55 minutes - $160
Brief report (1 page) - $80
Comprehensive report (2-6 pages) for funding or diagnosis - $200
Assessments for new clients typically take two sessions. In the first session, your speech pathologist (speechie) will spend a lot of time talking to the parent(s) and/or other caregivers present to obtain a thorough case history of the client. With younger clients, your speechie will spend time playing with the her. This allows your speechie to build rapport with the child as well as observe her play skills (which can be quite telling of her abilities), and speech and language abilities. In the second session, your speechie is likely to use a combination of formal and informal assessment tools to assess the client's speech and language abilities.
In most cases, your speechie will also need to contact other involved professionals, e.g., teachers, paediatricians, childcare workers to get a better understanding of the client's presentation in other settings.
A brief report will be sent following the completed assessment. Additional charges will apply for more comprehensive assessment reports.
Recommendations for therapy (if necessary) will also be made. If necessary, referrals to other appropriate professionals will also be made.
In Clinic Cost:
55 minutes - $160
40 minutes - $120
25 minutes - $80
Home Visit Cost (Within 15kms of the clinic)
55 minutes - $170
40 minutes - $130
25 minutes - $90
$80 per session or $85 per session (with government funding)
Weekly therapy is highly recommended. This is in line with evidence based research. However, we understand that this is unrealistic for some families. In those cases, your speechie and you will come up with the next best therapy dose that will still be effective. The length of therapy is usually between 30mins to 60 mins.
During therapy, especially with younger children, expect a lot of play. We love using toys, games, and other creative tools (like craft!) to stimulate language, encourage good speech and fluency, and facilitate social skills. Parents are encouraged to stay in the sessions to observe and participate. If this is not possible, parents will be called in the last 5 to 10 minutes of the session for a debrief to explain the session goals, performance, and home practice for the week.
For older children and adolescents, games, puzzles, and more pen and paper/iPad activities will be used.
The speechies at Speech Ease strongly encourage parents' involvement in home practice throughout the week. Yes, we do give homework! Children and adolescents with speech and language difficulties require lots of structured teaching and repetition. Practice makes perfect!