Speech Pathology & Orofacial Myology 

What to Expect at the Assessment

ASSESSMENT/ SCREENING FEES

Routine Assessment        $250.00

Length of Appointment:  1 hour to 1.5 hours

Purpose: Clinician gains background information about the child / client and assess current skill level, and determines need for any referrals; as well as to identify appropriate goals and strategies.

Method: The caregiver is usually interviewed on the background history. For young children it may involve observing the child playing with their caregiver. For older children the clinician will administer standardised assessments. 

A routine assessment is sufficient for:

  • Stuttering

  • Simple articulation / speech delays

  • Mild to Moderate language delays

  • Minor Literacy Difficulties

Orofacial Myology Assessment       $250.00

Length of Appointment/s: 90minutes (this may be spread across 2 appointment slots)

Purpose: Clinician gains background information about the child / client and assess current skill level, and determines need for any referrals; as well as to identify appropriate goals and strategies.

Method: The caregiver is usually interviewed on the background history. A thorough examination of the musculature and structures of the mouth, head, neck and upper back is completed and photos are taken as a base-line measure. The client will also be asked to eat some food and drink during the session to look at functional capacity for everyday orofacial tasks.

Complex Speech & Language Assessment / NDIS Assessment       $600-900 (report included)

(you will be given an exact quote at your first appointment

Length of Appointment:  2 to 4 hours (spread across between 2 and 4 sessions). All except the NDIS assessments are generally completed within 2 session / 2 hours.

Purpose: Clinician gains background information about the child / client and assess current skill level, and determines need for any referrals; as well as to identify appropriate goals and strategies. This will include an investigation of the impact on the activities of daily living.

Method: The caregiver is usually interviewed on the background history. For young children it may involve observing the child playing with their caregiver as well as doing a routine-based assessment. For older children the clinician will administer standardised assessments as well as assessing how their difficulties impact their daily routines. The number of appointments and the cost of the assessment will be determined at the first assessment. 

A complex assessment is usually needed for:

  • Severe Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders

  • More Complex Speech Sound Disorders

  • Autism-Spectrum Disorders

  • Social skills

  • Literacy and / or Learning Difficulties

  • NDIS Assessments

A kindergarten/school and / or home visit may be required as part of the assessment process.

 

Preschool Screening   (3 years - school age)    $70

(Only available where there are 4 or more children in the one preschool or GP practice that can be screened in back-to-back appointments on the same day)

Length of Appointment:  30 minutes.

Purpose: Determine whether there is need for further intervention, provide parents / preschool with some general tips to improve the child's skills, and suggest appropriate referrals.

Method: The caregiver needs to complete a short questionnaire prior to the appointment. Short screening assessment tools are used to assess language ability, their production of speech sounds as well as their pre-literacy skill development.

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