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.
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.
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.