Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, not always. Simply contact Sharnay and she will be happy to discuss the requirements.

What do sessions cost?
Prices will depend on the type of session offered. It’s best to contact Sharnay to discuss this in more detail.

Can I claim a rebate from Medicare?
Certain referrals from your GP or paediatrician are eligible for a rebate. This is usually when they are part of a care plan. Please contact Sharnay to discuss in more detail.

How many sessions will my child need?
There are many factors and variables that influence a child’s rate of progress in therapy, therefore it is difficult to predict treatment length. Depending on the nature and severity of the difficulty your child has, therapy could last from just a few weeks to a number of months.

Children with complex needs may need longer term support. Following the assessment, Sharnay will be happy to discuss your child’s individual needs with you.

How long are appointments?
The initial assessment generally takes 60-90 minutes and therapy sessions vary between 30-45minutes depending on the age and needs of your child.

How can I tell if my child has, or may have a speech or language difficulty?
It’s not always easy to tell if a child has a speech or language difficulty. Children who struggle in this area often do well with other aspects of their development.

You need to compare your child’s speech and language with what most other children the same age are able to do BUT at the same time, remember that different children develop speech and language at very different rates. Contact Sharnay to discuss your concerns.

Why is early assessment by a speech pathologist important?
Whatever the outcome, assessment of your child’s situation is the best way to find out what you and other people can do to help.
It’s never too early to help a child’s speech and language development. If your child has difficulty learning first words or getting started in language development, there are important pre-speech skills to learn that you may need professional help to understand or encourage.