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Speech Pathology

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What is it?

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.

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How does it work, to heal you?

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:

  • Speech delays and disorders including articulation and motor speech disorders
  • Language delays and disorders, including expression and comprehension in oral and non-verbal contexts
  • Fluency disorders, including stuttering
  • Voice and resonance disorders
  • Swallowing and feeding disorders in children and infants
  • Cognitive-communicative disorders including social communication skills, reasoning, and problem solving functions
  • Pre-literacy and literacy skills including phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing
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Why are we different?

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.

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While you're with us, you'll enjoy:


  • Caring, compassionate, experienced Speech Therapist
  • Friendly, warm and helpful receptionists
  • Minimal waiting times
  • Individualised holistic care
  • FaHCSIA funding approved clinic
  • Instant Private Health fund claiming
  • Paediatric team to assist with broader issues
 
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Speech pathology services available:


The Speech Pathologists at Tyack Health provide assessment and individualised therapy to children in relation to:

  • Speech sounds
    e.g. sound errors (e.g. 'tar' for 'car'), difficulty making mouth movements or sequences required for speech
  • Receptive language
    e.g. difficulty learning concepts, following directions, understanding questions
  • Expressive language
    e.g. limited vocabulary, poor grammar, word finding problems, use short simple sentences
  • Social skills
    e.g. difficulty with conversations, making friends, misunderstand facial expressions, use humour incorrectly, too passive when resolving conflict
  • Fluency
    e.g. repetition of sounds, syllables words or phrases (e.g. 'rrrrrrabbit,' 'I, I, I, I want to ...'), blocks (i.e. 'get stuck' and can't say the sound or word)
  • Auditory Processing
  • Able to hear sounds clearly but unable to process or interpret that information properly
    e.g. difficulty following instructions, sequencing ideas, remembering information, may be easily distracted
  • Literacy
    e.g. difficulty with rhyming, sound to letter association, sounding and blending words, knowing the alphabet

Additional services that are available include:

  • Small group therapy programs
  • Joint Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology sessions
  • Home and school visits
  • Providing consultative support and education to parents/carers, teachers and other service providers
  • Designing resources (e.g. visuals supports, social stories) to support the child in another setting
 
 

Alanna Mylne

BSpPath, MSPAA, CPSP

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.

 
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Our Approach


Children who overcome speech issues grow in both confidence and self-esteem. Therefore, we take time in our assessments and treatments.

  • Like anything, learning to speak well is not just functionally difficult, it’s also emotionally challenging. For us, success comes when you connect with the speech therapist, have fun and can overcome any stigma associated with struggling to speak correctly.
  • Our speech pathologist is experienced and has children of her own, so she’s passionate about making a lifelong difference in the lives of the children she works (and plays) with
  • We offer both during school and after hours’ appointments – to suit busy family schedules
  • Our paediatric team includes: speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology and a nutritionist. They work as a team, to enhance the care of children who need to see more than one therapist to overcome their challenges. 
  • Professional membership with Speech Pathology Australia also provides access to the most up to date information
 
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Appointments


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.

 
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Groups


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:

  • Improved social skills
  • The ability to engage in back-and-forth interactions
  • Improved understanding of language

Here are some of the valuable things you’ll learn when you attend the More Than Words Program:

  • How your child learns best and how to use what motivates your child
  • Why your child behaves in certain ways, and what you can do with those behaviours
  • How to use your knowledge about your child to set realistic goals
  • How to make interactions with your child last longer and be more meaningful
  • Tips for using pictures and print to help your child’s understanding
  • Tips on how to talk so that your child understands you
  • Strategies for developing your child’s play skills
  • Ways to help your child make friends

Program Components

The More Than Words parent program includes:

  • 7 training sessions in small, personalised groups.
  • A Hanen Certified speech-language pathologist leading the program.
  • 3 individual visits for you and your child with your Speech-Language Pathologist in which you are videotaped while interacting with your child. Then you and your Speech-Language Pathologist watch the videotaped interaction together to “see” what’s helping and what you can modify to help even more.

Call Reception for further information on 07 3249 5333

 

 

Department Hours & Fees


Department Hours:

Tuesday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 5:30pm

Consultation Fees:

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)

Fahcsia Appointments

An administration fee of $10 per consultation, $10 per group session will be charged to cover the additional administration requirements of Fahcsia funding.

Autism and Better Start Initiatives

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

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).

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Who can refer

Either an eligible consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist.

Reporting

Your therapist will report to your doctor after the initial consultation and at the end of each block of treatment.

More Information

On funding for children with autism:
FaHCSIA website

On funding for children eligible under Better Start:
FaHCSIA website

Cancellation Policy
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.