Peachy Speech

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a speech pathologist?

Speech pathologists are allied health professionals specialising in communication and feeding disorders. They assess and treat individuals experiencing difficulties with:

  • Language production and comprehension
  • Speech sound production (articulation)
  • Social communication and play skills
  • Literacy (reading, spelling, writing)
  • Stuttering
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Voice quality

For more details, visit the Speech Pathology Australia website.

What is the difference between a speech therapist, speech pathologist and speech-language pathologist?

There is actually no difference between a speech therapist, speech pathologist, and a speech-language pathologist! These terms are all interchangeable.

The profession focuses on communication and feeding disorders, and all three titles refer to qualified professionals who can assess and treat these issues.

While “speech pathologist” is the most widely used term in Australia, you might hear any of the three depending on location or personal preference.

Do I need a referral to see a speech pathologist?

No, a formal referral is not required to see a speech pathologist at our clinic. You can self-refer or be referred by a healthcare professional.

Is my child too young to see a speech pathologist?

It’s never too early to see a speech pathologist! Early intervention is crucial for maximising a child’s communication potential. If you have any concerns about your child’s speech or language development, it’s important to have an assessment completed as soon as possible. A speech pathologist can evaluate your child’s skills and determine if any intervention is needed. Remember, early intervention can significantly improve a child’s communication abilities and overall development.

Do you accept NDIS clients?

We are pleased to announce that we accept NDIS clients. To be eligible for services, you must be self-managed or plan-managed under the NDIS. NDIA-managed clients are not currently accepted.

How long do people need to attend therapy for?

The duration of speech therapy varies greatly depending on individual needs. Factors include developmental progress, background, disability, response to therapy, family support, and the specific communication issue. Some people require a short block of sessions to address specific concerns, while others may have broader, long-term needs. Consistent home practice, guided by the therapist, significantly improves outcomes. Our speech pathologists typically consider discharge or review once agreed-upon goals are achieved.

How does your clinic prioritise appointments?

At our clinic, we prioritise individuals needing assessments and clients requiring ongoing literacy intervention.

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