How do I choose a speech pathologist?
A lot of people are unaware that they can choose who they want to see. After finding a therapist via Google, the Yellow Pages or Speech Pathology Australia you simply phone the therapist to make an appointment.
Some children are eligible for an Enhanced Primary Care plan or a Chronic Disease Management plan which entitles the recipient up to five Medicare rebated sessions per year. These plans need to be written up by a Doctor and a referral sent to your speech pathologist of choice. If you would like further information on whether or not your child may be eligible please contact your local GP.
There are however, may therapist out there so how do you choose the right one for you child? I suggest you call the therapist and ask some questions. You may like to ask these questions below.
Yes. Every year I complete the required number of hours of learning and training in various areas. I also continue to learn through the provision of mentoring of other speech pathologists and supervising student therapists at the University of Queensland.
The professional self-regulation programme to become a certified practising speech pathologist is a voluntary programme for Practising members of Speech Pathology Australia. This programme provides an objective means of measuring and acknowledging a speech pathologist’s commitment to continuing professional development.Download PDF
Ask any other questions you have. If you have other questions of me please don’t hesitate to call.
You can also search for a speech pathologist via the Speech Pathology Australia website; http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/information-for-the-community/find-a-speech-pathologist
A speech therapist or a speech pathologist is university trained to help people across the lifespan with many forms of communication including; talking, listening, reading, writing and communicating via sign or technology. Speech pathologists also work in the fields of feeding and swallowing.