Following are the most frequently asked questions we hear. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, send us a message via email on our contact page.
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to attend a Speech Pathology practice. Simply call and make an appointment.
Depending upon the issues that need to be addressed, the first session is likely to be either an introductory consultation to allow you to consider whether Speech Pathology assessment is needed, or the first part of the assessment process. The Speech Pathologist will be able to inform you of which is most appropriate when you ring to set up an appointment.
It is helpful for you to provide any information you feel would assist us to understand the needs of your child. Any assessment reports completed by other health professionals such as Audiologists, Psychologist, etc are useful. Provision of these can save time and money, and provide for a more comprehensive assessment.
A Speech Pathology assessment is a vital part of your child’s on-going therapy and as such, will always occur early in your contact with the clinic. Several different tests are given to your child to assess their level of ability and a parent and other professionals may be asked to provide background information which may impact on their on-going treatment.
Generally an assessment is carried out before a child commences work with a Speech Pathologist. Sometimes, where therapy occurs over a number of years, several assessments may be required to assess the child’s progress, and to plan for therapy goals.
There is no average assessment process: each child presents with a unique set of needs and issues. Several different steps are involved in the process with up to two hours of paperwork being completed for every hour spent with the child completing the standard tests.
Some of the activities involved in completing an assessment include:
- Meeting with child for several sessions face to face in order to complete certain tests.
- Scoring the tests.
- Collating the results.
- Analysing the test results for patterns which may indicate areas of concern for therapy.
- Liaising with professionals who may have worked with the child prior to the Speech Pathologist.
- Liaising with teaching staff and/or student support/teacher’s aides in order to garner their opinions and concerns.
- Interpreting all the information garnered about the client.
- Creating a report based upon various stages suggested above.
- Meeting with parents and other professionals such as teachers in order to present the findings from the report and to develop a therapy plan.
There is a Medicare rebate available for some children who need to see a Speech Pathologist. You need to visit your doctor and they can assess whether your child can receive a ‘Chronic Disease Management Program’.
Private health insurance does give rebates for Speech Pathology as part of their top extras covers. The amounts and number of session covered will vary. Please see your provider for further details.