If you have concerns about your child's speech, language or literacy development, then the answer is 'yes'. Many parents harbour concerns for a long time before they take action. This only delays diagnosis and possible treatment.
Research tells us that early intervention is the key, so as soon as we can start helping your child, the better the outcome is likely to be. You will also sleep easy knowing that you have taken early action, and there is something that you can do to help your child. If an assessment shows that your child is developing within the average range, or that the type of difficulty is likely to resolve with maturity, then we will discuss this with you.
The speech pathologist will assess your child's speech, language and/or literacy development over an initial 1-1.5 hours. This is a standard assessment.
If required, therapy will begin the following session.
Occasionally, some additional assessment will take place in the following sessions. A report can be provided when all necessary information is gathered and a complete accurate picture of your child's skills has been obtained.
Assessment is a vital step in the consultation process. Assessment gives information about what your child needs to work on in therapy, and provides a baseline so we can look back and see the progress that has been made following a block of therapy.
If your child has had a recent assessment with a previous speech pathologist, we can view the report to determine if further assessment is necessary.
We visit many schools to see children for therapy. Your speech pathologists will organise a suitable day and time with your child's teacher. This will remain the regular session time every week or fortnight, as long as it suits all parties.
Your speech pathologist will visit the classroom to collect your child and walk with him to an allocated work space. After the lesson, the speech pathologist will write to you about the lesson and may provide some homework to complete.
If it is necessary, the speech pathologists will talk briefly with your child's teacher or will organise to email her at a later time to ensure the teacher is aware of your child's goals.
If you are unsure about your child's goals or you do not understand allocated homework, we are easily contactable by phone or email.
The length of time in therapy is highly dependent on the individual child and the diagnosis.
No responsible, experienced therapist will be able to give you a definitive time frame in which your child will be 'fixed'. However, speech pathologists can give you impressions about whether your child's diagnosis is treatable as well as the treatment goals and program. We are responsible for helping you understand your child's therapy needs, and for keeping you up to date with progress. We are readily available to discuss options in how and when to treat your child.
Better Start Speech Pathologists will usually see children fortnightly. Some children are offered weekly visits. Between visits, you will be given homework tasks so that the skills your child learns in therapy can be practised between sessions.
Sessions last between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
Of course! We welcome parents as well as support staff in our sessions. We believe that a picture is worth a thousand words so if you can see what we do, then you can copy the techniques for homework at home.
Some parents understand that their child responds differently when they are present, so discuss with the speech pathologists if it is best to only attend some sessions.
We understand that parents need to work and time constraints often mean that you can't attend the therapy session. That is the benefit of having speech pathology for your child at school. If you can't attend, we will be sure to let you know how your child is progressing by writing to you in their therapy pack.
Better Start Education Services provides a visiting Speech Pathology service to children and their families in and around Adelaide and South Australia.
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