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Frequently asked questions

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While we would love to give you an end date, there are so many variables that impact on how long therapy will take. Each child, family situation and therapy approach is unique and things like your child’s developmental stage, severity level, temperament, end goals and your family’s commitment to home practise will all impact on the amount of time required. Rather than focusing on how long it might take, we’d encourage you to focus on the ongoing improvements you see in your child as they progress through therapy.

We’ll start by find out what is most motivating to your family and to your child. It will also depend on what your child is presenting with and what the current research says about the most effective approach to address it.

Home practise is a really important part of the speech therapy process. In the same way that a child who is learning the piano needs to play often to get better, children with communication challenges need to practise the new skills they are learning to master them. If you have concerns about the type or amount of home practise it is important to have these discussions with your therapist early so that we can problem solve together to work out a solution.

Therapy will be different for each unique child and family. It will be a mixture of tabletop, floor, computer/iPad or movement activities but the ratio will change from child to child. Things like your child’s age, developmental stage and learning style will all be taken into account as well as things such as their attention span, movement needs and what is going to be the most motivating for them.

All children are different and we adapt therapy to suit their needs. We work with lots of busy children and simply work movement breaks into therapy and create a therapy plan around movement.

Parents are often told not to compare their children to others as they all develop in different ways at different rates. This can make it difficult to know whether therapy would be beneficial or if they are meeting their milestones. Whether you’ve been referred by another professional or educator or just aren’t sure yourself, the best way to uncover any developmental delays is to go through the assessment process. If therapy would be beneficial, it means you’ve already started the process and if it turns out your child is developing typically, you’ve got peace of mind.

We use a platform called See-Saw to communicate with parents if the sessions are at school or outside of the clinic.

We work with children from birth through to 18 years.

Medicare rebates may be available for children with chronic conditions (including communication delays) when referred by a GP.

If your child is covered for speech pathology in your private health cover, you will be able to get a rebate on your sessions. The value will vary between health funds and depend on your coverage.

We absolutely are! If you are eligible for NDIS funding, get in touch with our friendly team to find out how to get started on your journey today.

We currently have a number of clinic locations across North Queensland including Townsville, Ayr, Ingham and Palm Island. We also have scheduled visits to Bowen, Hughenden and the Isaac Region. If you’re not local to any of those areas, we also offer telehealth appointments via our Talk Online service. Watch this space though as Talk HQ clinics are expanding Australia wide!