What does a Speech Pathologist Do?

We assess and treat communication disorders. This includes difficulties with speech sounds, speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice.

Some of the common diagnoses that we work with are:

  • phonological (speech)/ articulation disorders
  • motor speech disorders
  • receptive and expressive language delays
  • pragmatic language disorder
  • dyslexia
  • autism spectrum disorder

At Roar Speech. we work directly with children (2yo – 16yo) but other speech pathologists also work with young adults and adults who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.

When should my child see a Speech Pathologist?

As a parent, you know your child the best! If you have any concerns at any age regarding your child’s communication development, big or small, it’s best to give us a call for a chat. Also refer to the Speech & Language Milestones on the Resource page.

Can adults benefit from Speech Pathology?

Yes! Anyone who has difficulty communicating or experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can benefit from speech therapy.

What is the difference between speech pathology and speech therapy?

There is no difference! We use the terms interchangeably. We are officially known as Speech Pathologists or Speech-Language Pathologists but we are also called speech therapists and speech teachers. It’s confusing, as we don’t just treat ‘speech’, a better term may be… ‘communication specialists’.

Can I come into sessions with my child?

Yes! We love having parents/carers sit on and/or participate in our sessions. We understand that as parents you are busy so it’s not always possible, especially if we see your child in their education setting, however you are always welcome!

We have found if parents are involved in therapy, our little lions can make quicker progress as we are all ‘on the same page’, working as a united pack.

What if my child is shy & doesn’t talk?

It is not uncommon to have a child who is a little reluctant to participate in the sessions at first. Please, don’t worry! We strive to make our sessions as fun as possible…if there are some toys that your child loves, either tell us in advance or bring them along to the session to help promote engagement and interaction.

How can I describe your services to my child?

Some parents like to say, “We’re going to see a friend who will play fun games and talk with you for a little while”.

If your child is a little older, you may like to be more specific, and say, “We’re going to see a lady who is going to help you with your speech/ sentences/ reading/ writing etc. She will show us some tricks and help to make things easy for you!”

Ultimately, we find it’s best to not make much of a fuss. It’s our promise at Roar Speech. to you, that we will be warm, creative and fun! We hope your little lions will our sessions.

What do I need to bring?

You do not need a referral to see us but if you have any previous reports from other specialists (GP’s, pediatrician, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists) please bring them along – the more info we have, the better!

To ensure we assess your child properly, we ask you as parents/carers to fill in a detailed questionnaire before the initial consultation to give us enough information to plan appropriate assessments.

Is there homework?

Yes! “Practise makes Perfect!”

Therapy is much more successful if home practise is completed along side therapy. We don’t want you to sit down and do practise for 30-40 minutes so your little lion becomes bored and frustrated…  we suggest 10 minutes, 3-4 times per week.

Shorter and more frequent at home, and then in our therapy sessions we can see how you’ve been going at home and hopefully move onto the next ‘steps’ in therapy more quickly.

Do you use Ipads and computers?

We do use technological tools in our sessions, however they are used minimally and definitely not for every goal we are targeting. We recognize that too much ‘screen time’ can be detrimental to a child’s development. The iPad is an engaging tool and children love the speech therapy apps we recommend but when using the apps they do require parental supervision for home practise. It is not able to give your child the feedback they require to make changes to their communication.

How much is this going cost?

Please refer to our Fee schedule under the ‘Funding’ tab. We are flexible with our therapy sessions and understand it is an additional cost. At Roar Speech. we believe that speech therapy is an investment in your child’s future. We are here to help and will suggest funding options that may be available for your child.

How long will my child need therapy?

Every child is unique. It is difficult to pin-point exactly how many sessions your child will require. After the initial consultation/assessment sessions, we will be able to provide you with more information around time frames depending on the severity of your child’s communication development.

How do I know if the therapy is working?

We will keep the communication lines open always and tell you how your child is progressing. For each skill set (speech sounds, language, literacy) we are working on there is usually a hierarchy. For example, we may begin working on speech sounds teaching your child how to say the sound “k” on its own, then we will practise at the beginning of words, “car”, and then in a short phrase, “blue car”.

Each skill set has its own ‘stepladder’ from one level to the next. Children’s progression between on the ladder will vary but you will notice when we have conquered one of the ‘rungs’ on the stepladder when we move to the next.

How do I (as a parent) arrange a School visit?

To arrange a ELC/school visit please contact us initially to discuss your child’s communication needs. If it is a centre that we are not currently servicing, with your permission, we can then make contact with the centre to discuss whether we are able to see your child in their educational setting.

I have other children… Can they come in too?

Yes, we are completely happy to have other siblings sit in on our sessions. We will involve them as much or as little as you would like.

Do I pay on the day?

As we are a mobile service, we don’t take payment on the day of your session. Instead, we email through our invoices and we offer two different payment options, please refer to our Fee Schedule, under the ‘Funding’ tab.

Can I use my Private Health Insurance?

You will need to check with your Private Health fund if your ‘Extras’ covers Speech Pathology. If ‘yes’ when we issue you a receipt following payment, you take that to you Private Health fund to be reimbursed your monies. We require full payment of accounts.

Do you have HICAPS?

No, unfortunately due to the nature of our mobile service we are unable to offer the HICAPS service. Once your are issued with a receipt you can take this to your Private Health fund or Medicare for reimbursement.