Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to our most frequently asked questions including what to expect, payment options and our range of services.

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What to expect on your first visit

At Alex V. Speech Pathology, we want to ensure that both you and your child feel completely at ease. The rooms are warm and friendly and there are child-sized chairs and activity table as well as a grown-up chairs across the room for you.

On your first visit, the Speech Pathologist will take some time to get to know you and your child before giving your child some activities to complete. While your child is busy, you will have some time to talk about your concerns for your child as well as any other relevant information about the child’s history.

The Speech Pathologist will then take your child through a range of play-based activities designed to help identify areas of concern. You will receive some initial feedback during the session and, if required, a more detailed report outlining recommendations will be sent to you.

If therapy is recommended, your Speech Pathologist will organise session times with you as well as discuss the type of therapy required. We will help you to understand the methods we are using as well as giving you helpful exercises, activities and strategies for you to use at home.

What payment options do you offer?

Credit Cards & Direct Debit

Alex V. Speech Pathology accepts cash, credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only) and direct debit to our bank account. Please contact us for our current Fee Schedule.

Private Health Funds

Please contact your Health fund to find out if your level of cover provides for speech pathology services. If so, you will be able to use your receipt from Alex V. Speech Pathology to claim for your services.


In some circumstances, a Medicare rebate is available. Speak with your Speech Pathologist for more information.


Early intervention funding for children under the age of six is available for children with Autism (through “Helping Children with Autism”), Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, Prader Willi, Williams, Angelman, Kabuki, Smith-Magenis, CHARGE, Cornelia de Lange or Cri du Chat syndromes or Microcephaly (through “The Better Start Initiative”).

Speak with your Speech Pathologist for more information.

Speech Pathology Services

How do I know if my child needs a Speech Pathologist?

If you notice your child’s speech progressing at a much slower rate than their peers, or if you have a gut feeling that something about your child’s speech and language just isn’t right, it’s best to book an appointment.

What age should my child start speech therapy?

We can treat children from as young as two years old. We are firm believers of early intervention so as soon as you feel that your child requires assistance, please reach out to us for a consultation.

Can you see both of my children at the same time?

We prefer separate appointments for siblings of the same family to maximise their attention with the Speech Pathologist.

How many Speech Pathology sessions will my child require?

This is dependent on the relationship that will be formed between the Speech Pathologist, parent/guardian and child. The relationship will aide in the process of treating the child’s needs and meeting the achievable goals. We therefore, find it difficult to put an exact number of sessions required as this may limit the progress for all parties.

Brisbane & Ipswich

Speech Pathology Services:

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

AVSP uses Dynamic Tactile and Temporal Cueing to treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, which has seen improvement and success with all our patients.

Alternative & Augmentative Communication

Strategies to encourage children to engage in conversation using symbols, signing and technology to promote richer learning experiences.

Assistive Communication for Children

We use assistive communication devices to help children find new and meaningful ways to creatively express themselves and engage in conversation.

Children with Autism

Constructive therapy for children with Autism to assist with their speech, language, literacy and social skills development.

Language Therapy

Helping children with language delay and disorder with speech and interpretation.

Late Talkers

Assistance for toddlers who are struggling to develop language skills at the expected rate for their age.

Literacy for Children

Helping find the basis of your child’s literacy difficulties to build a strong foundation for developing reading, spelling and writing skills.

Fluency / Stuttering

We use speech restructuring techniques to treat children’s stuttering and the anxiety that comes with dilemma of speak.

Social Skills Therapy

Social Communication programs for children who need assistance with using their language skills in a social setting.