Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent difficulties related to speech, language, social communication, voice, swallowing and fluency.

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What is Speech Pathology?

Speech Pathologists are health professionals with expertise in the assessment and management of communication, feeding and swallowing difficulties. They are trained in a variety of areas and work with children and young adults of all ages to overcome communication struggles and learn healthy habits. Speech Pathologists are able to identify, assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of areas and create ongoing treatment plans to ensure healthy development in children and adolescents.

We can help children with

  • Improving their ability to be understood by others
  • Strengthening their skills in reading and writing
  • Overcoming difficulties with social communication skills
  • Increasing their comprehension including ability to follow directions
  • Creating or recommending assistive devices to support their communication
  • Safe swallowing of food and drink
  • Reducing their stuttering

Speech Pathology Assessments

Assessments may be informal and include observations of your child, consulting with your child’s school and completing questionnaires about your child. Formal or standardised assessments are used to assess overall achievement and compare a child’s performance with other children their age. Standardised assessments may take more than one session to complete.


Youthrive uses a range of informal and standardised assessments to assist with identifying articulation and phonological delays.

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Informal assessments such as play-based observations and check-lists may be used. Standardised assessments include:

The Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals – A comprehensive assessment of a student’s language skills. This assessment determines the presence or absence of a language disorder, the nature of the disorder and strengths and weaknesses in a student’s language development. This assessment is valid for children 5 years of age to adults 21 years of age.

The Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals Preschool – Evaluates aspects of language necessary for preschool children to make the transition to the classroom. This assessment measures a broad range of expressive and receptive language skills and identifies the presence or absence of a language disorder. This assessment is valid for children 3 to 6 years of age.

The Preschool Language Scales – A comprehensive play-based developmental language assessment for children birth to 7 years 11 months.

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These assessments give an overview of the child’s phonological and phonemic awareness skills required for literacy development.

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These assessments review the way a child uses language within social situations.

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Rebates and Funding Programs

While Youthrive is a fee paying service, some Medicare and private health insurance rebates may be available for our services. Families are encouraged to speak with their GP and nominated health fund to find out whether they are eligible various rebates. Please note rebates listed below are subject to change without notice.

Chronic Disease and Complex Needs Initiative (Formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care Plan)
Follow Up Allied Health Services for People of Aboriginal - Medicare
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) –Medicare
Better Start for Children with Disability – Medicare
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start for Children with Disability

We support families

Speech Pathologists at Youthrive utilise a number of evidence based therapeutic interventions when working with children and their families.  The intervention provided is dependent upon the child’s need.

Occupational Therapy & Speech Pathology Screening Sessions

This childhood screening package aims to assist early childhood educators and parents in identifying developmental challenges for children as early as possible.

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Learnersaurus Literacy Program

A multisensory approach to teaching literacy skills to all learners, including those with Dyslexia.

The Lidcombe Therapy

A behavioural treatment for children who stutter.

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

PECS is a communication device for children. It is particularly useful for children on the autism spectrum.

Hanen ‘More Than Words’

Designed specifically for parents of children aged 5 years and under on the autism spectrum. The program provides parents with strategies to support their child to reach their full communication potential.

Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’

Designed specifically for parents of children aged 5 years and under and whom have been identified as having a language delay. Parents learn strategies to assist their child’ learn language throughout the day.

Speech and language difficulties are common. Parent’s instincts are often correct and if you are worried about your child’s development it may be worthwhile booking in for an assessment. Alternatively seeking information on whether they are meeting their developmental milestones by talking with your General Practitioner or your child’s educator.

No, although a referral from your General Practitioner, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist may provide you with a rebate off the cost of the session.

You and your child attend the initial appointment together. This is usually an hour in duration. During the first appointment, your speech pathologist will ask detailed information about your child’s family history, health, development and education, and about the current concerns you have. They will complete an assessment to assist with identifying goals for therapy. You will also be asked to complete a consent form if this has not been completed previously. Please bring any referrals or previous reports along with you to the first session. Information about your child’s developmental history such as milestones will also be discussed.

Therapy is different for every child, but it may include direct work with your child and also strategies for you to put in place at home to assist your child’s speech and language development. Sessions may be 30, 45 or 60 minutes long depending on your child’s needs and attention. You and your child will receive homework to complete between sessions – completing these activities is a very important part of the gains your child will make in therapy.

Yes! It is important that you attend the sessions with your child. You will be taught techniques and provided with activities to continue on with at home.

All children learn at different paces and there is no ‘quick fix’. It requires hard work and commitment from families. The number of sessions required will be dependent on your child’s needs and how they progress through set goals. Improvements may be gradual and occur over a period of weeks or even months.

Our workshops & group sessions

Youthrive runs regular interactive workshops for parents, caregivers, educators and children providing a great opportunity to learn how therapy works, receive practical advice and gain support from other families with the same experiences.

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The Youthrive team are passionate about helping kids and young people reach their full potential.

Our dedicated team of qualified professionals provide a number of therapy services including Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Psychology. They have worked with clients with a range of needs and embrace Youthrive’s collaborative approach to therapy.

First Appointment

If you are a parent who has not had any experience with therapy services for your child, the process can seem quite overwhelming. Here’s what to expect at your first appointment.


Initial Consultation

The initial appointment is typically one hour in duration. Your child will attend this session for Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy. For Psychology appointments you will need to check if your child is required for the initial consultation at the time of booking.


Information Session

The therapist will ask detailed information about your child’s family history, health and development, education and any concerns you may have.


Goals & Assessment

An assessment may be commenced during this initial appointment and goals for therapy will be established.