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