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How long does it take to treat children?

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.

How often do you see children for therapy?

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.

Can I attend the therapy sessions?

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.