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No, you can just call or email and book an appointment. In the case that your child qualifies for Medicare rebates, a GP will complete the referral for a Chronic Disease Management Plan
Most children make some mistakes as they learn to say new words. A speech sound disorder occurs when mistakes continue past a certain age. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns). Please see norms for ages that errors should no longer be made for each sound. It is important to fix these errors so that a child can be understood by their friends, parents and teachers, so that it does not impact on their literacy skills as well as preserve their self-esteem.
Some children recover naturally from stuttering, however it is best to seek an assessment by a Speech Pathologist if your child has been stuttering for more than 6 months
You can find out information on Spectrum Disorder at amaze.org.au