Assessment

Once we have discussed your concerns and your child’s background history, I use formal assessment (using standardised tests) and informal assessment (play and conversational observations) to find out the difficulties that are impacting your child’s communication and/or learning.

Cost

You are welcome to phone or e-mail me to discuss your concerns for free and see if assessment is appropriate.

Assessment is charged at an hourly rate of $160. Initially a 1 hour appointment will be booked for assessment but further assessment may be needed depending on the complexity of difficulties and age of your child.

You will be offered an assessment report. A fee is charged for reports and this will depend on the complexity of difficulties: $80 for a short summary of assessment findings, $160 for a detailed summary of assessment findings.

To support parents outside of Hamilton, in surrounding areas, I'm happy to travel. Travel outside of Hamilton comes with an extra fee of $30 per session.

I work with children in Hamilton and surrounding areas, who have speech and language communication difficulties such as:

  • Speech delay
  • Speech disorders
  • Language delay (understanding, expressing, processing)
  • Language disorders
  • Social communication difficulties
  • Learning difficulties (particularly literacy)
  • Listening/attention difficulties
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Hearing Loss
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Stuttering/Fluency
  • Down Syndrome
  • Voice Disorders

Therapy

Based on the results of assessment, communication and/or learning goals are set together. Playful therapy programs target these goals in therapy sessions. Therapy sessions are aimed to be fun, age appropriate, use your child’s strengths and interests, and enable your child to experience success in each session.

Homework is recommended with activities to work on (such as worksheets for 4+ year old children) between appointments. Seeing me regularly is a catalyst for change, but family support in daily life is where the change really happens. I highly encourage parent and family participation in practising through the week where possible.

Therapy sessions are typically 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on the age and attention skills of your child and what communication difficulties we are working on. Therapy sessions are usually recommended weekly. Therapy is charged at an hourly rate of $150, i.e. 30 mins = $75, 45 mins $112.50, 60 mins = $150.

As with assessment costs, to support parents outside of Hamilton who live in surrounding areas, I'm happy to travel. Travel outside of Hamilton comes with an extra fee of $30 per session.

Groups

Hamilton Coffee Groups

I love new parents and babies! I can visit your coffee group in Hamilton (or towns nearby) for an hour and answer your burning questions – Are dummies ok? - What about tv/screens? – How can I help my fussy eater? – What do grommets do? - When should I worry if my baby isn’t meeting milestones? - How can I help develop my baby’s speech and language? - Is my baby tongue-tied?

Early detection and prevention can save frustration and hours of therapy later on!

The cost is $150 for a 1 hour visit to your group. $200 for a 1 hour visit and follow-up e-mail to summarise our time together and to point you towards articles of interest. There is an extra fee of $30 for groups outside of Hamilton in the surrounding areas.