Child Development Service
Speech pathologists are professionals who can assist in the assessment and treatment of communication and feeding. Within the Child Development Service Speech Pathologists offer a range of services including assessment and advice and strategies to assist parents support the development of their children 0-6 years in the areas of:
- Understanding language
- Combining words into sentences to express meaning
- Speaking clearly so others can understand the message
- Stuttering on words and sounds
- Social communication skills e.g. difficulties interacting with others
- Breast and bottle feeding
- Transition to solids
For more information about the Speech Pathology profession see Speech Pathology Australia.
How We can Help
Drop-In Clinics for Speech Pathology
Attendance at a Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinic provides parents in the ACT with an opportunity to discuss issues about their child's communication skills with a speech pathologist.
Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinics are available for children 0-6 years who have a residential address in the ACT and have not had contact with the NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention service partner, EACH.
Drop-In Clinics take the form of an informal discussion and screening of skills and is not a formal assessment.
No appointment is necessary, an approximate timeslot will be provided upon arrival. You should expect a waiting period to see a therapist, and this will vary depending on the number of people who attend the Drop-In Clinic. There are a limited number of people who can be seen within the Drop-In Clinic session and if the maximum number is reached parents will be advised to attend another Drop- in Clinic or contact the Intake Service.
A parent or guardian will need to accompany the child to the Drop In Clinic, if this is not possible, the person bringing the child must bring written consent from the parent or guardian.
Parents and guardians may attend any Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinic across different locations in the ACT. Click here for further information about dates and locations for Drop-In Clinics across Canberra. If further assessment is recommended following the Drop-In, a referral will be made to the appropriate service.
Please note we are unable to address concerns regarding feeding and swallowing issues at a Drop-In Clinic. If you have concerns in these areas please phone the Intake Service on (02) 6205 1246 to discuss a possible referral.
A written summary of the Speech Pathology Drop-In session is provided for parents.