Catherine Downs Speech Pathology takes a
play-based and child-focused approach to therapy. A G.P. referral is not required for Speech Pathology Services.

Speech Pathology services are provided in the clinic, pre-school, home, or school depending on the needs of your child.

Speech Pathology is covered by many Private Health Funds and there are some Medicare subsidies for children who have a referral from their G.P. or Paediatrician.



• Advice about your child's communication development
• Comprehensive communication assessments and reports
• Individual therapy and group therapy
• Clinic/ Home/ Pre-school/ school based assessment
and/or therapy options
• School Readiness Programs
• Screenings
• PROMPT Therapy

• Picture communication and Makaton signs

Catherine works with children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulty with;

• Speech sounds
• Putting words together to communicate
• Understanding others
• Following instructions
• Language development (e.g late talking)
• Behaviour
• Speech fluency (stuttering)
• Voice care
• Reading, writing and spelling (literacy)
• Accessing/understanding the school curriculum
• Social communication

What to expect?
We start with an assessment. A thorough assessment yields information about your child's individual communication strengths and weaknesses, from which an appropriate therapy plan is devised. The results of the assessment are documented in a report for you to keep.  

The therapy plan is formulated in collaboration with each child's parents / caregivers. Weekly therapy plus consistent home practice of therapy target areas is the most effective way to achieve therapy goals. However, frequency of therapy  appointments may vary depending on the specific needs of your child.

Catherine Downs Speech Pathology is approved under the Helping Children With Autism and Better Start Initiatives.

Please do not hesitate to call Catherine on 0417 255 062 for more information.

You can also access information about the above initiatives on the Department of Social Services website.



"1 in 7 Australians have difficulty understanding others
or being understood by others"

(Speech Pathology Australia, 2009)

BA Psychology, BAppSc Speech Pathology, CPSP
Speech Pathology Australia Member: 10187 ABN: 33 730 277 543

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