Services for Children and Families
Pursuit is a mobile Speech Pathology service located in Perth, Western Australia. Providing Speech Pathology assessment and treatment services in a home or school environment means that children often feel more secure and comfortable than they would in a clinic setting. Pursuit Speech Pathology's mobile service means that we see your child in their everyday environment to save you the hassle of coming to us. We currently provide mobile services within a 25km radius of Applecross. Suburbs located outside of these areas are still serviced but incur an additional fee to cover travel time and expenses (please see pricing information below).
At Pursuit, we provide the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a number of speech and language areas. These include:
- Comprehension: The ability to understand spoken and written language
- Semantics: Knowledge of word meanings and the relationship between words
- Narrative: The ability to sequence, tell, retell and write stories
- Grammar: The rules that govern the overall structure of words and sentences
- Phonology or Articulation: Ability to speak clearly and produce words in a manner that can easily be understood by others
- Literacy skills: The ability to read and spell
- Pragmatics or Social skills: The way we communicate socially with others
- Stuttering: Disruptions in the fluency of speech
- Phonological Awareness skills: The awareness of, and ability to manipulate the individual sounds in words.
- Dyspraxia or Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS): A developmental disorder of speech that affects a child's ability to coordinate the muscles required for speech (i.e. lips, tongue, jaw) to produce sounds and words. Often results in difficulty sequencing sounds, producing words accurately and consistently, and producing clear and intelligible speech.
- Language Precursor and Early Language Skills: The skills needed for children to begin understanding and using language. These include play skills, attention skills and interaction skills.
ASSESSMENT An assessment will enable us to evaluate your child's speech and language skills and identify any areas that may require therapy. Each assessment will involve a parent interview to obtain a detailed case history for your child. This will enable us to gain some understanding of your child's medical and developmental history, as well as provide a space for you to outline your concerns. The assessment will also include some play and informal observations to enable the therapist to observe a number of speech and language skills in your child's natural environment, as well as the completion of standardised assessments. The prices for an assessment at Pursuit are outlined below:
At Pursuit, we highly recommend that all new clients undergo an initial assessment when commencing services at Pursuit Speech Pathology. This is because we value best practice and ensures we fulfil our ethical obligations as Speech Pathologists registered with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). SPA advises that all clients should be offered services that are relevant for their needs and that they should receive a written record of all assessment results. This allows for transparency, encourages open communication between the speech pathologist and the client, and ensures that any services offered are regarded as best practice.
Language Development Centre (LDC) Assessments: At Pursuit, we offer assessments as part of the LDC referral process. Language Development Centre referrals may be completed for children entering Pre-Primary and Year One in the following school year. These usually need to be completed a number of months before the end of the year, so it is important that you enquire about these as early as possible to ensure that the referral process may be completed in time. LDC assessments must be completed in conjunction with a Psychologist. LDC assessments usually require two assessment sessions. Due to the in-depth assessment process, including extensive paperwork and liaison with other professionals, LDC assessments are charged at a higher fee than standard assessments. If you wish to discuss an LDC referral for your child, please contact Pursuit Speech Pathology for more information.
Autism Diagnostic Assessments: We can also complete speech pathology assessments as part of the diagnostic process for Autism Spectrum Disorders. ASD assessments usually require two extended treatment sessions. Due to the in-depth assessment process, including detailed assessment, extensive reporting and liaison with other professionals, Autism assessments are charged at a higher fee than standard assessments. If you wish to discuss an Autism Diagnostic Assessment for your child, please contact Pursuit Speech Pathology for more information.
TREATMENT During a treatment session, we will target those areas of speech and language that have been identified as areas of concern. As we are a family-centred practice, we will work closely with you throughout the therapy process to ensure that the services provided are tailored specifically to suit your child and your family. Treatment sessions may be conducted on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis depending on your family's specific needs. The prices for a treatment session at Pursuit are outlined below:
The prices listed above are for mobile visits in suburbs within a 25km radius of Applecross (and include travel costs). Suburbs outside of this radius are still serviced, but incur an additional travel fee (to cover travelling time and expenses). This fee will be adjusted based on your location's distance from Applecross. If you would like to arrange a Speech Pathology assessment, please contact Kate directly for a personalised quote.
Please note: Appointments that are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will incur a fee of $50. Appointments that are cancelled with more than 24 hours notice will not incur a cancellation fee.
These prices were correct at the time of publishing. Prices are subject to change and may vary.
Private health fund: Health fund rebates are available on all assessment and treatment sessions. The amount of rebate depends on the type and the level of your health fund cover. To determine the exact value of your rebate, it is recommended that you contact your health fund directly. After every session, Pursuit will provide you with an invoice that you may take to your health fund to claim a rebate.
Medicare initiative for patients with chronic and complex needs (Chronic Disease Management Plan): Medicare will provide up to 5 rebates per year for those children who have a referral from their GP under the patients with chronic and complex needs initiative. To be eligible for this program, a child needs to have complex care needs that require ongoing support from a multidisciplinary team. For more information and to determine if your child is eligible, please contact your GP.
Medicare initiative for children with autism: This initiative is provided by Medicare to support children who are undergoing assessment, diagnosis and early treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Using this program, a child can be referred by a paediatrician or psychiatrist to access rebates on up to four diagnostic and assessment services, and up to twenty treatment services. These are the total number of services offered to any one child under this scheme and are not an annual entitlement. For more information and to determine whether your child is eligible, please contact your child's consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist.