QUESTIONS ABOUT SPEECH PATHOLOGY SERVICES

What is the role of a speech pathologist?

Children learn to communicate by interacting with carers, early childhood educators, and their peers. A child’s communication development is everyone’s responsibility. Speech pathologists can support children (and those who care for them) to build communication, and make sure children are developing appropriately.

A Speech Pathologist will work with you to:

  • Find out if your child is using and developing appropriate understanding and speaking
  • Create communication-supporting learning spaces
  • Help your child with a range of communication needs.

Don’t “wait and see”. If you have concerns about your child’s communication development, consult a Speech Pathologist. For more information on what a speech pathologist is, and how we can help, you can watch this video or visit Speech Pathology Australia.

What are the typical communication developmental milestones for children?
What can I expect in our initial consultation?

This initial appointment involves working with you to plan your individualised service based on a comprehensive case history and informal observations. This is an important step before assessment as it allows us to gain information vital to selecting the most appropriate assessment for your child.

Upon making an appointment, you will be sent (via email or post) a case history form which we ask that you complete prior to your initial appointment. The Speech Pathologist will then read the information provided and ask further questions to receive an accurate representation of the child's needs in a range of areas; speech sounds, comprehension (following instructions/identifying objects/items), spoken language (how many words used in a sentence, grammar, sentence structure), and play and social skills.

The speech pathologist will undertake an informal assessment of your child's overall communication skills. This will generally consist of play activities designed to look at each of the target areas. The assessment is usually a fun and enjoyable experience for children. The speech pathologist will discuss with you a plan to best support the child, and will inform you if further assessment is required.

How long will speech pathology treatment take?

The speech pathologist cannot give you a definitive answer as to how long speech pathology treatment will take.  The length of time required to reach age appropriate skill levels is largely dependent on many factors:

  • Frequency of speech pathology visits
  • Time spent on homework practice
  • Child’s behaviour towards structured play and work activities
  • Underlying communication difficulty
  • Presence of more than one area of communication difficulty (e.g. speech and language delay)
  • Presence of a delay or disorder

The speech pathologist can give you an indication of what specifically needs to be worked on. Once all goals are completed, reassessment may indicate that your child can cease attending therapy for a certain period of time. In other words, speech therapy will last as long as it takes to help your child reach age-appropriate skills.

For more information please see www.jwspeechpathology.com.au

What are the fees?

INITIAL CONSULTATION: This initial appointment involves working with you to plan your individualised service based on a comprehensive case history and informal observations. This is an important step before assessment as it allows us to gain information vital to selecting the most appropriate assessment for your child.

Fee (onsite): $150

Duration: 45 Minutes

SPEECH / LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT SESSION: If required, the need for assessment will be discussed at the initial appointment. This session will involve comprehensive assessment and will be followed by a detailed report. We allow up to an hour for assessment sessions.

Fee (onsite): $250

Duration: up to 60 Minutes (Includes detailed report)

THERAPY CONSULTATIONS: The frequency and duration of sessions will be discussed with your therapist and will be dependent on the needs of your child.

Session Duration:     Fee (onsite):

30 minutes                 $90

45 minutes                 $130

60 minutes                 $170

AUTISM ASSESSMENT – REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 2 HOURLY APPOINTMENTS

Fee (onsite): $170 per consultation

Duration: 60 minutes (report not included)

Report: $250

TRAVEL

Mobile services are charged at $25 per 10 minutes of travel (roundtrip)

REPORT WRITING

Brief letters and summaries: $50

Detailed letters and summaries: $100 (not including Autism Reports)

Autism reports: $250

Are rebates available? 

PRIVATE HEALTH: Rebates may apply if you have private health insurance. The amount of rebate will depend on your level of cover. It is advisable that you check with your health insurer that you are covered for speech pathology services prior to making an appointment. For your information, the private health billing codes for speech therapy are listed:

Initial speech therapy: Billing Code 320

Ongoing speech therapy: Billing Code 340

MEDICARE: A Medicare rebate may be available if your child has a Chronic Medical Condition. A GP referral is required. This rebate is partial and can be claimed for up to 5 visits per calendar year.

Are you an NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provider?

Yes, funding options are as follows:

1 Hour: $179.26

45 Minutes: $134.44

30 Minutes: $89.63

*NDIS travel fees are charged according to the current NDIS rate. Contact the clinic for more information.