Frequently Asked Questions
What is a mobile speech pathology service?
A mobile speech pathology service is the delivery of service by a qualified practising speech pathologist in an environment that best suits you and your family’s needs (e.g. your home, your child’s day care or kindergarten centre, aged care facilities).
How much do I pay for a session?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0475 892 192 for a current fee schedule. For travel greater than 25km from Brisbane CBD, additional fees may apply.
How do I pay?
Payment is required at time of consultation and a remote EFTPOS machine is available for your convenience, allowing processing to debit and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only). Please note that there is a 1.1% fee incurred when processing a credit card transaction.
Consumers with Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) registration are not required to pay as DVA pays on behalf of the consumer.
Do I need a referral?
Self-referrals, referrals via day care centres, kindergartens, aged care facilities and other health professionals are accepted.
Consumers eligible for Medicare – Chronic Disease Management Plan speech pathology services require a referral via a General Practitioner. Click on the link below for information regarding the Chronic Disease Management eligibility requirements.
Consumers with a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Gold card require a referral via a General Practitioner.
How long is a session?
This will depend on a variety of factors:
- age of client (e.g. toddler versus adult)
- purpose of session for child or adult (e.g. assessment versus therapy)
- ability to attend to tasks without distraction
Generally there are 30, 45 and 60 minute sessions available.
What should I do if I need to cancel the appointment?
It is understandable that sometimes you need to cancel an appointment due to circumstances out of your control. It is important that you notify our Practice Co-ordinator on 0475 892 192, at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment.
A fee may be incurred if Administration is not notified within this timeframe. Please ask about the cancellation policy on discussion with our Practice Co-ordinator.
Is my school aged/adolescent child eligible for services?
Chanelle Buck Speech Pathology Services are predominantly provided to children aged 0-6 years and adults 18+ years. However, please do not hesitate to contact the practice, we may be able to assist in your enquiry with your school aged child or adolescent.
Can I claim speech pathology services through my private health insurance?
Please check with your private health insurance provider to determine whether you are entitled to a rebate for speech pathology services. A receipt post transaction is provided for your records to assist in claiming services.
How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
You may or may not notice the following during your child’s play, interaction with yourself/your child’s peers and at mealtimes:
- Does not babble or attempt to talk by one year of age
- No words produced by 16 months
- Delayed development of vocabulary, concepts and grammar
- Does not talk or uses more gestures than words by 2 years of age
- Limited sound repertoire
- Leaving off first and/or last sound of a word
- Inconsistent sound errors
- Speech is difficult for strangers to understand
- Increased frustration during communication attempts
- Increased need for repetition for response to commands, questions
- Decreased/lack of appropriate play skills
- Decreased interest in social situations by age 24 months
- Decreased eye contact
- Delayed response time
- Lack of imitation skills
- Decreased need to communicate wants and needs to others
- Difficulty with transitions
- Perseverative or repetitive behaviours
- Loss of skills previously mastered
- Is a fussy eater and only eats certain types of foods
- Coughs when drinking water or other thin liquids (e.g. juice, milk)
- Has difficulty chewing harder textures
- Has a persistent husky voice unrelated to sickness
- Stutters on the first sound of words
- Has been stuttering for more than 6 months
It is encouraged that you contact a speech pathologist as soon as you notice one or more of these signs. Early intervention assists in improving development of speech, language and feeding skills.
How do I know if someone has a swallowing problem?
Signs of having difficulty with swallowing include:
- difficulty chewing hard foods
- coughing straight after swallowing food, fluid or own saliva
- refusal to eat certain textures of food
- pain on swallowing (odynophagia)
- being unable to swallow
- sensation of food getting stuck in throat/chest (behind sternum)
- wet/gurgly sounding voice after swallowing
If you notice any of these signs, do not hesitate to contact a speech pathologist. These are signs that should be addressed immediately.
Speech Pathology Australia provides some easy to read fact sheets on speech language pathology that can be viewed on their official website: