Paediatric Speech-LanguageTherapy Service

How do I know if my child needs Speech-Language Therapy?

Follow your instincts. Begin to observe your child more closely. Spend a little time observing other children and how they communicate with your child. Discuss your concerns with your child's teacher, early childhood teacher or others who know your child well. If you continue to be concerned, contact a Speech-Language Therapist (SLT) to arrange for an assessment. This will give you an opportunity to discuss your concerns with an experienced therapist, pinpoint where your child sits in relation to 'normal development' and receive some basic advice.

How can I refer my child for Speech-Language Therapy?

We have an open referral system so we welcome referrals from parents. Caregivers, teachers & medical professions are also able to refer with parental consent. You are welcome to contact us by phone or e-mail if you would like to make or discuss a referral.

What will happen at the first appointment?

Your child will be given a chance to play / settle in while the Speech-Language Therapist (SLT) chats to you about your child and any concerns you might have. An assessment of your child's speech and language development will then be undertaken in order to evaluate their skills. This may be done through observations during play, informal testing or using a formal standardised assessment tool. Please allow up to 1 hour. For more complex speech-language difficulties two or more appointments may be needed.

Before the end of the visit the SLT will discuss with you the outcome of the assessments and the recommendations / therapy plan for your child.

Will there be homework?

Yes - this is very important. Parents and caregivers are active participants in the planning and therapy process and will be asked to carry out homework activities between appointments in order to maximise progress and aid the generalisation of new skills. Your child will need opportunities to practice their new skills every day and your SLT will provide you with appropriate activities and ideas after each visit.

Parents are always welcome to observe and / or participate in therapy sessions as this can make practice at home more successful / enjoyable.

How often will my child need to be seen / how long for?

Frequency and length of appointments varies between children depending on their needs. If regular visits are recommended this may be weekly or fortnightly. Appointments generally last 45 minutes, but younger children may receive 30 minute appointments.

Depending on the goals and therapy plan, your children may only need a short block of 6-10 sessions or they may benefit from more ongoing intervention.

Do we receive a written report?

Throughout the therapy process you will receive written therapy goals and homework notes. However, full written reports are available on request at any stage (e.g. initial assessment reports, progress reports, summary reports). These may be useful if there are other professionals involved in your child's care / education e.g. paediatricians, teachers, etc...

All written reports incur an additional fee.

How much will it cost?

Fees vary depending on the length of the appointment. Please contact us directly for up-to-date pricing information.

The Fine Print:

We accept pre-payment online or payment by cash/cheque at the time of the appointment. For outstanding payments over 7 days a 10% late payment fee will apply.

For cancellations, you must contact Let's Talk at least 12 hours before your scheduled appointment if you are unable to attend that appointment. Late cancellations may incur a 50% cancellation fee.