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Speech Pathology

dsc_0301-jpg-opt376x462o00s376x462Speech Pathology assessments and therapy services are available for toddlers, children and adolescents who require assistance in any of the following areas:

  • Speech delay and developmental speech difficulties
  • Language delay and disorder
  • Acquired Language Disorders (i.e. neurological)
  • Stuttering
  • Voice
  • Literacy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Fussy feeders or those having difficulty with developmental feeding transitions

“Music and Communication” groups are provided for those children who are ‘late’ talkers, or would benefit from a group approach to build vocabulary, language and listening skills.

Occupational Therapy

otOccupational Therapy assessments and therapy services are available for toddlers, children and adolescents who require support in the following areas:

  • Fine motor skills (e.g. pencil grasp, strength)
  • Gross motor skills (e.g. coordination, strength, balance)
  • Social skills and play skills
  • Attention and concentration
  • Daily living skills (e.g. toileting, dressing, sleep)
  • Feeding (e.g. fussy eaters)
  • Handwriting

Session lengths for Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy are generally as follows:

Initial Consultation

The initial consultation allows the clinician to gain background information about the child and to screen the child’s current speech and language skills, developmental skills and/or feeding skills. Information is gathered by discussing the child’s birth, developmental and medical history, as well as the parents’ observations of the child’s skills. How the clinician screens the child’s current abilities depends on the child’s age. For younger children this may involve observing the child playing with his/her parent. For older children the clinician may administer formal screening tests.

Initial Feeding/Swallowing Consultation – approx. 90mins   (case history and observation of feeding)

Initial Speech/Language or Occupational Therapy Consultation – approx. 60 mins

Initial  Assessment

The clinician will inform you if a more comprehensive assessment is required following the initial consultation, and how many sessions this will entail and the cost. The number of assessment sessions required will vary depending on the child’s age and the type of communication difficulty or developmental need.

Initial Speech/Language Assessment or Occupational Therapy Assessment – approx. 60 mins

Treatment Sessions

Speech/Language & Occupational Therapy Treatment Session duration is discussed with client and/or family and is dependent on the client’s needs following assessment. 

Treatment sessions are generally 45-60 mins

Reports

dsc_1285Regular verbal progress reports, general communication with referrers and brief written guidelines for home practise are all part of the quality service we provide, and as such no additional fees are charged.

Initial assessment results involving standardised testing will be presented in a summarised format, again at no additional cost.

Formal assessment and progress reports will be charged for, and are capped at the cost of a one hour session (with the exception of medico-legal reports which may take several hours to complete and will be billed at an hourly rate). The writing of health care plans is also capped at the cost of a one hour session.

Speech Pathology Assistant Sessions – Incorporating Live Music

Music is a motivating way to engage your child.  Neuroscience research shows that music stimulates and enhances language development while engaging the whole brain.  Speech Pathology Assistant Sessions focus on goals set by the Speech Pathologist following assessment, and provide a rewarding and fun program utilising live music.

Music and Speech Language Session with assistant – 30 mins

10 Weekly Sessions for 30 mins    

Counselling

dsc_0018Professional counselling enables clients to tell their stories in a safe, caring, and confidential space, which centres on an ethos of respect for clients and their values. Managing a child’s additional needs amongst life’s inevitable ups and downs often presents unique challenges. Being able to talk this through and process the emotions involved can ensure progress continues as smoothly as possible. In addition to being available as a support to those families attending for Speech Pathology, our ‘Relate’ Counsellor offers individual sessions for clients of all ages. Our Counsellor’s particular interests lie in the theory and application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy.

Relate Therapy Groups

Music and Communication Groups (incorporating Speech & Language)

For ages 2-5. Parent attendance is required.

Vocabulary, listening skills and language concepts are taught through a range of group activities including stories, games and songs incorporating live piano music.  There is a focus on parental involvement, and development of the communicative relationship between parent and child.  Parent education and support will provided and is considered an important part of each weekly session.

8 week program*, 60 mins per session.  Includes Therapy Pack and CD                  

*Attendance at Music and Communication group is dependent upon initial individual assessment with the Relate Speech Pathologist. Children are grouped according to similar goals.

Food School*

story-corner-2Group therapy (4 children per group) for ‘fussy feeders’ using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding.  Parental education sessions are provided concurrently to support the goals of therapy program at home.

6 week program, 90 mins per session

*Attendance at Food School is dependent upon initial individual assessment of feeding therapy needs with the Relate Speech Pathologist.

“What’s the Buzz?” Social Skills Enrichment Program

Designed to explicitly teach children how to think and relate to others in social situations, “What’s the Buzz?” is a lively, highly practical role-play and play-based programme targeting everyday themes: how to greet, make and keep friends, fit in, read one’s own emotions, read the feelings of others, deal with competition and cope with worry, frustration and disappointment more constructively.  Based on an extensive body of research, “What’s the Buzz?” is believed to stimulate social thinking and accomplish powerful outcomes.