Assessment Only Clinic

Are you worried about your child’s communication development? TalkHQ offers an Assessment Only Clinic for kids. This means that you can find out about your child’s communication profile.  Getting an assessment from us will give you answers and clarity about your child’s development. You can get answers to whether their communication is typical or needs therapeutic intervention.  What is the next step? Book an appointment for our Assessment Only Clinic HERE!

If you want more information, this blog will explain why we run the Assessment Only Clinic, what it entails, who it is suitable for, and other frequently asked questions about the assessment process.

Why is there an Assessment Only Clinic?

The Assessment Only Clinic is a TalkHQ initiative that was introduced as part of our waiting list management system. We started this service because parents told us they just wanted to know if their child’s communication is typical or atypical. They wanted answers instead of feeling stuck on a waiting list. Just as it sounds, this clinic is for children who are only offered appointments for our 3-part assessment process. The TalkHQ Assessment Only Clinic serves 2 purposes:

  1. Allows the speech pathologist to give parents a clear indication of whether speech pathology intervention is required or not. For example, some parents may wait for months because they are concerned about their child’s development. Because of the Assessment Only Clinic, the parents are able to find out sooner that the assessment results show that the child’s speech errors are typical for their age. This means they no longer have to wait for therapy. Alternatively, the family’s concerns may be affirmed. The speech pathologist may also advise the family if other professionals need to be involved.
  2. Following the assessment feedback session, parents understand the nature of their child’s communication profile and can benefit from single strategy sessions/group therapy while awaiting Talk Blocks of therapy.

When is the clinic held?

Our Assessment Only Clinic typically runs each school holiday period, and bookings are in advance. Sometimes, we have last-minute cancellations and we are able to see clients for assessment earlier. If this is the case, we will contact you via text or phone call to see if you are able to attend that day. You must respond by a specified time. If not, we contact the next family on the waiting list. This helps others have the opportunity to be seen sooner.

What is a speech pathology assessment for kids?

When communication difficulties are suspected in a child, a speech pathology assessment may be recommended. The assessment process is important in order to determine the severity and cause of the communication difficulties, as well as to develop an appropriate plan for treatment.

During a speech pathology assessment, the speech pathologist will assess the child’s communication skills in various areas, including receptive communication (understanding of spoken language), expressive communication (using spoken language), and social communication (using spoken language in play and social situations). The speech pathologist will also assess the child’s overall communication development by looking at his or her ability to communicate effectively in different contexts and with different people. In addition, the speech pathologist will take into account any other factors that may be affecting the child’s communication development, such as hearing impairments or developmental delays.

The speech pathology assessment is important for determining how best to help a child with communication difficulties. With the information gathered during the assessment, the speech pathologist can develop an individualized plan to help the child improve his or her communication skills.

How to know if your child needs a speech pathology assessment

If you’re worried about your child’s development, it’s important to seek professional help. A speech pathologist can assess your child’s communication skills and determine if there is a problem. Many communication disorders are highly treatable, so getting an assessment as soon as possible is important. Here are some signs that your child may need a speech pathology assessment if they:

– have difficulty understanding what others are saying.
– have trouble communicating their own ideas.
– is not using as many words as other children their age.
– are having difficulty pronouncing certain sounds.
– are not looking to play or engage with you.

If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to contact a speech-language pathologist for an assessment. Early intervention is crucial for communication disorders, so the sooner you seek help, the better.

What to expect?

At TalkHQ, we perform a thorough assessment. We assess many aspects of the communication profile. This is because we use a strengths-based approach to therapy and parents and carers actively participate in the therapeutic journey. There are three steps to our assessment. First, we meet with the parents/carers for an in-depth chat about your concerns. Secondly, we meet with your child and conduct our assessment. We spend time scoring and analysing the results before meeting with you for a feedback session. At this final appointment, we discuss the findings and identify the next steps for you and your child. For more information about speech pathology assessments, read our recent blog.

Does NDIA fund speech pathology assessments?

The National Disability Insurance Agency funds speech pathology assessments for eligible participants. TalkHQ is a proud NDIS registered provider. We require a signed service agreement before we see your child. To check your eligibility for NDIS funding, click here. Read our recent blog to find out other ways to help fund your child’s speech pathology assessment.



Written by Julie Sexton, Senior SLP and CEO of TalkHQ.

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