Some Questions & Answers
“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.” – Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)
The initial appointment involves meeting with your therapist to complete a comprehensive case history, this is a vital step before administering any assessments as it allows the therapist insight into selecting appropriate assessments for the child.
During the initial consultation the speech pathologist will conduct an informal assessment of the child’s communication skills generally involving a range of play activities and will also discuss whether further assessments need to be administered as well as discussing goals to create a personalised approach to therapy.
If the person who is seeing the speech pathologist is referred under a government program (e.g. Chronic Disease Management) they may be eligible to claim, via the MyGov portal.