Welcome to Cassandra’s Cubby

About Cassandra’s Cubby

Cassandra is the owner and principal Speech and Language Pathologist of Cassandra’s Cubby.

Cassandra is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP) and member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) Association. Cassandra is also an ongoing participant in the Professional Self-Regulation program (PSR) of SPA, which ensures that she is continuously refreshing her knowledge and widening her therapeutic experience by attending various training programs, conferences and keeping well-informed with new evidence-based practice.

Cassandra has worked across a number of different settings throughout Melbourne and Queensland, including:

  • Child-care, Kindergarten & school settings
  • Mobile home-clinics
  • Sensory-based (DIR-Floortime) Multi-disciplinary private practice
  • Early Intervention (Local Government agency) for children aged between 0-6 years with special needs and/or disabilities in more than one allied health area
  • Special Schools
  • Community-based, private practice clinics

Cassandra has been professionally trained in:

  • Hanen – It Takes Two To Talk
  • Sarah Starr - Paediatric Feeding Educational Programs
  • Gen Jerob - Sensory processing & Traffic Jam in my Brain
  • Caroline Bowen - Speech Sound Disorders
  • Caroline Bowen - Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Cassandra has also practiced in various clinics throughout Melbourne and Queensland implementing successful therapy techniques, such as:

  • RDI / DIR Floortime
  • Lidcombe Program for Stuttering
  • Nuffield Program for severe speech sound disorders

Cassandra has also developed a special interest in

  • Myofunctional therapy for Tongue Thrust, Lisping, Hypotonia (low tone) in facial muscles, mouth breathers.

How can Cassandra’s Cubby
help my loved one?

Cassandra’s Cubby is a Private Speech and Language Pathology practice, specializing in assessment and therapy for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, adolescents and young adults who have difficulty with:

Speech

  • Articulation - Speech Sounds & speech difficulties
  • Fluency - Stuttering, stammering
  • Voice - husky voice/vocal nodules

Language

  • Late Talkers - language stimulation
  • Language delays & disorders - Expressive & Receptive
  • School age language difficulties
  • Pragmatic language & Social Skills

Literacy

  • School Readiness & Phonemic Awareness
  • Literacy & Learning Difficulties – reading, writing & spelling

Feeding& Oromotor

  • Feeding difficulties
  • Fussy eaters & restricted diets
  • Difficulty coordinating movements of the mouth required for feeding
  • Dribbling
  • Tongue thrust

Other

  • Developmental Delay & Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Auditory processing weaknesses

Schedule of Fees

Payment is made prior to your appointment via cash, direct bank deposit, cheque or PayPal – to suit your requirements. *Eftpos facilities coming soon!

Initial Assessment

Includes:

  • Initial phone call to gather information about your child, which will assist in assessment planning.
  • Individual 1:1 assessment – based upon child’s age & your primary concerns.
  • Parent consultation & question time (approximately 10-15 minutes) prior to completion of your assessment when required.
  • Young children 0-2 years require 1-2 x 60min sessions.
  • Children and young adults aged 3+ years require 2 x 60min sessions
Initial assessment – 60 min $160.00
Subsequent assessment session(s) –
60 min
$160.00
Written Reports
Comprehensive Report

Includes:

  • All relevant background information
  • Test scores & discussion of results
  • Conclusive summary
  • Recommendations
  • Relevant strategies for home/school/Kinder etc.
$100.00
Summary Report
Includes tabulated test scores & a brief summary (1 page) of assessment findings.
$70.00
Therapy Sessions

Includes:

  • Individual therapy activities based upon your child’s needs
  • Provision of regular homework/carryover activities
  • Discussion time with parents/guardian(s)
  • Limited liaison with teachers/other relevant people in your child’s life
  • Travel to your house or educational facility (daycare, kindergarten, school)
45min $140.00
60min $160.00
30min $90.00
Additional Resources
Cassandra’s Cubby can also create laminated resources with Velcro or other materials similar to those used in the cubby for a small additional fee – please enquire within.
  • Cassandra’s Cubby will be applying for the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) or FaHSCIA funding and Better Start Funding in the near future. Please enquire within!

Rebate

Private Health Fund Rebates

Partial rebates may be available for assessment and treatment sessions. The amount of rebate depends on the type and level of your private health cover. To determine rebate information, please contact your health fund directly.

Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Programs

Cassandra’s Cubby is registered with Medicare (under the Allied Health Initiative) to provide speech pathology services to those who meet the Medicare requirements. In certain cases Medicare offers rebates for children who are eligible under the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC). For more information please contact your GP or refer to http://www.health.gov.au/epc. A GP referral to Speech Pathology is required in order for you to make a claim through Medicare.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Do I need a referral from my GP?

    No. Simply contactCassandra who will be happy to arrange your appointment. Your child may be eligible for partial Medicare rebates (see FEES), in which case a GP referral is required.

  • How long will I have to wait for an appointment or report?

    In most cases you will be offered an initial appointment within two weeks, this will depend on your flexibility. After your assessment(s)have been completed, comprehensive reports are generally completed within 2-3 weeks (this may be shorter for summaries).

  • How long is each session?

    Sessions vary between 30, 45 and 60 minutes depending on the age of your child and the purpose of the appointment. Assessments take longer than average therapy sessions. Standard therapy appointments are 45 minutes, although younger children typically cope better with shorter appointments of 30 minutes.

  • How often will I need to come?

    This depends on the nature of the problem(s) and the level of concern. I will be happy to discuss this with you and to make specific recommendations once I am acquainted with you and your child, and after your assessment has been completed. Most of the time I will recommend that your child would benefit from attending once weekly sessions for a set period of time (for example, 45mins per week for 8 weeks) as this builds a strong relationship, develops a familiar routine and emphasizes the importance of consistency). Depending on your child, this can then become less intensive (for example, 45mins every fortnight or every three-weeks) to suit your needs.

  • How long will therapy take?

    This is a tricky question, as it can be difficult to predict treatment length since many factors influence the success of therapy. Depending on the nature and severity of the difficulty your child has, therapy could last from just a few weeks to a number of months or years. Children with complex needs may requireongoing support. If this is the case I will be happy to discuss the management plan and agree to a number of therapy sessions with a review date for future decision-making.

Contact

You can contact Cassandra’s Cubby on:

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Location

Cassandra’s Cubby currently provides services in the following areas on a part-time schedule:

* Including surrounding suburbs to these areas


Contact Us
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  • Child’s Name & age:

  • Phone:

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