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Words In Motion Speech Pathology                      Policies, Guidelines & Procedures

The initial or first consultation is for one hour. This consultation allows the speech pathologist (SP) to gain background information about your child and to screen his/her current speech and language skills. Information is gathered by discussing your child’s birth, developmental and medical history, as well as your observations as parent/carer of the child’s speech and language skills. How the SP screens your child’s current skills depends on his/her age. For younger children this may involve the SP playing with your child or observing them playing with you. For older children the SP may administer screening tests. If no other assessment consultations are required a one page summary of the screening consultation will be provided free of charge.

A one hour (initial) consultation is usually sufficient for the assessment of:

•Stuttering

•Articulation (Speech)

•Straight forward expressive language delay

Assessment information:

The speech pathologist will inform you if a more comprehensive assessment is required, how many sessions this will entail and the cost. The number of assessment consultations required will vary depending on your child’s age and the type of communication difficulty.

Two or three consultations are usually required for the assessment of:

  • Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Literacy Learning Difficulties

(A kinder/school visit may be required as part of the assessment process)

Assessment report:

If a standardised assessment is conducted, a written report will be provided (unless otherwise negotiated). You can expect to receive the report within a month of the assessment date and charged as per our fee structure.


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