We use up-to-date evidenced-based methods to support our assessment processes. We provide assessments for a range of conditions including speech sound disorders, language delays/disorders, literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and early feeding difficulties such as sensory food aversion. The cost of investing in one of our assessments is as follows:
Brief Screening Assessment (45mins to 1-hour): This type of assessment is for those who are unsure if their child's speech, language or literacy skills are on the right track. For example, an educator or teacher may have mentioned there could be a problem and this was unexpected news for the parents. Alternatively, you may want a speech, language and literacy 'health check' or indicator of readiness for school-entry. When initially booking an assessment, our team will take a brief case history to determine if a screening assessment is the best step for your child or if a full assessment is recommended. The cost of a screening assessment is $290.98.
Early Intervention Assessment Session (1.5 hours): This assessment session is designed for children from 2 to 5-years of age (i.e., up to school-entry) and focuses on speech sound development, language acquisition, play skills and social communication development. If required, feeding skills may also be evaluated. This assessment includes a written summary of outcomes. The cost of this assessment is $581.97
Literacy, Language & Speech Assessment (2-hours): This assessment session is designed for children aged 6 to 12-years of age (i.e., primary school aged children) and focuses on comprehensively evaluating your child's reading and spelling skills, written language skills, spoken language development and speech sound accuracy. This assessment includes a written summary of outcomes. The cost of this assessment is: $678.96
Detailed report: A detailed report, instead of a post-assessment written summary, can be provided upon request for a fee of $193.99. Please note this is in addition to the assessment fees listed above.
Following a comprehensive assessment, we may recommend a program of one-to-one therapy with a speech-language pathologist at school/childcare, our clinic or online. Alternatively, we may recommend a home practice program be trialed with email/phone support from one of our speech-language pathologist. The aforementioned will be recommendations only, and our clients are not obliged to sign up for these services.
Our therapy sessions are indexed against the NDIS price guidelines that are released in July each year. However, we do provide discounted fees to families who are unable to access NDIS funding to support access to speech-language pathology services. Our current session fees are:
NDIS Therapy Sessions with a Speech-Language Pathologist:
60-minutes: $193.99 (this session consists of 45-50-minutes face-to-face therapy and 10-15-minutes of non-face-to-face planning and communication time).
NDIS Therapy Session with an Allied Health Assistant (Level 2):
60-minutes: $86.79 (this session consists of 45-50-minutes face-to-face therapy and 10-15-minutes of non-face-to-face planning and communication time).
Private (Non-NDIS) Sessions with a Speech-Language Pathologist:
45-minutes: $139.50 (this session consists of 35-40 minutes of face-to-face therapy and 5-10 minutes of non-face-to-face planning and communication time).
60-minutes: $183.99 (this session consists of 45-50-minutes face-to-face therapy and 10-15-minutes of non-face-to-face planning and communication time)
Private (Non-NDIS) Therapy Session with an Allied Health Assistant (Level 2):
60-minutes: $80 (this session consists of 45-50-minutes face-to-face therapy and 10-15-minutes of non-face-to-face planning and communication time).
For mobile speech pathology services, we charge a travel fee as a fraction of your child's session fee based on time travelled.
Funding Options and Rebates
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): The National Disability Insurance Scheme supports Australians with early developmental differences through early intervention funding as well as older children and adults with significant and permanent disabilities. You may be able to access NDIS support for your child by visiting the NDIS webpage. At The Soundmill Centre, we work with NDIS families who have either self-managed or plan-managed NDIS plans.
Medicare Rebates: Your child may be eligible for an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (Team Care Plan) from your Doctor. You may be able to access up to five allied health sessions per 12-month period. As of August 2023, each rebate for speech pathology services is $58.
Private Health Funds: You may be able to access rebates for speech-language pathology services through your private health fund. You can provide the following item numbers to your health insurer to claim a rebate if your private health includes cover for speech-language pathology services:
Assessment (60-90 minutes): Item 320
Assessment (greater than 90 minutes): Item 330
Therapy Session: Item 340
Important Service Policies
Cancellation Policy: If the unexpected happens, we ask our families to try to give us at least 24-hours notice of a cancellation. This means that another child waiting can have the opportunity to be seen by one of our practitioners. If you think your child may be unwell, please try to contact us the day before their session.
Payment for Services: We currently use an invoicing system for payments and prefer electronic transfers. Invoices must be paid within seven days. Delayed payments will incur a 10% administration fee and ongoing late payments will result in cessations of services.
Compliance: All our practitioners are qualified speech language pathologists with certified practising status with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). All of our practitioners also have up-to-date criminal history checks, working with children checks as well as current mandated notification qualifications.