Hills District Speech Therapy have developed a well refined method for processing and responding to all inquiries we receive about our paediatric speech pathology services.

What do we Offer?

Welcome to Hills District Speech Therapy! Our team of Speech Pathologists are trained to comprehensively assess and provide therapy in all aspects of speech, communication and language development, encompassing the following areas of practice. Click on the icons to learn more about our approaches and assessment and intervention services.

Speech Sound Delays & Disorders

Early Communication & Play Skills

Expressive & Receptive Language

Stuttering

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Written Language

Reading Comprehension

Pre-Literacy & Literacy Skills

Social Skills/Pragmatics

Language & Learning Disabilities (Including Autism)

The Enquiry & Booking Process

1. Process Enquiry

Welcome to Hills District Speech Therapy. You may have already left us a voicemail, message or email indicating your interest in our service/s. Your message has been received and directed to one of our senior speech pathologists who will begin the formal intake process with you. 

2. Intake Call

A senior speech pathologist will contact you to obtain additional information around you/your child’s needs to help us best direct you to the ideal service and best suited team member. The therapist will advise of costs and availability prior to booking you in for a service or meet and greet with one of our lovely speech pathologists. 

3. Booked Appointment

The therapist may advise you book in for a comprehensive speech pathology assessment which will allow us to better capture and analyse you/your child’s communication profile. You will receive a booking confirmation email containing forms to complete prior to attending HDST. An SMS confirmation will also be sent prior to the initial consultation. 

I’m booked in for my first consultation at HDST. What can I expect after this?

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Assessment

A thorough initial assessment allows us to collect all the required information, so we can then carefully analyse and interpret the findings to formulate an appropriate intervention plan.
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Service Agreement

We believe in transparency, so we will discuss and create a service agreement with all our NDIS registered clients. This involved developing specific goals derived from your NDIS plan and selecting an appropriate package of services for the duration of the agreement.
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Reporting

All initial and review assessments come with a comprehensive and individualised report which include findings, explanations, interpretations, insights, valuable recommendations and an outline of intervention plans. These reports are then provided to all members of the team (e.g. Paediatrician, OT, teacher) to establish a strong starting point to the intervention process.
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Planning Intervention - Setting Goals

Goal selection is essential to progress. Carefully selected goals and targets, based on evidence-based practice can mean lots of time and money saved. We want your child to make the most gains in the shortest amount of time! Your intervention will be under the watchful eye of the team, supervisors and we set out to take a holistic approach in order to optimise progress.
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Regular Sessions

For most therapy to be effective and gains seen, frequent and intensive practice is required. This is why we need you to commit to regular sessions in which we guide you with what needs to be done in home practice sessions. Practice sessions at home are crucial to progress.
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Collaboration

We value the importance of team collaboration and therefore emphasis is placed on liaising with carers, school staff and other professionals involved in the care of your child. All of our therapists also work directly from schools and preschools within the area and therefore have an understanding of the need for there to be a team effort in supporting any child with communication/learning difficulties.
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Reviews

We will suggest reviews every 6-12 months, whereby we can formally evaluate progress. Progress monitoring is however occurring at each session – our decisions for the next session are based upon data collected and goals obtained in the last session as well as your feedback and observations.
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Maintenance

We want you to maintain the gains you make in therapy! We will recommend a maintenance plan once the majority of goals are reached in order to ensure the skills continue to generalise into everyday life.