Assessment, Therapy, In Services and Workshops.
An assessment provides us with information about your child’s individual strengths and any areas of difficulty they may be experiencing with communication. This is a very important first step in the process of helping your child. We use a range of up to date assessment tools and are thorough in assessing your child’s communication (speech, language, literacy, pragmatics), taking the whole child into consideration when considering their results and making recommendations.
Any areas of challenge identified in the assessment are targeted in regular speech therapy sessions. Those sessions may be based in the clinic, home, preschool or school. Our Speech Pathologists maintain regular contact with each child’s parents and also with their teachers (with parental consent). We are committed to Evidence Based Practice and therefore we will only use strategies in therapy that are firmly based in scientific evidence.
School Readiness Intensive
Is your child due to start Kindergarten in 2020? In January, 2020, we will be running our “School Readiness” intensive workshops of 1 hour per day, from 20th to 23rd January. These groups are small (approx. 4 children) working together in a fun way to prepare for kindergarten. The groups will practice phonics for learning to read/write, friendship building and problem solving. Places limited so call us to book or email us via our contact form. Fee $300 per child, for 4 x 1 hour group session.
School Readiness – Weekly Groups
These groups are for children due to start school in 2021. Again, these groups are small (approx. 4 children) working together to practice key skills for learning to read/write (phonics), friendship building, social skills and problem solving. Places are limited so call us to book or email us via our contact form.
Workshops and In-services.
Our Speech Pathologists are available to provide in-services and workshops about all aspects of communication and how it interacts with learning and development, e.g.social skills, early intervention, school readiness.
We work with children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulty with;
- Speech sounds (e.g. lisps, unclear speech)
- Putting words together to communicate
- Understanding others
- Following instructions
- Language development (e.g late talking)
- Speech fluency (stuttering)
- Voice care
- Reading, writing and spelling (language in print)
- Reading comprehension
- Accessing/understanding the school curriculum
- Social communication and challenges with pragmatics
- Exams – we assist with applications for special provisions in exams, such as for the HSC.
What to expect?
We start with an assessment. A thorough assessment yields information about your child’s individual communication strengths and weaknesses, from which an appropriate therapy plan is devised. The results of the assessment are documented in a full and comprehensive report for you to keep and share with his/her teachers or other professionals involved in their care. We will also book in a feedback session with you to discuss the results and plan therapy.
The therapy plan is formulated in collaboration with each child’s parents / caregivers.
Regular, consistent therapy plus home practice of therapy target areas is the most effective way to bring about success.
Note: Fees apply to all services provided.
Funding, Medicare and Private Health Funds
A GP referral is not required to access Speech Pathology services, so please feel free to call us to book in on 0499 150 333.
Medicare: Our Speech Pathologists are registered with Medicare and you may be able to access rebates under the Chronic Disease Management Plan if provided by your GP. The current rebate per session is $53.80. Your GP will be able to tell you if your child is eligible for this rebate.
Private Health: Most health funds provide rebates for Speech Pathology so check with your health fund to confirm your level of coverage.
NDIS: All NDIS participants (including 0-6 year old children) have the choice to have their funds managed by the NDIA, Plan Managed or Self Managed. We are delighted to currently work with many children whose plans are Self-Managed or Plan Managed.
See the NDIS Website for more details https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/creating-your-plan/ways-manage-your-funding