Telehealth Speech Pathology: Bringing Expert Care to Your Home
Welcome to Physio Inq's Online Speech Therapy (Telehealth) - Your Immediate Connection to Expert Care in Telehealth Speech Pathology
Need help with speech? Our speech pathologists are here for you, no matter the situation. Whether you prefer online speech therapy appointments, live in remote areas, or are in lockdown, our team of speech therapists is available around the clock and are based in all parts of Australia.
A Wide Range of Speech Pathology Options Online
Our online speech therapy sessions offer the same great care online as we do face-to-face. With video call assessments and service delivery, our speech pathology services are delivered seamlessly. Through provisional diagnosis, comprehensive advice, therapy supervision, treatment techniques, and in-home self-management, we bridge the gap between virtual and physical therapy. At Physio Inq we can see clients without a referral for Speech Pathology.
Start Early with Telehealth Speech Pathology
Starting speech therapy early is vital. Many families face long waits for speech pathology intervention. With our telehealth services, we ensure important developmental stages aren't missed. Use our simple online platform to navigate technical support issues and communicate with our speech pathologists. We evaluate individual procedures and support technology to provide the right plan for you.
Online Speech Therapy Experts
Our dedicated team of telehealth speech pathology specialists focuses solely on this vital service. Positioned across all time zones in Australia, we accommodate specific situations for clients wherever they are located. From paediatrics to adults, we offer telepractice services, manage materials, and ensure speech intelligibility. With video call assessments and service delivery, our speech pathology services are delivered seamlessly from anywhere in Australia.
Get In-Person Quality Care Online
Your therapist will hear your concerns and help you reach your therapy goals. You'll get the same quality care from the comfort of your own home from the same speech pathologist. Our service provider ensures a clear connection, end-to-end encryption, auditory comprehension, and much more.
Join Us for a Smooth Online Therapy Experience
Our platform functionality prior to the clinician site supports your needs. We assess individual clients, support workers, provide remote therapy, and manage training in telepractice services. Our video conference platforms, document cameras, and drawing tools permit flexibility in therapy.
During a Telehealth appointment, your therapist will:
- Listen, assess, and treat your concerns
- Demonstrate and explain treatment techniques in easy-to-understand language
- Provide education and self management techniques
- Create and develop a unique speech program and plan
- Work with you to set a plan on how best to manage you concerns
- Advise in appropriate follow-up and book in ongoing sessions when works for you
- Propose any relevant equipment or treatment aids that may be required
- Directly refer on to other allied health services if appropriate
Did you know Physio Inq is a NDIS provider?
Speech Pathology services to participants in the NDIS is an area very dear to Physio Inq’s hearts. Assisting those in need is what makes that our dedicated team of Speech Pathologists get out of bed every day with a spring in their step. We were one of the first NDIS Speech Pathology providers in Australia, being involved with the first rollout in NSW.
Our Physio Inq Speech Pathologists can help with a wide range of speech disabilities including:
- Vocabulary comprehension
- Ability to follow directions
- Autism or Asperger’s affecting social skills
- Social skills to interact with family and peers
- Clients who use symbols or sign language to communicate
- Difficulty swallowing food or drinks
- Slurred or imprecise speech
- Difficulty understanding what others are saying or writing
- Coughing or choking episodes during meals
- And much more
We provide care in the areas of acquired communication and swallowing disorders including those associated with brain injury, progressive neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, dementia, head and neck cancer, and a multitude of voice disorders among others.
Physio Inq speech pathologists create a custom treatment plan to improve your specific communication challenges - whatever those challenges may be.
About Physio Inq's Care
- Strong history in telehealth
- Over 20 clinical experts in services for telehealth & online therapy across Australia
- A commitment to expediting referrals based on clinical needs
- Dedicated contact person for your business
- Access to multiple disciplines and services under one roof
- Large geographical coverage
- High quality reporting
- Experienced clinical staff
Today Physio Inq is pushing allied health in a new exciting and accessible direction for all Australians through it's telehealth services.
Why worry about the stresses of parking and traffic when you simply don't have too anymore. Our Allied Health Team are currently serving the following states in Australia;
Speech Pathology Telehealth
Benefits of Telehealth Over Traditional Therapy
1. Location Independence
Telehealth Speech Pathology allows clients to access therapy from any location. This is especially beneficial for those who live in remote areas without nearby speech pathology clinics or for those who frequently travel.
2. Reduced Travel & Associated Costs.
Clients no longer need to factor in travel time, transportation costs, or parking fees. This is particularly advantageous for those with mobility challenges or those without easy access to transportation.
3. Flexible Scheduling.
Telehealth provides a distinct advantage in terms of scheduling flexibility. For families with children, it can be challenging to juggle school hours, extracurricular activities, and other clinic appointments. Telehealth allows for therapy sessions to be scheduled around these commitments, ensuring that children don't miss out on crucial interventions.
For the aged care and elderly sector, traditional clinic hours might clash with other medical appointments or the preferred routines of older individuals. Telehealth can accommodate these unique needs, offering sessions at times that don't disrupt the established schedules of our senior population. This flexibility ensures that elderly clients receive consistent care without overburdening their already busy medical and personal calendars.
4. Comfort & Familiarity
Receiving therapy in one's own home can reduce anxiety and help clients feel more at ease, especially children or those who might be intimidated by a clinical setting.
5. Safety & Health
Telehealth eliminates the risk of exposure to potential illnesses in clinic waiting rooms, a significant advantage during flu seasons, pandemics, or for immunocompromised individuals.
6. Consistency in Attendance
Bad weather, transportation issues, or minor illnesses might cause clients to miss in-clinic appointments. Telehealth reduces these barriers, ensuring more consistent therapy attendance.
7. Expertise Across All Domains of Speech Pathology
Telehealth isn't just about convenience; it provides access to a wealth of knowledge in every facet of speech pathology. Our team, dedicated full-time to the telehealth speech pathology space, is skilled in all areas, from paediatrics to aged care. This full-time dedication ensures that every client receives tailored care suited to their unique needs, backed by the latest advancements and best practices in telehealth.
For families with children, it's vital to have support from those well-versed in paediatric speech pathology. Early intervention is crucial, and our team, with their focused expertise in telehealth, is adept at addressing the developmental challenges children might face, all while accommodating the busy schedules of school and extracurricular activities.
In the aged care and elderly sector, distinct challenges arise. Our experts, who have honed their skills specifically in the telehealth domain, understand the intricacies of speech and communication issues that can emerge with age. They're trained to offer therapy that not only fits seamlessly into the daily routines of our senior clients but also addresses their specific needs with care and precision.
By opting for Telehealth with us, clients are not just selecting a convenient mode of therapy; they're ensuring that they're connected with professionals who are fully immersed and trained in the telehealth speech pathology landscape, be it paediatrics, aged care, or any other area of speech pathology.
8. Enhanced Resources & Tools
Telehealth platforms often integrate advanced digital tools, interactive apps, and resources that can enhance the therapy experience beyond what might be available in a traditional clinic setting.
9. Immediate Documentation & Feedback
Digital platforms can provide real-time feedback, progress tracking, and session recordings, allowing clients and therapists to review and reflect on sessions as needed.
10. Family & Caregiver Involvement
Telehealth makes it easier for family members or caregivers to be involved in the therapy process, attending sessions or receiving direct guidance from therapists on how to support the client's speech journey at home.
While in-clinic speech pathology offers the advantage of face-to-face interaction in a professional setting, Telehealth Speech Pathology presents a suite of benefits tailored to the contemporary needs of both individual clients and their families. It provides a harmonious blend of convenience, innovation, and flexibility. Moreover, with Telehealth, clients often benefit from reduced waiting lists, making it an increasingly attractive option for many seeking timely speech therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 'mobile' Speech Pathology ?
Mobile Speech Pathology is the term we use to describe Speech Pathology that comes to you. We are able to deliver the service in your home, or anywhere you prefer in your community. This could be your home, pre-schools, primary schools, childcare centres, high school and nursing homes. Our Mobile Speech Pathology team come to you.
What can speech therapy help with?
Speech- pathologists are integral in helping to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
This may include ways to improve speech clarity or fluency, or signs, symbols, gestures, and other forms of assisted communication.
Speech pathologists can also assist people who have trouble swallowing food and drink.
What does a Speech Pathology session consist of?
Our Speech Pathologists provide a person centred, and goal orientated service. We work with you as a team to provide best in market care. At your first session, the Speech Pathology will be sure to introduce themselves, and listen to your around your concerns, history and why you are engaging in Speech Pathology. They will also review any reports, plans or relevant medical information also.
After listening to your concerns and goals - your Speech Pathologist will take you through a selection of assessments to establish your needs.
After a comprehensive assessment, the Speech Pathology will discuss with your outcomes, and propose an agreed treatment plan to help you achieve your desired goals from treatment.
How soon can I get an appointment?
We have a dedicated customer service team to assist you in booking an appointment. They will discuss with you your needs, any treatment preferences and where you would like to be seen (in your home, community etc).
At Physio Inq we aim to see all new clients as soon as possible - to meet your needs. In many areas we have immediate availability, meaning you can be seen inside 48 hours. In areas of longer wait times, we of course communicate this with you and book a time suitable in the future.
What do I need to bring along to my first appointment?
It is helpful if you have any information or reports from your General Practitioner (GP) that may be appropriate and may assist us in understanding what your needs are. If you are an NDIS participant, a copy of your NDIS Plan Goals is also helpful to guide our assessment and identify what areas you may require our assistance.
How much does it cost?
Our prices vary dependent upon services required and your geographic location. A copy of our price guide can be found here. Our customer service team will provide you with your pricing based on your individual circumstances in your initial contact with them.
How do I pay for my treatment?
If you are NDIA managed, Plan managed, Self managed or Private we are able to easily accommodate payment for our services. For Self managed we offer a Direct Debit mechanism that reduces administration for both you and our therapist, leaving you more time to receive our great services. The direct debit will take place 5-7 days after your appointment to allow you ample time to claim from NDIA beforehand.
EFT/Square payment (more detail below) are also available upon request. For Private clients our therapists take credit or debit card payments on the spot via their Square payment device. you will be issued with an invoice upon completion of your appointment to help facilitate any claim from NDIA or your Health Fund.
If you are NDIA managed, Plan managed, Self managed or Private we are able to easily accommodate payment for our services. For Self managed we offer a Direct Debit mechanism that reduces administration for both you and our therapist, leaving you more time to receive our great services. The direct debit will take place 5-7 days after your appointment to allow you ample time to claim from NDIA beforehand. EFT/Square payment (more detail below) are also available upon request. For Private clients our therapists take credit or debit card payments on the spot via their Square payment device. you will be issued with an invoice upon completion of your appointment to help facilitate any claim from NDIA or your Health Fund.
How much do I get back from my health fund?
Rebates from your health fund is dependent on your level of insurance cover. We encourage you to call your personal health fund to ask what your package rebate amount is. It varies from package to package, with some clients earning up to an 80% rebate on the cost of their sessions.
How long are the consultations?
Consultation length varies dependent on your individual needs. Our initial consultations may take up to 1 hour and follow up sessions may vary but most commonly are an hour in duration.
Do I need a referral for speech therapy?
No you do not. At Physio Inq we can see clients without a referral for Speech Pathology. We are able to work with you to establish your needs and assist in getting a referral should that provide additional funding for you for services.
I am a Support Coordinator, how can I refer Physio Inq my participants?
At Physio Inq, we are happy to accept referrals in your preferred method, these include:
Phone: 1300 731 733
What states in Australia do you cover?
We are currently covering New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia
Are you NDIS registered?
Yes. We were one of the first NDIS Allied Health providers in Australia, being involved with the first rollout in NSW. We know NDIS very well and our therapists are highly trained in the scheme.
Do you see clients under My Aged Care?
Yes, we do see clients under My Aged Care who have their packages managed by a Provider. If you would like to see us, we will organise an agreement with your Home Care Package manager to provide services under your package funding.
What is the difference between speech therapy and speech pathology?
There is no difference. The term speech pathology is more commonly used in Australia than speech therapy, however they are both the same profession. All speech pathologists/therapists are required to complete a university qualification and be registered with Speech Pathology Australia.
What is early intervention speech therapy?
Early Intervention is the term used to describe the services and supports that are available to babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Speech Pathology has been shown to be very effective as part of an early intervention program.
Does speech therapy work for toddlers?
Yes - Speech Pathology does work for toddlers.
Speech pathologists are university trained professionals who can help toddlers with:
- Speech and sound generation
- language development
- Reading and writing
- Social skills
Speech Pathologists assist toddlers find the best way to communicate to meet their needs. This might include strategies to improve speech clarity or fluency, or signs, symbols, gestures, and other forms of assisted communication.
Speech Pathologists can work in kindergartens and schools, hospitals, early intervention programs, community health centres, mental health services and private practice.
How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?
Your child may benefit from Speech Therapy if they are struggling with communication including:
- Not formulating words or communicating at age appropriate levels
- Problems with others understanding what they are saying
- Difficulty understanding what other people say.
- Frustration with difficulty with communication
- Difficulty projecting their voice
- Stuttering, or
- A speech impediment/list
Does speech therapy work for adults?
Yes - Speech pathology can have great results with adults. When we think of lisps and speech impediments, we often only think of children. Yet, there are many reasons why adults could benefit from speech therapy.
An adult who would benefit from speech pathology might have the following symptoms:
- Difficulty speaking clearly
- Issues with swallowing
- Difficulty stringing words and phrases together
- Difficulty reading and writing
- Dry mouth
- Stuttering and lisps
- Chronic sore throat or pain in the vocal cords
Can speech therapy help stuttering?
Yes - A speech pathologist is trained to assess and treat stuttering. If a child stutters for some years, it can be harmful, even if natural recovery occurs without therapy.
For this reason, it is recommended that all pre-school children who start to stutter receive therapy.
For older children, adolescents and adults, a speech pathologist can recommend treatment to reduce the impact of stuttering on daily life.
Does speech therapy work for autism?
Speech therapy assists with challenges of language and communication often experienced by people with autism spectrum disorder. It can help people with autism improve their verbal, nonverbal, and social communication.
A speech pathologist may look to improve spoken language, assist in development or improvement of nonverbal skills such as gestures or signs, or work with someone to learn to communicate using an alternative method (such as pictures or technology).
My relative cannot speak English, I would like to attend the treatment session with them in order to translate, is this ok?
Under the NDIS scheme we have access to interpreters who can be arranged free of charge to come to the initial assessment to assist with the appointment.
Simply let us know if you need this and we will arrange this for you.
Otherwise, we are able to organise sessions when family members might be present to assist with communication, or match the client with a therapist who speaks the same language if that is available.