Early Start Australia provides assessments and reports:

  • As a first step in the intervention process for children commencing therapy at our clinics. The assessment identifies a child’s strengths and areas of concern, exploring the reasons for a child’s difficulties. This ‘detective’ process provides a strong foundation for targeted intervention; and
  • When needed for reasons such as transition from preschool to school, funding for programming and resources, special provisions for examinations, prescription of specialised equipment, and audits for physical access/environmental modification;
  • To provide supporting documentation where a child may be undergoing diagnose for a specific disorder; and
  • To determine baseline measures before therapy commences and to obtain progress data when a therapy block concludes.

As well as direct assessment of the child, the assessment process includes us getting information from parents and teachers, in order to help us understand the child more.

The cost of an assessment will vary, depending on:

  • amount of time allocated to the assessment (for administration of the assessment, analysis of data obtained, and report write up) and
  • whether a written or verbal report is required.

We offer the following types of assessments:

  • Special provisions for examinations
  • Assistive technology (e.g. mobility devices, computer-based communication aids)
  • Prescription of specialised equipment
  • Funding for equipment and specific programs of support
  • Access for environmental modifications in homes and schools with children who have physical disabilities

We also offer the following types of assessments for parents who are interested in their children commencing therapy:

  • Developmental assessment
  • School readiness
  • Fine motor skills
  • Handwriting and writing skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Play skills
  • Social skills
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-care skills
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Speech (articulation)
  • Language, Learning and Literacy
  • Pragmatic (social) Language
  • Feeding and Swallowing
  • Stuttering
  • Sensory Processing
  • Executive functioning for participation in everyday activities
  • Adaptive Behaviour
  • Transition to preschool, primary or high school and further education or employment

Please note, service delivery varies between clinics so please check with your local clinic about their services.