Speech Pathology

Giving Children the Start in Life They Deserve
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Communicate @ My Therapy Space is a team of experienced, enthusiastic Speech Language Pathologists working in private practice on the Gold Coast.  We work closely with Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy (and very soon psychology) under the one roof.

If you are looking for speech pathology support, then we can help you in the areas of:

  • Speech

    Is your child hard to understand sometimes? Some children may have difficulty producing sounds expected for their age, whilst others may have difficulty with planning the movements needed to produce speech that is clear. After an initial assessment, we can recommend whether your child may need ongoing Speech Pathology intervention to help them to develop clear speech.

  • Language

    There are two parts that we look at:
    Understanding Language -Your child may have difficulty following directions or understanding questions and sentences. It may be hard for them to learn concepts expected for their age such as hot/cold or position words like under/over. We can help with strategies to help children understand language better.

    Expressive Language – Your child may have difficulty with expressing all of their ideas in a clear and concise way. This could include answering questions, use of grammar, putting sentences together, having a large vocabulary of words and telling stories.

  • Literacy

    Your child may have difficulty reading sight words, or reading school readers. Further assessment can determine whether a Speech Pathologist can help with early literacy skills and developing the skills to be a competent reader.

  • Functional Communication & AAC

    If your child has difficulty in getting their message across, then we specialise in introducing Augmentative and Alternative communication to help them communicate. We can help to support your child to develop a core vocabulary that is important to them, using gestures, body language, signs and words.

    This may be also be through the use of symbols, PODD communication books, Speech Generating Device, or Core Vocabulary Boards.

  • Feeding & Swallowing

    If your child has difficulty feeding, swallowing, chewing, or drinking then we can help you. Your child may need support & guidance to transition to a new texture, or to learn to bite, chew, or experience different tastes.

  • Parental Support

    We work in a family centred approach where the whole family is important to us. You are the expert on your child, and we love to work with you in developing goals and strategies to help your child grow. We also know how difficult it can be as a parent, and offer you support to get to the next stage, and are guided by what you as a family needs at any one time.

Our Speech Therapy Approach

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Team Approach

You will be supported by our experienced multidisciplinary team, working in a dedicated team approach, all under the one roof. All of our staff have a minimum of 10 years of experience and have developed specialist skills in working with children.

We follow a family centred approach, recognizing that the family is the most important part of a child’s life. It is the family who will direct the goals, recognize the strengths of the child, and navigate the path that suits their unique needs.

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Play Based

Communicate @ My Therapy Space has purpose built, spacious therapy rooms, so that you are not just sitting at a table.

We love to work in a play based approach, making therapy fun all whilst learning and achieving your goals. You are the expert on your child, so you will be supported to set goals that are important to you and your family.

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Flexible

We see children in our clinic in Burleigh Waters, as well as at home, daycare, kindy or in the school setting.  Families are most welcome to contact us for advice, or information prior to making a speech pathology appointment.

Once you are booked in for an appointment, we offer an initial assessment where we assess and discuss with the family any concerns or issues that they may have.  We will make a plan together, and then book in further therapy sessions as required.

Play Based Team Approach to Child’s Growth

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Interactive Approach

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Family Involvement

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10+ Years Experience

Parent Workshops

Our therapists are all qualified Key Word Sign Language Instructors, as well as Certified Hanen Instructors.  If you would like a workshop run for your childcare centre, school, or family please let us know.  The follow workshops are regularly requested:

  • Key Word Sign

    Workshop

    2 hour, half day or full day workshops focusing on the use of visuals and key word sign to develop speech and language in children.

  • Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk

    Workshop

    The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalised group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together.

  • Hanen: More Than Words

    Parent Training Program

    The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum. 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.

  • Learning Language And Loving It

    Hanen Program for Early Childhood Educators

    The Hanen Program for Early Childhood Educators:  The Learning Language and Loving It Program was designed to provide early childhood educators with practical strategies for helping all children in the classroom build language and social skills, no matter what their learning and communication styles are.

Our Team

Trish Hull

Trish Hull

Co-Founder, Speech Pathologist

Bio

Trish graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 1999 from the University of Queensland. She has been fortunate to gain experience working in Canada, England, China and Malaysia. Trish has extensive experience working with children 0-18 years and adults with learning difficulties.

She has been in teams specializing in disability, education, and early intervention, as well as setting up her own private practice. Since having three children, Trish has a much better understanding of family life and how to plan with families to incorporate therapy goals into every day life.

She is passionate about empowering parents, carers, and teaching staff to help children reach their best potential. Trish’s areas of specialty are in disability, ASD and early intervention for children with speech and language delays. She is a Hanen certified, Key Word Sign instructor and has training in DIR Floortime, Social Thinking & PROMPT.

Lisa Holyman

Lisa Holyman

Co-Founder, Speech Pathologist

Bio

Lisa graduated as a Speech Pathologist from Latrobe University in 1994. Since then she has worked with children from birth to 18 years in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Lisa has specialised in working with children with a disability, in particular children with a diagnosis of autism. Lisa is a Key Word Sign Instructor, and is passionate about supporting children with disabilities to develop functional communication.

Lisa also loves to work in paediatric speech pathology and has specialised in the use of AAC, early intervention, early language development, learning difficulties, and speech disorders. She is a Certified Hanen Therapist, and an advanced PROMPT therapist.

Lisa loves working in a multi disciplinary team supporting children in a family centred model, and feels privileged to be a part of your family’s life.

Rachael Fairhurst

Rachael Fairhurst

Speech Language Pathologist

Bio

Rachael graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009 with a Masters of Speech Pathology. She also holds a Bachelor of Children’s Services.

Rachael has worked as a paediatric Speech Language Pathologist across disability, hospital, community health and private practice settings. Rachael is passionate about providing evidence based speech pathology to young children (0-8 years), including those with significant communication difficulties as well as children with feeding and mealtime difficulties.

She has extensive experience in working as a member of a multi disciplinary team supporting children and their families to optimise communicate and mealtime outcomes. Rachael has expertise in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) including signing, core vocabulary boards, speech generating devices and PODD books.

Rachael is a Key Concepts Sign Instructor, certified Hanen Instructor, PROMPT therapist and trained in a range of mealtime approaches including the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach.

Cathy Trace

Cathy Trace

Occupational Therapist

Bio

Cathy graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 1992. Since then she has specialised in working with children and adults with a disability and global delays.

Cathy’s adventures have taken her to work roles in Australia, England and Ireland, supporting individuals, families and carers as a catalyst to increased participation in home, school and their community. This has included the development of interaction, learning, motor, regulation and sensory processing skills as well as the trial and prescription of equipment and assistive technology.

Cathy is enjoying her new adventure in private practice and working in a supportive multi disciplinary team.

You can contact Cath on 0409 759 548 or by email.

Dominic Gunther

Dominic Gunther

Physiotherapist

Bio

Dominic graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University in 2011. Since graduating she has worked in both public and private sectors where she established her skills and knowledge in the area of paediatrics.

Dominic has a special interest in working with babies and children with developmental delays and neurological impairments to reach their potential for physical function. Dominic has undertaken extensive professional development to provide the most up to date evidence-based practice intervention for her clients.

She has experience in providing hydrotherapy as an alternative to land based physiotherapy. She also has expertise in prescription of assistive technologies for all daily living needs. Dominic is passionate about working with children and enjoys working closely with families to empower and maximize their potential.

You can contact Dom on 0412 922 680 or by email.

Referrals

We accept referrals from parents, carers, teachers, childcare workers, general practitioners and paediatricians.  We can be contacted by phone, or email.  Please visit our contact page.   Families are most welcome to contact us for advice, or information prior to making an appointment.

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Rebates

Our Speech Pathology Clinic is approved and registered for Helping Children With Autism Funding, Better Start Funding, Private Health Fund rebates, Medicare rebates, and NDIS funded families.

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NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a nationally funded scheme that can provide life long support to children and adults with a disability who may need extra support.

Participants who have been assessed, and qualify for NDIS funding develop an individualized plan outlining the supports they need to achieve their goals.

If speech pathology support is identified in their plan, then participants may have the full cost of their speech pathology session covered.

Our therapists support individuals who are either self managed or plan managed through the NDIS. (See NDIS website for futher information – link to fact sheet on NDIS website).

Medicare Rebates – Chronic Disease Management

  • Our clinic is approved to see children that qualify for Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan – formerly an Enhanced Care Plan.
  • Children need to have a referral from their GP for this program.
  • This program supports children who have chronic conditions, needing team care, and who have been deemed eligible by their GP.
  • A rebate for 5 sessions per calendar year is offered. (only part of the full cost of a session is typically covered).

Medicare Rebates – Children with a disability

  • Children under 15 years of age with a diagnosis of Autism or a disability included in the Better Start Initiative, may be eligible for up to 4 assessment sessions, and 20 therapy sessions.  (per child per lifetime).
  • To qualify for this program, children will need a referral letter from their paediatrician.  This letter must be presented to the therapist at the time of the appointment.  (only part of the full cost of a session is typically covered).

Better Start

  • Children under 7 years of age who have a particular diagnosis may be eligible for better start funding.
  • Disability diagnoses included in Better start funding are:cerebral palsy, fragile X syndrome, Down Syndrome, Moderate Hearing Impairment, Moderate Vision Impairment, Prader-Willi syndrome, Williams syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Kabuki syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Rett’s Disorder, Cri du Chat syndrome, Microcephaly.
  • Children registered with Better Start can access up to $12,000 (maximum of $6,000 per year) to pay for therapy services.
  • Our clinic is a registered provider for Better Start for Children With Disabilities Initiative.

Helping Children with Autism Initiative (FaHCSIA)

  • Children under 7 years of age, who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who have a letter of introduction from the Autism Advisor are eligible for up to $12,000 of therapy services (with a maximum benefit of $6,000 per year).
  • Our clinic is registered for Helping Children with Autism Initiative through the Autism Gold Coast Consortium.

Private Health Fund Rebates

Families with extras cover on their Private Health Insurance that includes Speech Pathology may be eligible for a rebate from their private health fund.

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