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Services

At Connecting Dots for Kids we offer comprehensive and flexible Speech Pathology services.

Free Phone Consultation

For Parents

If you feel your child may have an issue with their ability communicate, we offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to assess and address your concerns. We will listen, gather some information from you about your child’s skills,  and advise you as to the most appropriate next steps, whether these are some tips to implement at home or a recommendation and quote for a formal assessment.

Contact us or Book your free phone consultation below.

For Early Childhood Professionals

If you are an early childhood professional who would like to:

  • organise developmental screenings for your centre
  • arrange a professional development workshop
  • get some information about how to support an individual child or group of children

Contact us or Book your free phone consultation below.

Assessment

It is essential to gain a holistic picture of your child so we can identify underlying causes of communication and learning difficulties.

To do this we:

  • Seek information from you about your child’s development, health and family history and how you see your child
  • Gain your permission to talk to other professionals, carers and teachers involved with your child
  • Conduct scientifically researched assessments (psychometric assessments) and clinical observations of your child.

Getting to know your child in this way can take between one to three sessions with the Speech Pathologist depending on the complexity of the information that needs to be gathered. The first session is typically for a little over an hour.  The number and cost of any subsequent assessment sessions will be discussed during your phone consultation or initial assessment s

Assessment report: Assessment reports are completed for all formal assessments or for initial sessions completed with a Care Plan from a GP under the Chronic Disease Management Plan.  The cost of reports are included in the assessment fee and are provided within two weeks of the completion of the assessment.

Treatment

Once the assessment is completed, we will develop an individualised therapy plan you and your child. The treatment plan is personalised, as every communicative disorder and presentation is different. Individual therapy sessions are generally offered on a weekly or fortnightly basis, however alternative arrangements can be made in consultation with your therapist, and group based programs are also provided when relevant. Therapy goals are set by combining the outcomes of formal language assessment, observation and parent interviews. We work together to reach the family’s long-term goals by setting short-term goals to work on in therapy sessions.

As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher, and you are an expert who knows your child better than anyone else.  Because of the significance of your relationship with your child and the amount of time you spend with them, we encourage your continued involvement and support in your child’s therapy program. Our home based sessions include providing you with strategies you can implement daily to achieve the goals set for your child.  When sessions are provided in childcare, kindergarten or school, and you are unable to be present, we will provide feedback after each session about activities and goals targeted, as well as recommendations for you at home.

Other Services for Individual Children

At times, a child’s therapy program may incorporate one or more of the following activities:

  • Educational setting observational visits or consultations
  • Attendance at meetings
  • Additional administrative tasks (such as extra letter writing or liaison with other professionals)

The time and costs associated with these activities will always be discussed and quoted in advance.

Contact us to discuss how we can help.

Services for Professionals and the Public

Connecting Dots for Kids also offer a range of services to early childhood professionals, educational settings, and groups. These may include:

  • Developmental screenings at early childhood centres, kindergartens, or schools
  • Information sessions for parent groups
  • Professional Development sessions and conference presentations
  • Written articles, interviews or other media

Please contact us to discuss your needs.