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Dedicated to helping children
Relate, Think and Communicate

RTC is a paediatric practice that values family empowerment, caregiver training & education to support the communication development of their child. RTC supports a team approach to enable the child to progress on all aspects of their development.

Therapy Services

Speech & Language

Parent Training

Global Developmental Delays

Autism

Ages 0-5 | Early Intervention

Verbal Dyspraxia | CAS

Feeding Difficulties | Fussy Eaters

Down Syndrome

Therapy Approaches

DIR®/Floortime™
Model S Greenspan & S Wieder

PROMPT
Approach

NDT
(Neuro-Developmemtal Training)

Sensory Stimulation
Stategies

Feeding
Therapy

Behavioural Management
Stategies

Language & Speech
Development Programs

Social
Skills

Theraplay®

Forbrain®

Therapeutic Listening
Therapy

Referrals

With the parent’s permission, a child can be referred directly to RTC Speech Pathology.
Please check with your health fund as a rebate may be provided for speech pathology. Clients may also be eligible for a rebate through Medicare if they obtain a referral from their General Practitioner. RTC is registered with NDIS, FaHCSIA and Better Start.
For information about determining eligibility to become a National Disability Insurance Scheme participant, please call the NDIS office on 1300 787 136. RTC Speech can provide assessments and written reports to support NDIS applications.

Frequently asked questions

There are many reasons why your child is finding talking or communicating difficult.  During our initial assessment and with the in-depth parent questionnaire we aim to determine what some of those reasons might be and/or what some of the communication difficulties might be linked to (e.g. developmental delay, Verbal Apraxia of speech, Autism, low oral muscle tone,  sensory processing difficulties, play development, feeding difficulties, sleeping difficulties, hearing (processing of speech) etc.  The earlier we can determine the reason for the communication delay, the sooner the caregiver can be provided with appropriate strategies and be empowered with knowledge to understand and improve the reason/s for the delay/difficulty.  We offer a variety of approaches to treat each child and their unique personalities and reasons for communication delays.  Our assessments are fun for your child, sensory-based and play-based to help your child to build trust, engage well and respond well to strategies we would like to implement.  

By 18 months your child should be using around 25 to 50 single words to express their needs/ideas/requests;  some sounds like r,l,f, c might still be difficult to say but most of their words beginning with m, p, b, w and h will be easier to say accurately
 
Between 18 months and 2 years your child should be putting words together (2 to 3 words) and use around 200 words.
 
By age 3, your child should be using a range of words and short sentences (3 to 5 words) to “talk” to you.  More speech sounds should now be said accurately and be copied well but sounds like th, sh, dg, might still be difficult to say.

Our team is experienced in diagnosing and assisting families to navigate the Diagnostic & NDIS Funding process.  During the initial assessment and sessions thereafter , your concerns around any of the above will be discussed and explained.  This includes the use of Screener Questionnaires, social observations, parent observations, video footage provided, interactions with your child and some informal and informal assessment protocols with the speech pathologist to assist you to understand the reason for the diagnosis, the process and treatment plan.  This is a collaborate team approach with the child, caregiver, speech pathologist and psychologist.