The speech pathologist will review the information you have provided and allocate you to a triage category. Triage ensures that the most urgent cases are prioritised.
We typically have a waitlist. If a waitlist applies, you will be informed and your name will be placed on the list. The wait time varies for each triage category, with urgent cases seen more quickly.
We will offer an initial appointment when we have space available. We will ask you to complete some paperwork to help us prepare. During the appointment we will discuss your concerns, provide an initial opinion, and discuss recommendations for next steps.
For more information about what to expect, see Initial Appointment.
Depending on your concerns, we may recommend that you see another professional. For example, we may require a hearing test with an audiologist, or a laryngoscopy with an ENT, or a cognitive assessment with a psychologist.
We will gather more information to:
- confirm a diagnosis, and/or
- inform the treatment we provide.
Different assessment procedures are required for different diagnoses. We will discuss the type of assessment required in the initial appointment.
We will discuss the results of the assessment with you. If treatment is recommended, we will discuss treatment options and what is involved. We will also discuss the likely outcomes of treatment.
We will match your diagnosis with current research in treatment for that diagnosis. We will work with you to implement that treatment.
As causes and diagnoses of communication and feeding difficulties can be so different, treatments can also look very different from each other.
For more information about what to expect, see Follow-Up Appointments.
We will review your treatment to ensure that it is effective. We may repeat some or all of the assessment procedure, or may use other tools to assess progress.
We will use the results of your review, as well as current research in treatment outcomes, to determine when you are likely to be ready for discharge. We will work with you to ensure you are prepared for discharge.