Speech and language

What is the Speech and Language Clinic?

This program is for preschool children with speech and/or language delays or disorders and their carers.Services are tailored to the individual needs of the child and involve a combination of assessment, individual and/or group therapy, parent/carer education, reviews and home  programs.

Services are provided by student clinicians who work under the supervision of a qualified speech pathologist.

Registration and assessment

You can register your child for the Speech and Language clinic by contacting the clinic reception. Once your child is accepted into the clinic we will usually offer an assessment session. This will involve the Speech Pathologist finding out about the parent/carer's concerns, the child's developmental history and other relevant areas.

Standardised or informal testing will be conducted to assess the child’s communication. Usually assessments will take one to two sessions and you will receive a written report.

Following the assessment decisions regarding therapy are made with the parent/carer. This may involve:

  • Offering further therapy sessions
  • Placing the client on a waiting list for a particular therapy program
  • Placing the client on review

If it is felt that the client would benefit from services from an alternative agency (e.g. Early Intervention) this referral will be facilitated.

Therapy

If therapy is necessary, the results from the assessment will be used to decide which areas will be worked on in therapy.  Parents/Carers play an active role with the Speech Pathologist in regularly assessing the child’s progress and  reviewing treatment goals.  The experience of  therapy should be fun and positive for the child. Therapy will require the parent/carer to practice regularly with the child at home.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Speech and Language Clinic:

  • The child has not started school
  • The child’s primary impairment is speech  and/or language
  • The child does not have a developmental delay that is the result of intellectual, physical or sensory impairment (these children will be referred to the Early Childhood Early  Intervention (ECEI) service
  • The child is not receiving speech pathology assistance at the same time from another state or federal government funded organisation such as the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services or the Australian Department of Human Services.
  • The Parent/Carer agrees to the fee and attendance requirements
  • Children who are receiving services from another speech pathologist will not usually be offered a service at LCC at the same time.

Attendance requirements

Clients who fail to attend more than two appointments without prior cancellation may not be offered further services. A cancellation fee may apply for non-attendance.

Application Forms

Please complete and return the following applications forms.  These forms must be completed before a referral will be processed.

If any assistance is required to complete these forms, please call clinic reception on (03) 9479 1921 or email communication.clinic@latrobe.edu.au to request assistance.

Fees

Our fees are not refundable through Medicare or private health insurance. Concession is available on the presentation of a Health Care Card. Fees may be altered according to family income and individual circumstances. For other programs or group therapy, different fees will apply.

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