Fees & FAQs

I’m not sure if my child needs an assessment or not. Should I wait and see?

 

If you are unsure, it is best to call us for a free, no obligation chat. We can discuss your concerns and what to expect regarding your child’s development. We may well suggest you do wait or we can book an assessment. In our experience, and with consideration to the potential long term effects of untreated speech and language difficulties, waiting without any discussion with a speech-language pathologist might lead to more unease for you.

 

How do I make an appointment?

 

Referrals from general practitioners and other health specialists are accepted, however are not necessary. You may make an appointment by sending an enquiry via our website or calling us on (07) 5679 5609.

 

How much does an appointment cost?

 

Initial Assessment = $205 (Includes standardised assessment, verbal feedback and a summary report)

60 minute Standard Therapy Session =  from $130*

45 minute Standard Therapy Session = from $115*

30 minute Standard Therapy Session = from $100*

 

*These fees apply to pay-as-you-go sessions, one-off sessions, and CDM sessions. Payment is taken at the time of your appointment. A discount of $10 per session applies if paying upfront for a block of sessions. Appointments with the principal speech pathologist attract a higher fee. 

 

Am I eligible for a rebate?

 

You might be able to claim a portion of your therapy fees through your private health insurance under Items 320, 340 and 350. It is best to contact your provider directly.

Also, people who are being managed under a General Practitioner (GP) Management Plan, may be eligible for a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan, and be eligible for a Medicare rebate on a portion of your therapy fees for up to five sessions per year. You can discuss this with your GP.

 

What happens during our first appointment and in weekly sessions?

 

Our first appointment involves building rapport with your child and making them comfortable. We discuss your concerns and theirs. We take a thorough history of your child’s development and administer relevant standardised assessment/s. We will give you as much feedback on the spot as possible or is appropriate, and we usually finish by playing a game with your child and of course, giving them a sticker! A written report will be prepared that will outline concerns and therapy recommendations. Therapy sessions will be based on goals discussed and will incorporate evidence-based techniques and fun and rewarding motivators determined by us and the child and family. Each session will review or discuss home tasks.

 

How often are sessions?

 

On-going sessions are typically weekly for 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes, however Little Language are flexible in our therapy delivery, including offering speech therapy in some Gold Coast schools. We offer appointments between 7.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.

 

Do I have to be present for therapy?

 

Having a parent or carer present during therapy sessions is encouraged so that practice can be done at home, and for optimal outcomes. However, we understand this is not always possible and, in those cases, will always use a communication book to send home notes and exercises.

 

When you call us, you will always speak directly to a speech-language pathologist for free and without obligation, so if you have any further questions, would like to chat about your child, or to make an appointment for speech therapy on the Gold Coast, please contact Little Language on (07) 5679 5609.

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