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When should I see a Speech Pathologist?
If you have any concerns about your child's speaking, understanding, social skills, stuttering, speech clarity or literacy.
Other risk factors many also imply the need for speech pathology such as:
Difficulty making friends
Difficulty following instructions
Difficulty expressing needs & ideas.
Frustration & behavioural difficulties.
Late- talker (relative to milestones)
Difficulties with eye contact or response to name
Stuttering for any length of time
Reading by guessing based on the picture, guessing based on visually similar work. eg "has" read as "had" or difficulties sounding out.
Any concerns around overall development
Do I need a referral to see a Speech Pathologist?
No, you do not need a referral to see a speech pathologist.
What is involved in the initial assessment?
- A case history form completed by parental guardian or carer which asks questions about your child's early development and medical history.
- A combination of standardised informal and formal assessments (eg. observations, language samples). This helps identify your child's strengths and areas requiring support.
- A thorough written report will be provided with results, recommendations & general strategies within 3-4 weeks after your initial assessment.
How long are the therapy sessions?
- An initial assessment for school aged children will take 1.5 hour.
- An initial assessment for preschool aged children will take 1 hour.
- Ongoing speech therapy sessions 30 minutes.
- Lidcombe therapy sessions for stuttering are 45 minutes.
What does therapy look like?
Therapy sessions are 30 mins. This typically involves a debrief of how homework activities went, intensive practice to review progression of goals and a final discussion of today's progress update and setting of new homework activities for the week.
Will I be involved in my child's therapy?
Absolutely! We will support you and provide you with activities to practice at home with your child. Home practice allows faster progression and allows you to support your child across a number of environments.
What funding options do you accept?
There a number of options available:
HICAPS. If you have private health insurance we have HICAPS machine onsite to provide a rebate.
Self-managed NDIS. We are not NDIS registered, however we are able to see patients who are self-managed.
Medicare - If you have an Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC) from your doctor, you may be eligible for rebate for your appointment. We are able to process this rebate for you at the clinic. The rebate covers part of the session and there is still an out of pocket gap. We do not bulk bill. Please refer to your GP for more information.
Cash payments (however electronic payments are preferred).