Speech & Language Therapy

The Process

Assessment and Intervention

Our speech and language assessments are tailored to meet the needs of the individual.  The assessment process helps the Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) and family to get a clearer picture of the child/teenager/adult’s communication skills and identify if there are any areas that need support.  If support is needed, the SLP and family can decide together how that support should be provided and what the goals are for therapy.

Referrals to the Speech and Language Therapy Service do not require a referral from a doctor.  Therapy services can be provided regularly or on a consultation basis depending on what is needed.  Services can be provided at the Blurton Family Development Center office, at schools or in other community settings according to what is jointly decided to be best for the client.

Pre-assessment

Prospective clients are welcome to speak directly to the Speech and Language Pathologist before booking an assessment to determine if an assessment is needed and how the Speech and Language Pathologist might be able to help their child. 

Prior to the assessment, you will be sent a case history document to complete so that the Speech and Language Pathologist understands the client’s history (developmental history, medical history, speech and language history, educational history), the clients skills and interests and the reason for the referral.    

Parents can phone and speak to the receptionist to make an appointment.  

Testing

The first assessment session will usually take between 1.5 - 2 hours.  During this session, the SLP and the family meet, talk through the background information and the concerns.  The SLP will then commence some standardized assessments for the areas of concern.

For younger children, the assessment will be interactive, fun and play-based and the parents/carers’ reports will be a significant component of the assessment.

For older children and teenagers, the initial session will involve some formal testing of the areas of concern (e.g. speech sounds, verbal language skills) as well as informal assessment (testing skills in more naturalistic ways), observation and games to keep the student motivated and rewarded.  A further assessment session will be scheduled if the assessment is not completed, if additional areas are identified as needing to be tested (e.g. literacy skills, fluency) or if the client has difficulty sustaining their attention for long periods.  

Report

A comprehensive evaluation report will be completed after the assessment session(s).  It will include information gathered in the case history questionnaire and interview, observations made during the sessions and the results of formal and informal assessment.  It will also outline any recommendations for further speech and language intervention together with practical recommendations for home and school.  

THERAPY SESSIONS

After the assessment, if there are areas that have been identified as needing support and the client/family chooses to address these with regular therapy sessions, the SLP will collaborate with the client/family to determine the goals for therapy.

Options for therapy include weekly individual or group therapy sessions, intensive individual or group therapy programs, and consultative therapy (the SLP helps to develop goals and strategies and the parent/carer, teacher or client are the ‘agents’ of therapy).  The length of the each session and the total amount of intervention can be determined according to the client’s needs and preferences.

At any stage, you are welcome to discuss with the SLP your/your child’s progress.  Therapy goals will be reviewed and amended on an ongoing basis.