During your online appointment, your speech pathologist will assess where your child is up to and provide intervention based on the agreed goals that have been set for your child. If your child is school-aged, therapy appointments may involve shared book reading, simple text reading, drawing pictures and figures, playing games and writing.
Online speech therapy will also involve parent support and education, just as a face to face session would.
All online sessions are supplemented with ‘support material’ that will be sent to families prior to commencing online therapy.
Online Initial Consultations
Initial consultations are conducted with our Client Experience Officers and involve just the parent/s or carer/s. During this consultation, your child’s needs, strengths and challenges will be discussed, and information will be provided regarding assessments, ongoing therapy and the equipment and set-up associated with online appointments.
Initial consultations run for 15 minutes.
Like face to face assessments, online assessments will involve both parent and child. The speech pathologist will present images and questions to aid in the assessment of your child’s skills and challenges, and will discuss any interim results and observations with you.
Online assessments run for 30 or 50 minutes.
Online Speech Therapy Sessions
For younger children who are not yet ready or able to sit in front of a camera for a certain period of time, online therapy follows a parent-based model. The parent-based model is the best approach for online intervention for younger children as it enables our speech pathologists to work directly with you, the parent. Through ongoing support, guidance and training, our speech pathologists provide you with the skills to deliver ‘therapy’ and support your child in everyday environments, including home.
For school-aged children and those who can actively participate in an online therapy session, our speech pathologists will utilise interactive games, stories and discussions to help your child build their communication skills. During these online sessions, our speech pathologists will also provide support and advice for parents so you can continue therapy outside of the online appointment.
All online therapy sessions will be supplemented with support materials that will be sent to families prior to their appointment.
Online speech therapy sessions run for 30 or 50 minutes.