Speech Pathologist - Paediatric

Ms Deborah Wilson

PAEDIATRIC SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Availability: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Email address: csp@caseyspeech.com.au

Specialising in Paediatric Services
Speech Pathology support for young children and their families.

Deborah has extensive experience and a special interest in working with preschool children and early primary school children with developmental delays and disabilities, complex communication needs, ASD, stuttering and feeding difficulties. Deborah is a Key Word Sign Presenter and offers 1 day Key Words Sign Workshops.

Why do you need a speech pathologist?
Your child may need assistance from a Speech Pathologist if they have difficulties with one or more of the following:

  • delay in speaking

  • understanding what is said

  • remembering what they hear

  • listening and paying attention

  • concentrating

  • learning to use language

  • expressing ideas (written and verbal)

  • using the right words

  • forming sentences correctly

  • understanding or telling stories

  • understanding what is meant

  • reading and spelling

  • clarity of speech

  • speaking loudly or quietly

  • controlling volume of speech

  • stuttering

  • social skills (pragmatics)

  • eating

  • swallowing

  • saliva management


Intervention Methods
Casey Speech Pathology uses a range of recognised intervention methods, strategies and programs including:

  • Hanen - It Takes Two to Talk

  • Hanen - More Than Words

  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)

  • Boardmaker - Picture Communication Symbols

  • Lidcombe Program - for Early Childhood Stuttering

  • Keyword Sign Victoria

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Aided Language

  • Social Stories

  • Behavioural Scripts

  • iPad - with Communication Apps such as Proloquo2go


Services
Casey Speech Pathology can 

  • conduct assessments

  • prepare reports

  • provide consultation

  • provide specialised intervention tailored to your child's needs

  • work with your family to maximise your child's potential

  • assist with training to show your family how to apply new strategies

  • develop programs targeting areas of concern that can be followed at home

  • liaise with your doctor or paediatrician

  • liaise with other allied health professionals to support your child

  • liaise and/or visit with your child's child care centre, kinder or school


Casey Speech Pathology may assist children with diagnosed conditions such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Asperger Syndrome

  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder

  • Global Developmental Delay

  • Developmental Disorder

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia

  • Down Syndrome

  • Early Childhood Stuttering

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Hearing impairment

  • Speech Delay

  • Tongue Thrust

  • Developmental Swallowing Disorders

  • Feeding Difficulties


Contact our friendly receptionists on 9708 1200 to book the initial consultation for your child, (approximately 1 hour). The initial consultation includes taking a detailed case-history of your child. Please bring your completed Client Information and Referral Details form, your Child Health Record book and any Specialist/School/Kinder reports that may be relevant to your child.
Assessment may consist of standardized tests, speech and language samples, observations and information provided by you and others involved in your child's care and education. 

Assessment
Simple assessments can be completed in one session, but children with more complex needs can require 2 or 3 one hour sessions. 

Report
A comprehensive report of the assessment, results and recommendations will be compiled and forwarded to you within approximately 6 weeks. If therapy is recommended a regular appointment time can be discussed. It is important that the report is shared with other services that your child is currently accessing.

Intervention
Subsequent therapy sessions will be tailored to your child's individual needs, and will focus on improving areas of concern identified during the initial consultation and assessment.
Parents are welcomed to take part in most therapy sessions. Whenever possible, we encourage you to have your other children minded while you attend assessment and therapy sessions. A home program will be provided. It is expected that you will incorporate strategies discussed within the therapy sessions into your daily routines.

Privacy
All information provided and gathered is treated as confidential. We will seek your permission to release any information concerning your child to others involved in their care, such as doctors, psychologists, teachers and carers.


Funding Options
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)
Children with Autism may also be referred by a Paediatrician for Speech Pathology assessment and/or treatment under Medicare. The maximum number of sessions is 20. A Medicare rebate of approximately $74.80 applies to these sessions.

Better Start Initiative (BSI)
Children with diagnosis of Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, Hearing-impairment and other specified Syndromes may also be referred by a Paediatrician for Speech Pathology assessment and/or treatment under Medicare. The maximum number of sessions is 20. A Medicare rebate of approximately $74.80 applies to these sessions.

Chronic Disease Management Program (CDM formerly EPC Enhanced Primary Care)
Children with complex care needs may be eligible for a Medicare Rebate ($53.80 per session) for up to 5 Speech Pathology sessions per year. Children may be eligible if they require services from more than one medical or allied health practitioner (e.g. Speech Pathology + Audiology, Psychology, Occupational therapy, or Medical Specialist). Ask your GP for more information about your child's eligibility for a CDM plan.

Private Health Fund Rebates
If you have private health extras cover, you may be eligible for a rebate. Please check with your health fund.

Fees Policy
Please contact our friendly receptionists on (03) 9708-1200 to enquire about fees.
24 hours (1 business day) notice is required for cancellations or rescheduling.

Late Cancellation fees apply as follows;
Late Cancellation:50% of Scheduled Fee
Non Attendance:Full Fee

Accounts must be paid on the day of your appointment.
Self Managed NDIS must be paid on the day of your appointment.
Plan Managed NDIS accounts will be emailed to your plan manager by CSP after your service.

Payment can be made by cash, EFTPOS and credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
Rebates can be claimed through HICAPS once your account has been paid in full.


Links
Australian Stuttering Research Centre
Autism Victoria (Amaze)
NDIS
FaHCSIA Better Start Initiative