What is a Speech Pathologist?
Speech pathologists are university educated professionals with specific expertise in the development of communication skills and disorders of speech, language and swallowing that occur across the lifespan.
Who needs Speech Pathology?
Anyone with a communication difficulty. This includes problems with speech, using and understanding language, voice, reading, writing or hearing.
What Causes Communication difficulties?
Some causes include hearing loss, neurological disorders, brain injury, intellectual disabilities, drug abuse, physical impairments such as cleft lip or palate. Frequently, however, the cause is unknown.
When should I contact a Speech Pathologist?
Contact us if you have ANY concerns about your child's communication or literacy development. Evidence shows that early intervention is always better and "waiting and seeing". We are happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.
We have a quick reference sheet here.
Do I need a referral?
What Should I Expect?
The first session or two will be aimed at getting to know you and your child, completing speech pathology assessment, discussing results of assessment and helping you to decide on the most appropriate course of action. Depending on the assessment results, your child may require on-going therapy or only a few therapy sessions.
What Financial Help is Available?
Buzz Speech Pathology is registered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This is an Australian Government initiative to provide financial support to citizens and permanent residents of Australia with a disability and require long-term care and assistance. For more information see http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/about-ndis/ or call
• Medicare Rebates
Medicare Allied Health Initiative for Chronic Disease Management Items (previously known as Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plans) provide a rebate for up five sessions per calendar year, per client. If you are unsure as to your child\'s eligibility please discuss with your GP.
• Private Health Funds
Speech Pathology services can be rebated under certain ancillary tables of private health funds. Consult your health fund to obtain details.