Why is an assessment needed?
Before a professional is able to develop an individual plan that efficiently addresses the individual needs of your child, they need to understand your child's skills and areas of challenge. Without this level of understanding intervention is 'hit and miss' and is likely to result in more time and financial resources being spent to reach the necessary goals.
While an appropriate assessment involves an investment initially, it is ultimately more cost effective than engaging in therapy that isn't targeting the needed areas accurately. Professionals spend a lot of time in the assessment process outside of the time you spend with them. They read notes, select and prepare assessment materials and after the assessment score and interpret the information. Detailed information about what happens in an assessment is included on the assessment page.
To provide families with more options for the level of written reporting and funding they require to start their child in therapy we separate out the cost of the written reports. This enables families who don't need a written report to save the costs associated with the clinician writing the report, and frees up clinicians to complete more direct work with children in providing intervention. You can discuss whether you need a report with your clinician during your assessment session to ensure you have the information you need to make the right decision for you. Our fees for reports and letters are:
- $42.50: Score sheet only (15 mins)
- $85.00: Programs, learning plans etc (30 mins)
- $170.00: Full written report including recommendations and strategies (1 hour)
Written reports are not eligible for rebates from Medicare or health insurance companies at this stage. Whilst test scores are recorded for each assessment, they are not provided if no report is requested.
Written reports are only able to be requested within 2 weeks of the final assessment date and need to be funded at the time of request. If delayed longer than 2 weeks some of the finer details of the child’s presentation are likely to be forgotten, compromising the quality of the report. We highly recommend a written report so you have a documented record of the assessment outcomes. A written report will enable you to share the information collected with other involved professionals and to assist in supporting requests for funding or supports.
Speech Pathology & Occupational Therapy assessment
The time required to complete assessment varies depending on the age of the child, how they manage the assessment process and the information that is needed to establish their needs. The following is a guide for the typical time frames required for each assessment type:
- 1 hour: Initial appointment where assessment was completed in last 6 months and report has sufficient information to plan therapy
- 1.5 hours: Fluency assessment with a speech pathologist
- 1.5 hours: Communication assessment with a child aged under 5 years of age
- 2 hours: Communication assessment with a school aged child
- 1.5 hours: Feeding/Picky eaters assessment
- 1.5 to 2 hours: Occupational therapy assessment
The charts below provides a starting point of assessments and costs associated with each service.
Speech Pathology & Occupational Therapy fees
|Length of assessmentLength||Cost with no report$ no report||Cost with scores only$ with scores||Cost with full written report$ with report|
A $75 deposit is required to book time for an initial assessment. The deposit will be deducted from the amount due for payment on the day of the assessment. Where we need to bill services through the NDIA portal we will bill the current NDIA rate. Please contact us for further information.
Autism Spectrum assessment fees
|Assessment TypeAssessment||Fee 2017Fee 2017||Gap with Medicare ReferralGap|
|Individual Assessment (2 x 1 hour sessions)||$600||$460 (approx)|
|Joint Assessment (morning and afternoon on same day)||$1100||$820 (approx)|
Note: Out of pocket expense with maximum possible Medicare rebates are shown. Rebates may be available from your private health fund or Medicare. When a rebate applies families pay for the service costs upfront and Medicare pays back a rebate directly to the family.
If your child requires a learning, cognitive or educational assessment by a psychologist please enquire as to appointment availability. A quote will be provided for you if we are able to accommodate the assessment in the psychologist's calendar.
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