Assessment

Our Speech Pathologists are qualified to provide comprehensive assessments of your child's literacy skills.  This includes an evaluation of skills that underlie good literacy development, such as your child's speech processing and oral language ability.  

We understand that many clients have already undergone extensive assessments with other speech pathologists and professionals such as: educational/developmental psychologists, audiologists, paediatricans and occupational therapists. Depending on these previous assessments, further assessment may not be required. Instead an initial consultation to discuss treatment options is adequate. Please contact us for further information tailored to your needs.

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The assessment process includes:

  • review of background information and your key concerns
  • administration, scoring and interpretation of assessment results
  • a written report with recommendations
  • a follow-up consultation with parent/s to discuss results and plan for therapy (if required)

The length of an assessment depends on a number of factors, including your child's age and area/s of difficulty. 

Therapy

As there is no one-size-fits-all approach to remediating literacy difficulties, we do not specifically follow any one program. Instead we keep abreast of international research and use a variety of programs to tailor an individualised intervention plan for each client. Each client's response to intervention is key to reviewing and updating their intervention plan.

For more information on literacy click here and for assistive technology click here.

At DARE we use traditional methods of literacy intervention to improve reading, spelling and writing skills. We target the underlying phonological (sound) processing difficulties that underlie literacy difficulties (eg. phonological awareness, rapid naming and components of working memory). Our intervention incorporates the tried and tested methods of the Orton Gillingham approach and more recent neuro-psychological research which continues to build on these principles.
 
We also use assistive technology (AT) as part of a holistic approach to literacy remediation. While many factors are considered before introducing AT (age, severity, comorbid conditions), AT can be as simple as engaging with audio and ebooks or involve more comprehensive options.  For more information on assistive technology please click here
 
We offer 30 - 60 minute individual therapy sessions and during school holidays we run group therapy programs. For upcoming group clinics please see the 'What's Happening' box on the home page.
 
Programs we draw on for individual treatment plans include:
  • Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
  • UQ PAL
  • DARE2READ
  • RAVE-O
  • Dragaon Naturally Speaking
  • Visual Mind Mapping (Inspiration 9)
  • TextHelp Read & Write Gold
  • Word Finding Intervention Program
  • Memory Booster
  • Nessy Learning Programme & Nessy Fingers

Workshops, Presentations & Information Evenings

We provide information for students, parents and professionals on a range of topics including:

  • Literacy development
  • Dyslexia assessment, treatment and accommodations
  • Assistive technology in the classroom and beyond
  • Alternative reading: audiobooks and ebooks
  • Getting organised: using technology tools to help the researching and writing process
  • Writing: from task sheet to submission
  • Program specific training: Dragon Naturally Speaking, TextHelp Read and Write Gold, Inspiration

We are also happy to create novel presentations to suit your needs.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss the above in more detail.

School Visits

It is important to coordinate our therapy with your child's school/school work as much as possible. Phone and email contact with teachers and learning support is often adequate, however children/adolescents transitioning assistive technology into the classroom may need onsite support and in-class consultations can be arranged.

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Payments Accepted

All payments are expected at the time of the appointment or as arranged.  We accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash
  • EFTPOS
  • Credit Card
  • Electronic claiming for health funds is available

‚ÄčFailure to attend or give notice of appointment cancellation may incur charges. For more information regarding our cancellation policy please click here

Rebates

Private Health Fund Rebates

Electronic health fund claiming is available for most private health funds. Click here to find out if your private health fund participates, 

Rebate amounts vary. Contact your health fund provider for rebate details.

Medicare Rebates

Medicare covers Speech Pathology visits for some specific conditions.  Clients must be deemed eligible for a Chronic Disease Management plan (also known as 'Enhanced Primary Care') by their local Paediatrician/General Practitioner and a referral is required. Contact your GP for more information.