Speech Pathology for Children
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
- 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:
- Maternal and Child Health Nurse
- General Practitioner
- 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 three to six months. Once your child has reached the top of the waiting list, our speech pathologist will contact you to make an appointment.
About our 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 a different Early Childhood Intervention provider
- 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.
- 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 significant developmental difficulties in other areas, in addition to speech and language, they may qualify for Early Childhood Intervention through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
- Some children who are on the Early Childhood Intervention program as part of the NDIS may be eligible for our service
- 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.
Telephone and on-site interpreters can be arranged in any language at no cost to you.
The NDIS can also help pay for services for young children who need help with their health and development. If your child gets this help while they are under six years old, it could mean they need less help later. Find out how we can help your child under the NDIS scheme here.
North Richmond Community Health’s Speech Pathology service is supported by the Victorian Government.
If you’re a client
If you have a query about our speech pathology service for children:
(03) 9418 9800
If you’re a health practitioner
Send this completed referral form to our Intake service.
(03) 9418 9965
Send referral letter from your clinician to Intake at:
North Richmond Community Health 23 Lennox St Richmond, VIC 312
Senior Speech Pathologist
Imogen joined the Speech Pathology team at North Richmond Community Health in 2017. She has previously worked in community health, early childhood intervention, and primary school settings in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Imogen is trained in the Hanen It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words programs, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), the PROMPT Technique for treating motor speech disorders, and the SOS approach to feeding.
Imogen uses a family-centred and strengths-based approach in therapy, supporting family members to learn strategies which they can use in everyday routines and activities with their child. Imogen is currently completing her Masters in Public Health.
Lisa has been working as a Speech Pathologist at North Richmond Community Health since August 2018.
Lisa brings many years of experience from working in the United Kingdom as well as various Community Health and Early Childhood Intervention Services across Melbourne. Lisa enjoys working collaboratively with families and other professionals to ensure that there is a positive team around the child. Lisa particularly enjoys working with culturally and linguistically diverse families of pre-school aged children.
Lisa is a committed therapist who works holistically with families to facilitate engaging therapy sessions, which target the individual needs of each child and family to help them achieve their goals. Lisa utilises a family-centred approach in therapy and she strives to empower parents to be the agent of change in their child’s life.
Violetta joined the Speech Pathology team at North Richmond Community Health in October 2020. She has previously worked in early childhood intervention and in mainstream and specialist school settings in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Violetta has trained in the Hanen It Takes Two To Talk program, the PROMPT Technique for treating motor speech disorders, the Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) communication system and the SOS approach to feeding. She enjoys supporting families to use their children’s everyday routines to develop their language, social communication and feeding skills.
Violetta completed the Master of Speech Pathology in 2012 and has contributed to research on healthcare communication at Monash University.