1. Initial Consultation
The initial in-person consultation takes place with the parent/carer present only.
A consultation is offered either as:
- The first step in an assessment of the person for SLT, OT, or a joint assessment, or
- A stand alone consultation to review an individual’s current needs and to decide on whether therapy is needed and what goals to focus on.
When conducted as the first step in an assessment, it is an opportunity for the parent or carer to discuss any concerns or observations. The parent can also bring any supporting information they may have for the referral and talk openly about their child’s need without fear of the child overhearing or distracting the parent or clinician during the discussion. Once this short consultation has taken place, the next steps are decided – either setting an appointment for the assessment to continue, or to start therapy.
The consultation allows the parent or carer to discuss what their priorities are for assessment and/or therapy. A consultation can help alleviate any concerns, or suggest a best course of action.
A recommendation may then be that the best action is to wait, and then review again in a few months. If at the review, it is felt that there is sufficient concern to conduct an assessment, we will deduct a consultation fee from the overall assessment charge if you proceed with us. This offer is kept open for 3 months from the date of the consultation as we may refer you onwards for an Assessment of Need through the HSE, or other professionals, e.g. audiologist, psychologist, behaviour support, before recommending an assessment.