Parents can refer directly to Speechcare and we also receive referrals from GPs Paediatricians, ENT specialists, audiologists, teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, psychologists and dieticians.
Sometimes your speech pathologist may recommend a referral to a Medical practitioner or allied health professional for further investigation. A referral to an audiologist for a hearing test is often recommended as adequate hearing is vital for speech and language development.
What to Expect at Your First Visit
The child and his parents/ caregiver attend together. Your child is provided with some interesting toys and activities while the speech pathologist speaks with you about your concerns for your child and goes through the questionnaire you have completed about your child’s history (developmental, medical, educational, social and family)
Depending on your child’s age and stage of language development, the speech pathologist then assesses your child using a variety of standardized and naturalistic assessments tools. At all times he/she is made to feel comfortable and at ease. Assessment tasks are done in a fun way and lots of positive reinforcement is provided.
Following assessment, a report is prepared (if required) which includes recommendations. If therapy is recommended, session times are organized and you and your child return for the follow-up appointments.