Medical, developmental, nutritional, social or emotional factors can all contribute to feeding problems. Through a comprehensive assessment, Babble & Munch Speech Pathology works to understand the root of the feeding difficulty and any areas that may be contributing to feeding or swallowing issues. An individualised treatment plan is then developed and implemented in partnership with the family and any other health professionals involved.
Feeding & Swallowing
Babble & Munch Speech Pathology has expertise in infant and toddler feeding problems, as well as eating and swallowing difficulties in preschool and school-age children.
Some of the feeding problems that we work with include:
- Difficulties with breastfeeding or bottle feeding
- Sucking, swallowing or breathing difficulties during feeding
- Coughing, choking or gagging on fluid or food
- Poor endurance & fatigue
- Difficulty transitioning to solids, lumps or finger foods
- Chewing or oral motor problems
- Fussy, picky, anxious or selective eating
- Feed refusal or distress with feeding
- Oral aversions or feeding aversions
- Tube feeding, tube dependency, tube weaning
- Stressful mealtimes & mealtime battles
Early Communication Skills
Babble & Munch Speech Pathology also provides speech pathology services for early social communication skills for babies and toddlers 0 – 2 years of age.
Early communication difficulties could include:
- Not smiling
- Difficulties with social interaction
- Lack of babble
- Not responding to your sounds or communication
- Delays in developing first words or putting words together
- Marked frustration with communication
Services are usually provided in the clinic, however remote consultations may also be available upon request via phone or video-link (Telepractice).
Fees & Rebates
Please contact the clinic for the Schedule of Fees. Fees are payable on the day of service by EFTPOS or credit-card. We do accept cash (exact amount only) but do not carry change or cash on premises. HICAPS payment and Medicare processing facilities are available (HICAPS only available in Eltham rooms). Cancellation fees may apply if less than 24 hours’ notice is provided for a cancelled appointment.
Private Health Fund Rebates: Babble & Munch Speech Pathology is registered with private health insurance providers. Please speak to your private health insurer to determine whether you are eligible for speech pathology rebates.
Medicare Rebates: Babble & Munch Speech Pathology is a registered provider with Medicare. Medicare rebates may be available for some children under the Chronic Disease Management Program (formally the Enhanced Primary Care plan) and the Better Start for Children with Disabilities Program. Medicare rebates are able to be processed during the session at the time of payment. Please speak to your GP or paediatrician for more information. Information for GPs on the Chronic Disease Management Program is available from Speech Pathology Australia.
Better Start funding: Babble & Munch Speech Pathology is registered as a service provider with Better Start for Children with Disability. Please see our Better Start listing for service fees. Eligibility information for the Better Start program can be found at www.betterstart.net.au.
NDIS funding: Babble & Munch Speech Pathology can only accept NDIS funds when a child’s NDIS funding is ‘self-managed’ by the family, as we are not registered as an NDIS provider. Payment from the family is required on the day of service and families will be responsible for claiming back funds from NDIS using the NDIS processes for self-managed participants