Speech pathologists assess and treat people who have communication difficulties – in their speech, writing, reading, signs, symbols and gestures, as well as any issues with fluency and swallowing. They also treat defects, disorders and malfunctions of speech and voice, including stuttering, lisping, language disturbances or delayed language acquisition in children. Formerly, this profession was called speech therapy.
You’re probably thinking a speech pathologist only helps people who stutter or lisp. While that’s true, their scope of practice is far broader. Speech pathologists can help with:
Our speech pathologist specialises in working with children. If you’re looking for an adult speech pathologist, we can refer you to someone who can help.
We focus on providing personal, quality care for your child – that combines comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services with an understanding of the functional and emotional issues attached to the challenge.
The Speech Pathologists at Tyack Health provide assessment and individualised therapy to children in relation to:
Additional services that are available include:
Alanna studied speech pathology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She has worked across health, education, community and private clinics, but particularly enjoys supporting children to achieve goals that are important to them and their families.
Children who overcome speech issues grow in both confidence and self-esteem. Therefore, we take time in our assessments and treatments.
The first appointment for your child will be a 1 hour assessment session. During this time, the therapist will take the opportunity to begin building rapport with your child, discuss the main concerns you have regarding your child’s communication skills and begin assessing their communication abilities.
The length of time it will take to complete an assessment will depend on your child’s age and individual needs. Follow-on assessment sessions may be required, however this will be discussed with you at the first appointment.
At the completion of assessment, feedback will be provided and you will have an opportunity to discuss the assessment outcomes. Together, an intervention plan will be made for your child, if required. This may need to occur in a follow-up session and, in some cases, might require an appointment without your child present.
A written report can be provided outlining your child’s assessment results, recommendations and action plan. This is particularly relevant if your child has been referred to speech pathology by kindy or school staff.
How much therapy, how often it is needed and where it should be provided varies with each individual. The recommended options will be discussed with you and, from this, you can decide the best step forward for your child and family.
More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
As a parent, you know how challenging it can be for your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder to interact meaningfully with others and connect with the world around him/her.
The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 7 and under on the autism spectrum. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.
More Than Words does this by empowering you to help your child reach the following three goals:
Here are some of the valuable things you’ll learn when you attend the More Than Words Program:
The More Than Words parent program includes:
Call Reception for further information on 07 3249 5333
Tuesday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Initial Assessment Session – 60 mins $220
Follow on Assessment Session – 45 mins $120
Therapy/Feedback Sessions – 45 mins $120
(Please note that brief appointments can be made at the discretion of the Practitioner, a reduced fee may apply.)
Private Health Fund Rebates available
Medicare rebate available for Chronic Disease Management (CDM)
An administration fee of $10 per consultation, $10 per group session will be charged to cover the additional administration requirements of Fahcsia funding.
Early intervention assistance funding
The early intervention funding under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start Initiative packages are aimed at providing increased access to early intervention for children aged zero to six with an ASD or Downs Syndrome, Fragile X, Cerebral Palsy and Hearing or Visual Impairments. The funding supports the delivery of multidisciplinary evidence based early intervention to facilitate improved cognitive, emotional and social development prior to a child starting school.
To be eligible for the early intervention funding package a child must have received a diagnosis, and have been seen by an Autism or Better Start Advisor and deemed eligible to access the program prior to their sixth birthday. The $12,000 in funding under the early intervention component can be used until the child's seventh birthday to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year.
Funding for these services is accessed via FaHCSIA.
Medicare rebates can be accessed by children under 15 years with the same medical conditions as above, as long they received a diagnosis prior to 13 years of age.
A referral under this plan can either be for assistance with the diagnosis process (up to 4 sessions), or for treatment after receiving diagnosis (up to 20 sessions). Note that these sessions cannot be renewed annually, and can be used for other allied health services as well as OT (with the total number of services not exceeding 4 and/or 20). The sessions are available for children with Autism or a Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).
Medicare Autism Rebates
Who can refer
Either an eligible consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist.
Your therapist will report to your doctor after the initial consultation and at the end of each block of treatment.
On funding for children with autism:
On funding for children eligible under Better Start:
We understand that life is unpredictable and you may not always be able to make your scheduled appointment. If you can’t make an appointment please contact our reception at least 24 hours prior to cancel or arrange for another time.
Missed appointments and appointments cancelled without 24 hours notice may be charged a full consultation fee.