Frequently Asked Questions

No you don’t need a referral, you can self refer. Just contact us and we can walk you through the process. 

We often refer children to have their hearing assessed when they are late talkers, their speech is difficult to understand or when the child is having trouble following instructions. You do not need a referral to see an Audiologist. 

You can refer to our milestones handouts as a general overview of what to expect at different ages. If you have concerns follow your instincts and get a professional opinion. 

There are many reasons a toddler might be delayed with their first words. We can help you determine what’s going on and help your with strategies to support their communication development at home.

You can read more here 

At Small TALK we are passionate about helping children find their voice. We are skilled in helping: 

Children who are late talkers

Children who are non-speaking or minimally speaking

Neurodivergent children to develop peer relationships and maximise their learning in the classroom. 

No we are not an NDIS registred provider however we can work with clients who are self/plan managed with NDIS. 

Our special interest and skills are helping children and teens aged 1-2yrs up to the age of 18yrs.

Once young people haven completed schooling they are referred onto adult services who can assist with post school options and supports. 

Our office hours are generally 9 –5:30pm AEST (AEDT in summer) Monday to Thursday and 9-12 on Fridays. 

At Small TALK, we strive to deliver a family focused speech therapy service; this means that we spend time within your child’s session providing you with knowledge, skills and strategies to help your child.

To ensure that families are involved in their child’s speech therapy and offer maximum benefit to your child sessions are 45-60 minutes in length.

Yes, we do visit local schools and preschools. 

There are a range of benefits that can be gained from school visit appointments:

  • Assessment of the child’s skills in their social environment.
  • Therapy goals that need to be targeted utilising the child’s peers and natural environment.
  • Working in partnership with teachers and education staff to increase awareness of your child’s strengths and difficulties. Providing strategies that are appropriate for use with your child and education about how to deliver these consistently.

Depending on the location of your child’s school/preschool, outreach visits may be available upon request.

Yes we play, but there is a lot of thought behind the chosen activities which always relate back to each families goals. 

Every activity has a purpose and directly relates to your child’s weekly goals. We often use play as a learning tool for younger children. For older children we work within their interests integrating experiments, craft and gaming to maximise their engagement in the sessions. We understand how important it is for your child to be learning as much as they can in their sessions.

Activities are not pitched at a level that is too hard for the child, as we want your child to thrive on learning as they achieve more and more and build their confidence. 

This is up to you and your goals. 

Each and every child and family is different and this question is best answered by your speech pathologist once she has gained an understanding of your child’s difficulties and the family goals.  Some of our clients with a small number of goals and mild communication difficulties engage in therapy for around 6 months while clients with more complex and severe communication difficulties often engage in our therapy services for a number of years.

Our goal is always to progress your child towards achieving their goals in the most efficient way possible, while ensuring that the skills learnt are maintained and generalised beyond the therapy setting.

The process is collaborative and we work together to set goals with both the family and the child and celebrate as they acheive them. When families are empowered to continue using strategies at home between therapy sessions this is most effective. 


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