Free Speech Pathology Consultation

Free Speech Pathology Consultation

Why do we offer a free consultation?

Seeking services can be a confronting time for individuals and families.  There are so many questions you may want answered.  The nature of what we assist with is quite individualised. The best way for us to determine the best course of action for you is to spend a bit of time with you, ask a few questions and make some observations.  From there we can make more appropriate recommendations. 

This appointment is not about formally assessing or ‘diagnosing’ your child, it's just to get a baseline of what services may be appropriate.

It is best for a consultation to take place in our clinic. We can offer a phone/telehealth consultation if you can’t get to our clinic however we strongly advocate for face to face consultations. This way, we can connect with you more.

What sorts of recommendations might we make? 

Part of our commitment to you is that we will work with you to get you the appropriate therapy and/or a therapist with the right skills and experience to assist.  As Certified Practising Speech Pathologists, our team are obligated to follow Speech Pathology Australia’s Code of Ethics and provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice.  

We may recommend: 

  • that you access free government or community services and we will provide further information on how to do this.
  • that we don’t believe that services are necessary at the time of the consultation and give you a bit of an idea of what to look out for in the future.

If we do recommend services, we will talk you through what that would look like with Kids Spot.  

There is no obligation to commence services with us and we understand that you may wish to look for similar services elsewhere in the marketplace.  

If we do recommend a service we will:

  • explain what the service is
  • what the goals would be
  • how much it may cost and
  • how long it could take
  • this may include assessments, therapy intervention, reports or device prescription.

We will make a recommendation based on a best practice approach.  It is important that you hear from us what we think is appropriate before we discuss funding, NDIS plans or anything else.

Our proposals for services are based on what we think would provide you with the best outcomes. Any discussion around finance or funding should take place following a clinical discussion and not before. This will ensure you get an independent recommendation that is not retrospectively manufactured to reflect your funding arrangements.  This may result in you freeing up funds for other services.  Alternatively, if your funding arrangement doesn’t cover our recommendation then we can look at advocating for more funding or working through different goals with you that are achievable and are still within a best practice model.

We may also suggest you consult other health care or educational specialists, such as Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, Paediatricians, Audiologists, Occupational Therapists or Psychologists.

What should I do before my consultation?

Write down any observations or questions you may have in advance.  Bring in any reports or information that you have from a previous speech pathologist or other health provider that may be relevant.  If you are an NDIS participant, know your plan goals and objectives as well as your funding type and plan dates.

Will the therapist that conducts my consultation be my therapist if I engage in future services?

Not necessarily. We have a number of therapists that all have a different skill set, areas of interest and experience. Part of our intake process is to line up an appropriate therapist to work with you. 

Do I need to commit to services with Kids Spot? 

Attending a free consultation with Kids Spot does not oblige you to engage with us for any future services but we would love to assist you on your therapy journey. 

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