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The DPV Health Speech Pathology Service is designed for young children, up to school entry age, who are experiencing difficulty with their speech and language development, yet have normal development in other areas. A Speech Pathologist can help your child to develop speech, language and communication skills.

Our team of speech pathologists is committed to providing a quality service for young children. We follow a family-centred and community-building approach. We pride ourselves on working in partnership with you and your child to provide the best opportunity for your child to develop their speech and/or language skills.

We can assist with the following:

  • Articulation/phonology; producing speech-sounds correctly
  • Receptive language; understanding what others say
  • Expressive language; using words to form sentences and express ideas
  • Fluency; producing a smooth flow of speech
  • Voice; using an appropriate voice quality
  • Pragmatics; understanding and using appropriate social communication skills

After assessment of your child, we will work with you to create a Speech Pathology Care Plan to help your child achieve the plans’ agreed goals.

Therapy programs may consist of one or more options, including group therapy, individual sessions, blocks of therapy, a home program, monitoring and review.

Our service is designed for young children, up to school entry age, who are experiencing difficulty with their speech and language development, yet have normal development in other areas.

Fees may apply, depending upon your family’s income level. Services is free for low income families or Health Care Card holders.

To discuss making a referral to the Paediatric Speech Pathology service, please contact our Intake Team on 1300 234 263.

We also accept referrals from your GP, paediatricians, specialists, Maternal and Child Health Nurse or other health professional, Early Years educators, carers or family members. All referrals must have parental consent.

Health professionals are requested to send referrals by:

  • E-referral via Connecting Care
  • Fax 8339 9898 for City of Hume Locations
  • Post to PO Box 197 Glenroy 3046 for City of Hume locations.

For current clients that would like to book or cancel appointments, contact Reception on 1300 234 263.

Our service helps children with speech and language difficulties but, if a child is also experiencing difficulties in other areas (such as balance, behaviour, motor skills and self-help skills) they may require referral to a specialist Early Intervention Service or the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Wait lists may apply and priority is given according to identified needs.

The following information is required at the time of referral:

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Current address and telephone number
  • Parent/caregiver name/s
  • Reason for referral
  • Any other relevant information

An interpreter service is available at no extra cost.