Vince Borg: Hi, I’m Vince Borg, the owner of Box Hill Speech Pathology. In this video, Sarah and Rochelle, two of our dynamic speech pathologists will be helping you navigate the journey through teletherapy.
Rochelle: So, today we’re going to be looking at what’s involved in an initial session via teletherapy. Our clinicians work with both children and adults, and they work in a range of different practice areas, including speech, language, literacy, stuttering, tongue thrust, as well as social skills. As such, the sessions would vary between individual to individual. And so today we’re just going to be showing you a general overview of what the process may look like.
Sarah: When you’re ready to book an appointment, contact our reception team, and they’ll organize an initial assessment for you. They’ll ask you some general questions and get some information so that they can match you to the speech pathologist that’s right for you. Once you’ve booked in your initial assessment with us, we’ll send you some forms to fill out, fill those out online, and then send them back to us. When it’s time for your appointment, you’ll need to connect with your speech pathologist by your chosen platform.
Sarah: If you’re using Zoom, click on the link and then your speech pathologist will admit you into the meeting. If you’re using Skype, your speech pathologist will give you a call. Zoom is our preferred platform because of its screen-sharing functions and general usability. But if there’s another platform that you’d like to use, just let us know.
Rochelle: Your speech pathologist will start by asking you some general questions to get some background information about your speech or language concerns, as well as about your general health and development. Next, the speech pathologist might conduct a more direct assessment. Depending on you or your child’s needs, this may involve informal assessment such as listening to speech in a conversational style.
Vince: Now, can you say for me, please, “I went to Surrey Hills and had 77 ice creams.
Patient: I went to Surrey Hills and had 77 ice creams.
Vince: Good girl. All right.
Rochelle: Or it may be conducted in a formal assessment style by asking you or your child to say specific sounds, words, or sentences, or even reading out loud. For younger children, this might also include getting your child to play with something, or it might include getting you and your child to do an activity together. For other clients, such as those seeking tongue thrust therapy, this may include looking into their mouths, as well as asking them to do some specific tasks. Importantly, the assessment will be tailored to you or your child’s individual needs.
Sarah: Make sure you ask your speech pathologist any questions that you might have, it’s their job to make sure you have all the information you need to make a decision about what to do next. After the appointment, you can call our reception team to book in any more appointments.