The Sociable Group offers strengths-based individual therapy services for children and teens. Our child-centred therapy focuses on embracing individual differences, promoting areas of strength, and supporting any challenges, or areas of need. Centred around connection and joy, individual sessions target child-centred goals through engaging and motivating therapy.
Anyone can refer a child to speech pathology, including parents, caregivers, teachers and doctors. Written referrals are not required for Speech Pathology services. To refer your child to The Sociable Group, simply call 0414 686 054, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact us form.
After your inquiry is received by The Sociable Group, you will be contacted to discuss your current concerns and to book in an initial consultation.
Prior to the initial consultation, we ask parents/caregivers to complete a comprehensive questionnaire to provide us with a detailed case history of your child and any relevant information about current concerns or previous assessments or therapies.
The duration of Initial Assessment sessions varies depending on the child’s age, skills and the specific assessment that is conducted. The time taken for an Initial Assessment is a direct reflection of the time required to administer formal assessments and to gather necessary diagnostic information from parents/caregivers. Generally the duration of Initial Consultations are as follows.
Areas of Assessment and Support
- Articulation and phonology
- Receptive and Expressive Language
- Social Communication
- Meaningful and Authentic Play
- Written Expression
- Phonological Awareness
- Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Life Skills
- Emotional Regulation
- Transition to school (primary/high)
Depending on the outcome of the initial assessment, the speech pathologist may recommend your child receive therapy to facilitate their development. The speech pathologist will discuss with you the recommended session length for your child but typically sessions are of 30, 45 or 60 minutes duration. Ongoing weekly therapy may be recommended, or a short intensive block of therapy, depending on the needs.
Therapy for the younger population is play-based and family centred. We encourage parents to be involved in the sessions and we place high value in training parents to support their children. Therapy sessions with upper primary/high school students are conducted in a one on one context with time allocated for parent feedback at the end of each session.
Home practice is typically provided at the end of each session so your child can work on their therapy targets between therapy sessions. Home practice is an integral part of the therapy process as it facilitates the consolidation and generalisation of new skills learnt.
School Visits and Class Teacher Consultations
The Sociable Group recognises the importance of a collaborative approach when supporting children and therefore value the knowledge and insights of educators. A visit to your child’s education setting can be arranged where beneficial.