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