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Children’s speech pathology

Speech Pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat children with communication and feeding difficulties.

Speech Pathologists work in community health centres in Northern Sydney LHD. We focus on the first 2000 days with speech pathology services provided from birth until children turn 8 years old. We work in partnerships with families to support children’s communication development knowing parents are their child’s best teacher.

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How do I know if my child needs speech pathology?

How can I refer mychild?

  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai 9485 7569
  • North Shore Ryde

a. RNS/Chatswood 9462 9200

​b. Ryde 9926 5844

What happens after you refer your child?

  • We will call you to book an assessment appointment. Most children are offered an appointment within 1 - 3 months.
  • At the initial appointment or in therapy sessions we might suggest your child is eligible forExternal LinkNDIS ECA funding. We will help you access these services if we think your child is eligible.
  • We will work in partnership with you to plan for your child’s ongoing speech pathology support. This may involve parent training groups, home programming and reviews. There is a waiting list for ongoing therapy sessions.
  • Children with communication delays may require a hearing test prior to commencing regular therapy sessions.
  • Once children commence primary school, they will receive an assessment and consultation only. Children are discharged when they commence primary schooling.
  • Our service works with local universities to provide placements for speech pathology students. Your child may be seen by a student speech pathologist under the guidance of an experienced speech pathologist.

What can I do now to help my child with their communication?

Additional resource links

External Link​Bilingual and multilingual language development​

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