Speech4Kids

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Speech4Kids?

Speech4kids is a paediatric practice established by Felicia Schmaman and Lara Lasnitzki, Practice Principals. In addition to their individual caseloads, Felicia and Lara provide mentoring and support to the dedicated Speech4kids team of speech pathologists. Speech4kids caters primarily for young children through to adolescence and beyond should ongoing support be required. Clients come mainly from Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs.

Speech4Kids is an ASD approved provider with particular expertise in learning and communication difficulties including comprehensive treatment for:

  • Language
  • Speech sound disorders including single sound errors
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Auditory Processing
  • Social Skills
  • Literacy including spelling

Our practice beliefs are based on best practice recommendations by our professional body, Speech Pathology Australia, and include:

  • Being child-focused, always acting in their best interests.
  • Delivering quality therapy by qualified speech pathologists.
  • Providing motivational and age appropriate therapy.
  • Providing a comfortable and safe therapy environment.
  • Clearly explaining therapy goals, services and outcomes.
  • A professional, ethical and compassionate approach.

Concerned with your child's speech?

Many children experience difficulties developing their speech and communication skills. Parents and teachers have the difficult task of monitoring communication development, and knowing when to seek assistance. Evaluation at Speech4kids will indicate whether development is within the expected range or intervention is required.

Parents typically seek Speech Pathology opinion when their child is

  • Not speaking
  • Shows signs of frustration and aggression when unable to communicate
  • Relies heavily on gestures to communicate
  • Displays a reluctance to speak, especially to new people
  • Has difficulty organizing thoughts coherently
  • Repeats sounds and / or syllables in longer words
  • Plays alone or has a limited repertoire of play interests compared to peers
  • Has a limited vocabulary when compared with peers
  • Requires repetition before understanding what is required
  • Finds reading a challenge
  • Has difficulty with oral and written story-telling

What can I expect?

Although different for each client, traditionally the process is as follows:

Initial telephone contact: Lauren or Doreen will discuss the general area of concern  and allocate an appointment time with the Speech Pathologist who best meets your child’s needs.

Assessment:  The speech pathologist records a detailed history and begins observations and assessment measures.

Intervention:  Regular individual or group sessions are offered depending on your child’s needs. Parents usually attend individual therapy sessions at the Speech4kids office.  Regular feedback is provided. Home practice is often suggested to consolidate skills taught, to promote progress and generalization. A written summary of each session is provided.

Where is therapy conducted?

Therapy sessions are available at a variety of locations including our office at 561 North Road Ormond, schools, kinders and childcare centres across Melbourne’s South East as well as home visits.

Does my child qualify for any funding?

Our fees reflect a balance between affordable access to quality services and fair remuneration. Speech pathology services are GST free.

You may be able to claim some of the costs of our services from your private health insurance fund. We recommend you contact your fund for further details.

In certain circumstances there is local and / or Commonwealth funding available for speech pathology services.  Speech4Kids is an approved Speech Pathology provider under the ‘Early Intervention Service Provider Panel’, for Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start packages administered by the Department of Social Services. Children who are diagnosed before age 6 years with either Autism, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Hearing Impairment including children with a cochlear implant, can register with FaHCSIA to access these packages (up to $12,000 per child over 2 years, eligibility criteria apply).

Medicare provides a maximum of 5 partially funded sessions for speech therapy per year under the Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP) / Enhanced Primary Care (EPC). Contact your General Practitioner for further information.

How do I contact Speech4Kids?

Call 1300 701 737 during office hours. Alternatively complete our inquiry email on the ‘Contact Us‘ section of this website.

Any career opportunities at Speech4Kids?

Speech4kids is a growing paediatric practice. We are constantly looking for like-minded skilled, enthusiastic and passionate speech pathologists to join our busy team. For Further information contact Felicia or Lara, Practice Principals on 1300 701 737.

Resources / Useful links

Amaze

Helping Children with Autism and Better Start

Medicare Chronic Disease Management (Team Care Arrangements)