What to expect with our –Chiropractor Speech Pathology Lactation Consultant
We believe a patient -
- deserves to have their health concerns listened to
- deserves to have his or her case handled as a new and unique challenge, with a care regime to match
- needs someone with the skills and experience to ask the right questions and conduct the right tests to reach the right diagnosis
- should receive care that is tailored to suit the patient and what they hope to achieve
- should experience an environment that is welcoming and makes you feel safe and secure
- should have access to facilities, equipment and techniques that are modern and designed to maximise effectiveness
- a practitioner that is 100% there to serve you, and takes the time to get the job done properly
- a practitioner that treats you like he would treat a member of his own family
If you are looking for this kind of experience, or would like to know more about how we may be able to help you, we would love to hear from you!
The initial visit
After completing your intake forms Richard will spend up to 60 minutes with you. During this time he will listen to your concerns and conduct a thorough history and detailed examination. The information gleaned will be used to identify both the source of your symptoms or problem (diagnosis) and the likely causes behind them.
X-rays are not requested as standard but can be arranged if required. If you have access to previous imaging or reports please bring them with you.
For your peace of mind everything will be explained in advance and you will be given plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Before your next visit, Richard will compile a detailed written report ready to share with you.
Giving you a detailed Report of Findings, describing treatment and care options in detail, providing treatment and advice takes time. This is why we allow 30 minutes for this important appointment. Everything will be explained in detail and if you are happy to proceed, hands on treatment will commence during the session to get you started!
You will be given a copy of your findings and recommendations. If requested, Richard is also happy to write to your GP to keep them informed.
It is important to us that you are on track during your care. Richard will monitor your progress from visit to visit and will arrange a formal progress review visit after the first 4-6 visits or after a short period of time.
In the rare instance that you are not moving forward, Richard will revise your care plan and will not hesitate to refer you for additional assistance.
The initial visit
After completing your intake forms Lisa will spend up to 60 minutes with you and your child. During this time, we will listen to your concerns about your child’s speech and language development and begin assessment. Assessment can take different forms, it may be done using formal tests or informally through play, depending on your child’s age, needs and the area of concern. Feedback will be given as the session progresses and at the end. Together with you, we will then decide whether we will begin therapy, monitor your child’s skills or undertake further assessment. You will be given lots of opportunities to discuss your options with the Speech Pathologist and ask any questions.
If your child has had any assessments conducted prior to this appointment, please bring the reports along with you.
Therapy sessions usually last 30 minutes and are always tailored to your child’s therapy goals and needs. The goals will have been decided in conjunction with you following your initial appointment. We aim to achieve our therapy goals whilst making therapy sessions fun and engaging for your child, no matter what their age. Activities and specific practise tasks may be given at the end of the session to enable you to support the therapy process at home. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend sessions with their child.
In the rare instance that your child is not making progress, Lisa is very happy to discuss this with you, review your child’s therapy plan and refer on if required.
A visit to the Lactation Consultant, Marianne, will involve a short period at the beginning of the appointment where she will fill take down your details and then spend some time talking about what has been happening with your feeding journey so far. This part is important for her to get an idea about what sorts of things are bothering you and how she can help you with the on-going care and feeding of your baby. Your “breastfeeding history” is important too if this is your second or subsequent baby as all of this can make I difference.
There will be plenty of time for questions and concerns at any time during the appointment and your baby is not expected to comply with any sort of time table.
She can weigh your baby and will hopefully be able to watch a whole feed, assess for attachment issues, milk supply problems, positional issues at the breast, blocked ducts, mastitis, problems with breast drainage, and any other breastfeeding/baby behaviours that are concerning you. Marianne is trained in checking for oral restrictions and abnormalities of the palate as well.
She will make suggestions of things you can try into the future and you will leave with an on-going breastfeeding plan. There is plenty of opportunity for on-going support by phone or text or email, or for a revisit here at Sure Start Health
All the advice and suggestions are given from evidence-based, well researched and current sources. No myths or here-say happening here……that’s the beauty of a Lactation Consultant