Pepper Kids Therapy
Does your little one need help with their speech, language, fluency or social pragmatics? Reach out to our caring and passionate team of speech pathologists to find out how we can help.
How can Speech Pathology help my child?
Paediatric Speech Pathologists are able to provide support to children & their families who experience difficulties with any area of communication & play, such as listening, understanding language & following instructions, using language & communication, pronunciation, reading & writing, appropriate social & play skills, and exploring other communication methods known as Alternative & Augmentative Communication. Speech Pathologists are also able to assist with any feeding difficulties your child may have.
At Pepper Kids Therapy, the initial appointment with an speech therapist is made up of 3 parts:
Part 1 : 30 minute phone consultation between parent/carer and therapist to gather background information and discuss the goals for therapy. This allows for the child's parent or carer to freely discuss their concerns & reasons for referral without the child present, at a time that is suitable for the parent/carer.
Part 2 : First face to face session at the clinic, where the therapist will build on the background information provided and commence assessment with your child.
Part 3 : 30 min non face to face supports which may include liaising with your child’s teacher or other providers/professionals working with your child, completion of scoring, analysis & interpretation of any standardised assessments completed, formulation of therapy goals & a therapy plan for the child to be discussed with you at the next session. It may also include a telephone call with the parent/carer if required to clarify any other information required prior to the next session.
Our therapists are experienced in conducting both standardised assessments as well as unstructured play based assessments across all areas of Speech Pathology including:
Alternative & Augmentative Communication
After Your Assessment
After an assessment, a comprehensive report including standardised scores, a written narrative of the assessment findings and their impact on your child’s development will be compiled.
The report will include recommendations that can be put into place at your child’s natural settings (home, childcare, school) which will promote your child’s strengths and support them to develop their areas of need. Recommendations for required therapeutic intervention will also be included.
The therapist will discuss the findings of the report with you and therapy goals will then be agreed.
Ongoing Therapy Appointments
Following on from your initial appointment and/or an assessment, weekly or fortnightly therapy sessions of 40 mins in duration will be recommended.
Resources will be given to parents, teachers, and other caregivers to engage them in the therapy process, and where a multi-discipline team is working with your child, the therapists will engage in regular collaboration to provide the best possible outcomes for your child.
Speech Pathology reports can be provided on request for many different purposes and are billed at the standard hourly rate. Please let us know if you would like a report, giving as much notice as possible and your speech pathologist can let you know the time required to complete the report.
You can request reports for:
Report for your paediatrician prior to an upcoming appointment;
Report for your child’s teacher including recommendations that can be put in place to support your child at school which will promote your child’s strengths and support them to develop their areas of need;
Report following any standardised assessments completed including standardised scores with a written narrative of the assessment findings and their impact on your child’s development with recommendations that can be put into place at home and childcare/school;
Report for the NDIS to support an Access Request for an NDIS plan;
A summary report outlining your child’s needs, the services provided so far, progress towards goals and future recommendations.
NDIS Review Report prior to your child’s NDIS Review Meeting which will outline your child’s progress against their current NDIS Goals, recommendations for future NDIS Goals and further funding for therapy, assistive technology or other supports;
A comprehensive functional capacity assessment report which provides detailed information about your child’s needs and identifies and documents funding needs for NDIS plans.
Telehealth Service (Optional)
At Pepper Kids Therapy we also offer telehealth services. These can be a fantastic way to complement your in-clinic therapy where distance prevents regular visits, or if something happens and you are unable to make it to the clinic, instead of cancelling a session you may make use of a telehealth appointment where possible. Your speech therapist can observe and interact with your child all from the convenience of your home via a video call (simply click on a link that will be emailed to you from any device). This also enables the therapist to better understand how your child performs in their home environment and to tailor treatment for at-home success.
Alternatively, you may prefer to have a telephone consultation with your child’s therapist about their progress and to seek advice about how best to support your child with therapy at home. You can also request helpful resources, information and home programs from your therapist that you can implement with your child to increase the speed of their progress.
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