Each child is an individual and will develop at their own pace. However, there are some ‘red flags’ that could signal communication difficulties. You should seek assistance if your child:
Parents should trust their instincts. If you are feeling uncertain please seek assistance from a speech pathologist. A wait and see approach is not advised. It is never too early!
Yes…However, we are unable to accept referrals for individuals with swallowing difficulties.
We can offer the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Program to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease who have difficulties communicating. Please give us a call if you or your loved one is interested in participating in this program so we can discuss if it is right for you.
No. A self referral is usually adequate. However, to access a Medicare rebate, a referral from a GP or relevant medical specialist will be necessary. A GP referral will also be necessary to access speech pathology services under the Department of Veterans Affairs and Workcover programs.
This is a difficult question to answer without having met your child and conducted an assessment. After an initial assessment we will be able to discuss this with you in more detail. Factors such as the type of communication difficulty, severity, age of the child, child’s motivation, and follow-up at home all contribute to how long support will be needed.
An assessment session usually takes about 60 to 90 minutes. Occasionally, additional sessions will be needed to complete the assessment. These additional sessions are charged at therapy rates. Therapy sessions are usually 45 minutes. Other options are available.
Yes. As a parent you play a vital role in developing your child’s communication skills. We need to enlist your help during and after each session to maximise your child’s gains. After each therapy session you will be given some follow up activities. We ask you to spend 10-15 minutes each day sharing these activities with your child. This should be a special time that your child really enjoys. You can be as creative as you wish! You may also be given strategies that you can incorporate into your everyday life to make your home a communication rich environment.
Yes. We can work collaboratively with educators, other allied health professionals, and medical teams. Please let us know how we can be of assistance to help achieve the best outcomes for your child.
Payment is collected on the day of your appointment via cash, EFTPOS or bank transfer. A receipt will be emailed once payment has been received. You will be able to use this receipt to claim from your private health insurance or Medicare.
Yes. Individuals who meet the eligibility for specific Medicare Allied Health Initiatives can claim a rebate from Medicare. Clients should be aware that the rebate does not cover the cost of a session and so there will be out of pocket expenses.
Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management items (previously known as the Enhanced Primary Care plan) allows eligible individuals to gain access to Medicare rebates, for complex and chronic conditions, for up to 5 allied health visits per calendar year. These 5 visits may be spread across different allied health professionals. The Medicare rebate is $52.95. Clients will need referral paperwork from their GP.
Yes, if your level of cover includes speech pathology. Please contact your private health fund to see if you are covered.
No. The Department of Veteran Affairs covers the cost of your sessions. You will need a GP or Specialist referral.