Speech therapy is something that is apart of the history of me. That’s right, a long time ago in the early nineties, I received speech therapy while I was in elementary school. At the time, I had no appreciation for being pulled out of class by some random lady to learn how to talk around or with my lisp. I distinctly remember exercises that I had to do at home which included rolling a ball of peanut butter around in my mouth to strengthen tongue muscles.
This resulted in the “peanut butter tongue” nickname my siblings so unlovingly bestowed upon me. As an adult, I can look back and appreciate what I learned in speech therapy. My lisp isn’t cured, but I am certainly a lot better of a speaker than I was at 7 or 8 years old. I’m grateful for the services rendered to me, so today I am going to share some info with you about Talk About Therapy – Speech Therapy.
What is Speech Therapy
Speech therapy is defined as “training to help people with speech and language problems to speak more clearly.” – Oxford Language Dictionary. That is definitely the short and sweet of it; but speech therapy is a bit more nuanced than that and can be a lot more complicated than just learning how to speak clearly. This is something that Talk About Therapy understands well.
Who are Talk About Therapy?
Talk About Therapy (TAB) is speech therapy in Atlanta. Nita Shah M.Ed is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Associations credentialed speech language pathologist. She is also the founder of Talk About Therapy. Dr. Shah has vast experience in the evaluation and treatment of children with Tongue Tie (Ankyloglossia) and Lip Tie (pre- and post-frenulectomy), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Feeding Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders, Apraxia, Articulation Disorders, and Pragmatic Skills. Didn’t we say at the outset that speech therapy is nuanced?
Dr. Shah’s experience is very extensive when it comes to early intervention for children from birth to age 5 who present with signs of Tongue and Lip Tie, feeding and swallowing disorders, and an array of speech and language disorders. She has worked with a myriad of medically fragile children that have or present with a wide array of complex disorders.
Dr. Shah is not the only speech pathologist at Talk About Therapy. She is joined by a team of extraordinary women: Rachel Farris M.S.P., CF-SLP Speech Language Pathologist, Leah Rhodes M.C.D., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist, Bianca Levy M.S., CF-SLP Speech Language Pathologist, and Ashley Persaud M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist. Together this collective works with a single goal in mind, the mission?
“Providing intuitive, effective and sustainable therapy to the patients and their families to improve their feeding and communication skills.”https://www.talkaboutherapy.com/
What services does TAB provide?
TAB renders a variety of speech therapies that include but are not limited to:
- Speech Therapy – this encompasses Expressive Language Disorders, Receptive Language Disorders, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), Articulation Disorders, Phonological Disorders and Social Pragmatic Disorders.
- Beckman Oral Motor Protocol – this particular method of therapy addresses identified issues such as excessive drooling, teeth grinding (Bruxism), hypersensitivity (e.g. difficulty with brushing teeth), swallowing difficulties and gagging issues.
- Feeding & Swallowing Therapy for Kids – these therapies are applied to Delayed Feeding Milestones, Picky Eaters, Food Aversion, Sensory-Based Feeding Issues and Oral Motor Disorders.
- Lip & Tongue Tied Therapy – this form of therapy is applied to babies and children who present with signs and symptoms of being lip or tongue tied.
How do I book a Session with TAB & Is it Covered by My Insurance?
You can schedule a FREE consultation with Talk About Therapy by contacting them directly on their Contact Us page. They do accept insurance and are currently in network for: Georgia Medicaid (GA Medicaid), Amerigroup, Caresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield (including all BCBS, Blue Cross, Anthem plans) and Aetna. They are actively working to become affiliated with additional network providers.
When I revisit my youth and time in speech therapy, I am grateful that someone saw a need for me to have it and filled that need. Sometimes I wish that it was something we learned about earlier. If your child seems like they might be struggling with some of the things mentioned in this article, please take that next step to get some additional insight and help. Talk About Therapy services families throughout the greater Atlanta-Metro, so if that location applies to you and you’re ready; schedule that consultation today.