How do I know if my child needs an assessment?

A discussion with a speech pathologist can help determine whether your child's skills are within the normal developmental range, or if an assessment is indicated.

What happens when my child comes to the Clinic?  

If you'd like your child to be seen by a speech pathologist at our Clinic, the first step is to phone us or drop in to the Clinic. Your first contact will probably be with our office staff, who will take down details about the age of your child and what you are concerned about. A speech pathologist will then contact you to discuss this in more detail and to arrange an appointment time for an assessment.

Can I make appointments for outside school hours?

Our Speech Pathologists work weekdays from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm and we have limited availability on Saturdays from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. The Centre is also open during school holidays. We do our best to give everyone their preferred appointment times. However, please remember that after-school times are very popular, and there may be a waiting list for your preferred time.


What happens during an assessment?

An assessment allows your speech pathologist to devise an individualised therapy plan to meet your child's needs. You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire before your appointment. You may also be asked to provide copies of relevant reports (for example, reports by your child's school counsellor, occupational therapist or paediatrician).

The length of an initial assessment depends on the child and the presenting problem. A young child may be seen for only thirty minutes. Most assessments of school-aged children take between two and three hours. Your speech pathologist can let you know how long the assessment is likely to take.

During the assessment, your speech pathologist will use a variety of tests to evaluate your child's speech, language and literacy skills. She will also talk with you about the questionnaire you filled out.

What happens after the assessment?

After the testing is complete, the speech pathologist will write a detailed report explaining how your child did on each test, what effect this could have on your child's communication skills and school learning, and what action is recommended. You should receive this initial assessment report within two weeks of testing.

Your speech pathologist will then arrange a time to discuss the report with you. Our speech pathologists are also happy to talk to teachers and other specialists working with your child. Your speech pathologist may recommend that your child have a hearing test, or have further testing with a psychologist, paediatrician or occupational therapist.

What if my child needs therapy?

Contact us for more information.