Speech Pathology Home Visits
Speech Pathology Home Visits
Is it daunting to think about getting your child ready to head into the clinic for his/her therapy session? Getting your child dressed, packing and getting his bag ready, settling your child into your car/managing your child whilst on public transport, managing your child whilst in the clinic's waiting room....
Whether for a younger or an adult client, a typical visit to the speech pathologist's clinic would involve a journey from home > travel > clinic > travel and then home again. This could prove challenging to busy parents, children with disabilities or adults who have limited mobility. In the clinic, it is a completely new environment again which could prove tricky for children as they might get distracted easily by new things. You can avoid all of that by requesting to have home visits instead! Home visits are way more convenient for you as a client - Sessions can be conducted in the comfort of your own home.
Benefits of speech therapists home visits
Being at home creates a comfortable, warm and calm environment for your child to focus and develop a deeper rapport with the speech pathologist. This helps with the assessment process as we are able to observe how they communicate in their own environment and how they interact with you. It allows your speech therapist to provide a more accurate diagnosis based on the individual's interaction with family members. For kids it will be his/her interaction with siblings, parents and grandparents. For adults we will observe their interactions with a spouse or children present at home. This allows us to explain and model the individual's behaviour to their caregivers. This ensures that the care and attention provided by the caregivers are specifically tailored to the client.
During the speech therapist home visit, we will be able to model our therapy techniques (for children) using their own toys and learning materials. This enables parents to replicate the speech activities effectively using the same toys and materials, supporting your ability to practice outside the session. By engaging a certified speech pathologist for home visits, it transforms the session for the better by making it hassle free for you. In addition, it also allow us to provide a holistic treatment plan for the client in a comfortable environment involving his/her family members and caregivers.
Home visits are especially beneficial for individuals with Autism
Having home visits at home would been minimal changes that your child will have to adapt to when commencing therapy services. Instead of adapting to a new environment, toys and people, your child will only have to start to adapt and build rapport with us! Being in a familiar environment will also make it easier for your child to familiarise himself with the Speech Pathologist.
Our Speech Pathologist are trained in More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties. The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum and with other social communication difficulties. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.
Click on the button below to learn more about the More Than Words® program.
In the post COVID-19 world where cleanliness is as an upmost priority, being able to use your own toys and learning materials would mean zero contact with objects used by various people in the clinic. We have strict hygiene practices to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone involved safe. Our Speech Pathologists will sanitise and disinfect their hands before entering and after leaving any new premise, and will clean all toys or resources that may be shared according to SA Health recommendations.
We are based in the in Adelaide metropolitan area but are flexible with the location for our home visits. Generally, for any travel within a 10 km radius of Adelaide city will be waived of all travel costs regardless of whether our client is covered by NDIS. Travel costs for journeys outside the 10 km radius will be charged accordingly to the NDIS guidelines. For non-NDIS clients, we will strive to provide a reasonable rate to cover our travel costs and time. Please call us for more information.
If you would like to book in a speech therapy session, click on the "book now" button on the bottom right of your screen. Alternatively, call us at 0403 118 979 or email us to book your speech therapist today. If home visits are not practical for your child due to your busy schedule as a parent, then school or childcare visits are fantastic opportunities for us to reach out to your child. Feel free to reach out and discuss this option with us.
If home visits are not practical for your child due to your busy schedule as a parent, then school or childcare visits are fantastic opportunities for us to reach out to your child. Follow the button below for more information.