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Speech Pathology

Fun and friendly support for children with speech and language difficulties.

What we provide:

With our support, your child can improve their communication skills, their social well-being and their confidence. We’re proud to offer our expertise in an environment that’s friendly, warm and supportive.

Our services can help your child:

  • to improve their ability to understand verbal and written language
  • to convey messages to others verbally and using written language, including the use of grammar, vocabulary and sentence structures
  • with articulation difficulties like lisping
  • with fluency and stuttering
  • with voice difficulties.

Our services are:

  • free or low cost, depending on your eligibility for the program
  • supportive
  • tailored for children
  • available in languages other than English.

Arranging Speech Pathology services

Parents or carers can engage a Speech Pathologist for their child directly. The following professionals can also make a referral for our services:

  • Paediatrician
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • General Practitioner
  • Audiologist
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Preschool Field Officer
  • other professionals involved in the child’s care.

Eligible children will be placed on a waiting list. Please note that wait times for an assessment can range between six to twelve months. Once your child has reached the top of the waiting list, our speech pathologist will contact you to make an appointment.

Sessions

On the first session, our Speech Pathologist assesses your child’s speech and language by conducting an interview with a parent or carer, and observing the child’s presentation during play. We will also use formal language screening and evaluation tools when required.

Depending on the outcome of the assessment, we may recommend:

  • speech pathology sessions, usually conducted in blocks for a weekly or fortnightly basis over a school term
  • review or monitoring of speech and language development by the speech pathologist
  • further assessment or referral to another professional if required
  • referral to Early Childhood Intervention Services if required
  • no further services, if your child’s speech and language is found to be within the average range.

Please note that eligible children will be put on a waiting list before they can access their first assessment with our speech pathologist.

Eligibility

  • Children must be 0-6 years of age and not yet enrolled in a school. School aged children can access school-based speech pathology services.
  • Children must only have speech and language development issues. If your child has developmental difficulties in other areas, in addition to speech and language, they should be referred to Early Childhood Intervention Services for a comprehensive assessment.
  • Children must live or attend kindergarten or childcare in the City of Yarra, or have parents who work in the City of Yarra are also eligible.

 North Richmond Community Health’s Speech Pathology service is supported by the Victorian Government.

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