Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Clinic

For children aged 3-12 years with diagnosed or suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Clinic at the University of Melbourne is a specialised, intensive therapy clinic for children with diagnosed or suspected CAS. The intensive clinics run in January, July and November of each year.

Who is this clinic for?

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a difficulty that impacts on children’s ability to make accurate movements when trying to produce the sounds of speech. This is sometimes referred to as problems with speech motor planning or execution (movement).

Children with CAS have unclear speech and may have shown little progress with traditional forms of speech treatment which do not target the motor planning and execution issues underlying CAS. CAS is diagnosed by a speech pathologist.

Children with diagnosed or suspected CAS can register for our intensive clinics.

How is this clinic run?

The clinic runs for an intensive period of 4 or 5 weeks, at three time points throughout the year: January, July and November.

Children attend the clinic three times per week during the intensive period. They are also asked to complete tasks at home to practice their new speech movement patterns.

For each child, we provide a comprehensive assessment and a written report. Initial appointments are for up to 60 minutes and general focus on assessment and getting to know the client’s needs. Treatment appointments are for up to 45 minutes; we use the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme to target speech areas tailored to children’s individual needs.

This is a student run clinic. Student speech pathologists are supported by an expert speech pathologist throughout appointments, and either or both may be in the room with you for your appointment.

You may be invited to participate in research as part of this clinic.

  • Our approach to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

    We use the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme, an evidence-based treatment option for CAS. Based on the principles of motor learning, the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme is designed to help children build speech planning and execution skills from the bottom up.

    The clinic involves therapy sessions working on a number of speech targets tailored to the child’s difficulties. The intensive structure of the program provides children with opportunities to build motor programs for speech through repetitive practice and structured feedback. Children can work on practicing specific sounds and structures as well as natural sounding speech.

Do I need a referral?

No, you can fill out our online form (below) to register your interest in the next clinic and we will contact you with more information and specific dates. There is a limited number of places available for each of the intensive programs, so we suggest that people register their interest in the program as soon as possible.

Depending on your child’s history, we may ask that your child attend a clinic session with you prior to the CAS intensive clinic sessions, so that we can do some assessment to ensure that this clinic is right for them.

What are the fees?

  • First session (assessment): $100 (concession: $60)
  • Subsequent sessions: $70 (concession: $40)

Concession rates for our clinics are available for those with a valid Health Care Card.

Due to requirements of Private Health insurers and Medicare, services provided by The University of Melbourne Speech Pathology Clinic are not refundable through Medicare or Private health insurers. We also do not currently offer services through NDIS.

Fees must be paid on the day of the appointment.

Request an appointment

If you are interested in attending this clinic, complete our online form:

Request an appointment

Alternatively, contact the University of Melbourne Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinic on:
T: +61 3 9035 5333
E: aud-reception@unimelb.edu.au

Where is the clinic?

The CAS clinic is held at the University of Melbourne main campus in Carlton. Specific instructions for attending the clinic will be provided to you when you are booked into an intensive program.