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Services

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology assessments and therapy services are available for toddlers, children, adolescents and adults who require assistance in any of the following areas:

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

“Music and Communication” Social Skills groups are provided for children who would benefit from a group approach to building social vocabulary, language and conversational skills.

Occupational Therapy

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)
  • Sensory Processing
  • Social skills and play skills
  • Attention and concentration
  • Developing independence with activities of daily living (e.g.toileting,dressing,sleep)
  • Feeding (e.g. fussy eaters)
  • Handwriting

Session Length

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 client and to screen their 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, or by talking to the older client themselves about their goals. How the clinician screens the client’s current abilities is dependent on age, therapy goals and needs. For younger children this may involve observing the child playing with his/her parent. For older children and adults the clinician may observe information interactions during conversation or board game playing, or 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 client’s age and the type of communication difficulty or developmental need.

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

Counselling

Professional 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

Social Skills Programs

At Relate we offer a range of flexible group programs tailored to meet the needs of the individuals involved. Group sessions range from pairs to 6 members, and often utilise live music to reinforce the social concepts taught in a fun and engaging way. Our Music Director composes unique music targeting the goals of the group, and group members are encouraged to play an active role in this.

Individual therapy assessment sessions are a prerequisite to attending group programs as our goal is to understand and meet the needs of each individual in attendance.

Feeding Therapy Groups (Food School)

Group therapy (4 children per group) is offered for ‘fussy feeders’ using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding. Parental education sessions are provided at each session 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.

Reports

Regular verbal progress reports, general communication with referrers and brief written guidelines for home practice 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.