Here are some FAQ
Q: Do I need a Doctors referral to see a Speech Pathologist?”
A: No, you can just call or email and book an appointment. In the case that your child qualifies for Medicare rebates, a GP will complete the referral for a Chronic Disease Management Plan
Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: Contact Joy Paediatric Therapy Service by phone on (03) 5976 2570 or 0414071488 or complete the enquiry page on the website. Janelle will call you with 24 hours of your enquiry to discuss our services and any questions or concerns you may have and arrange an appointment time.
Q: How much will Speech Pathology cost? Are there any rebates?
A: Our fees are based upon the type of service we provide and the time that we spend with you and your child. Please see our fees page for further information.
Private health insurance funds generally include Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy in their “extras” cover options. Each insurance funds rebate amounts differ so it is best to contact your fund directly.
Your child may be eligible for rebates for up to five appointments per calendar year, through Medicare. Your GP will need to complete the paperwork for a Chronic Disease Management plan. Please see our fee’s page for more information. Once you pay for the session, your receipt will contain all the information required to claim your rebate from Medicare.
There is also funding available for children through Better Start and Helping Children with Autism. Please refer to our fees and funding page for additional information.
Q: What does an initial Consultation involve?
A: The initial or first consultation is for 90 minutes. This consultation allows the clinician to gain background information about the child and to screen the child’s current level of skills. Information is gathered by discussing the child’s birth, developmental and medical history, as well as the parent’s observations of the child’s speech and language skills. How the clinician screens the child’s current skills depends on the child’s age. For younger children this may involve observing the child playing with his/her parent, interviews with the parents and informal testing activities. For older children the clinician may also administer formal assessments.
At the end of the assessment, the therapist will discuss the results, and advise whether any areas require further assessment, therapy intervention, referral to another health professional or review in 6 months.
Q: What does therapy involve? How long will it take?
A: Therapy sessions are 45 minutes up to an hour (weekly, fortnightly or monthly – your therapist will discuss this with you) A session involves discussing progress from previous session, and new targets and activities are set and worked on. Depending on targets and age of the child, the session may involve play based activities or table top activities. Parents are encouraged to be active participants within the session. All activities have an emphasis on success and positive reinforcement.
At the end of each therapy session, home practise will be given with clear goals and activities. This can also be given to educators at daycare, kinder or school which allows the child many opportunities to practise their new skill and to transfer it into different situations.
How long until your child reaches their goals? This varies greatly depending on the nature and severity of their difficulties. It also depends on the amount and quality of practice done between therapy appointments.
Q: How long till I can get an appointment?
A: We have a team of speech pathologists and occupational therapists and can usually offer an appointment time to suit you within 2 weeks.
To get in touch with us please fill in the form or feel free to call us on
PO Box 3467 Mornington Vic 3931
We are here to answer any questions you have regarding speech pathology and occupational therapy for your child. We will get in touch with you within 24 hours of your enquiry.