Childhood Communication Clinic

For children aged 2.5 to 5 years with speech or language difficulties and children aged 5-8 years with speech difficulties.

The Childhood Communication Clinic at The University of Melbourne provides evidence based treatment for children with speech or language difficulties.

Who is this clinic for?

The clinic is for children between two and a half years and five years of age who have difficulty in at least one of the following areas:

  • using words or sentences to express themselves
  • understanding spoken language
  • speaking clearly so that others can understand them (speech problems)

We also see children up to the age of 8 years who have difficulty speaking clearly so that others can understand them- this generally means that children are using the wrong sounds in words or leaving sounds out of words (for example, saying ‘tat’ instead of ‘cat’ or ‘boo’ instead of ‘blue’).

For children with diagnosed or suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech, we offer an intensive program three times per year: see our Childhood Apraxia of Speech clinic (LINK to CAS webpage).

How is this clinic run?

The clinic is run weekly throughout the year. We provide a comprehensive assessment of children’s communication, and a written report. Therapy sessions are tailored to specific goals identified in conjunction with parents.

Initial appointments are for up to 60 minutes and general focus on assessment and getting to know the client’s needs. Subsequent appointments are for up to 45 minutes.

The number of sessions required varies between individual clients. The speech pathologist will discuss this with you.  

This is a student run clinic. Student speech pathologists are supported by an expert speech pathologist for all 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.

Do I need a referral?

No. You can request an appointment by completing our online form (below).

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 Appointment Request Form:

Request an appointment

Alternatively, contact the University of Melbourne Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinic on:

T: +61 3 9035 5333

Where is the clinic?

550 Swanston St, Carlton. Please check in with Reception (on your right as you enter off the street) when you arrive.