If Helping Hands Speech & Language Services is not an in-network provider for your insurance plan or fees exceed your plan amount and it is acceptable, then you are billed directly at the time of service and you are responsible for all charges before services are rendered. We accept credit, debit, HSA/FAS cards, and cash before services are rendered.
Is speech therapy covered by my insurance provider?
Before services are rendered please check with your insurance provider to ensure that speech and language services are covered by your insurance provider. If services are not covered by the insurance provider fees will be paid out of pocket by the responsible party. See Service Fees page for guidance.
Where are services rendered?
Services are provided in the child's home, daycare, headstart program, preschool, and via teletherapy.
How long are therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions are 30 minutes long.
Do you treat swallowing or feeding disorders?
Currently, we do not specialize in swallowing or feeding disorders.
Do you provide ABA therapy, physical therapy, or occupational therapy?
Not at this time.
Can services begin without submitting all required intake forms?
No, all intake forms must be completed and submitted to Helping Hands Speech & Language Services before services are rendered.