Rates are reviewed twice a year and may need to be adjusted to reflect changes to our costs. We anticipate we may need to adjust these to cover raising costs related to COVID safety measures.
General Rates for families
These rate are reflective of travel costs to Wellington, Lower Hutt, Kāpiti, and Porirua. For clients further away, there typically is an additional travel surcharge.
2022 rates for families (includes travel):
Note we are currently reviewing these prices given the increase if travel costs.
- Hour long sessions: $130 per hour includes GST and travel
- 30 minute sessions: $ 85 per session, includes GST and travel
- Report writing: $ 110 per hour, includes GST
Senior Speech-language Therapist - Shannon Hennig
- Hour long sessions: $150 per hour includes GST and travel
- 30 minute sessions: $ 95 per session, includes GST and travel
- Report writing: $ 120 per hour, includes GST
Communication coaching and mentoring
We are hiring an SLT coach and assistant who will be able to work under the guidence and supervision of a certified Speech-language therapist. Our SLT assistant provides the opportunity to have additional sessions at lower cost to families who have been seen by one of our SLTs in the past 3 months.
- $65 including GST, travel, and planning (if your session is more than 1 hour, then subsequent hours will be $40)
Our SLT coach also can provide longer sessions in the community when someone needs to practice taking their new skills into real-world settings like settings for example how to manage all of the steps of figuring out transport, which shops to visit, which questions to ask there, scripts for how to communicate in those situations, and communicate to key people if you are running late or need help. Often these are the most important sessions, but they typically needs 2-3 hours to plan and execute a plan in a calm way that allows the person to learn and process what is happening.
2022 Telepractice rates for families (no travel) over Zoom
- One hour - $120.00 including GST
- 45 minutes - $90 including GST
- 30 minutes - $75 including GST
- 15 minutes - $40.00 including GST
These rates are higher for our senior therapist Shannon Hennig.
Please contact us directly for group sessions or if you would like information about our sliding scales for families.
Education, disability, and advocacy sector
Our rates vary for training, workshops, and consultation. Please contact us to discuss your needs and we can prepare a quote.
Schools may be interested in the Ministry of Education’s Professional Learning and Development (PLD) Service which funds approved faciliators. Shannon Hennig's facilitator profile can be found here.
Scheduling and cancellations
If you need to reschedule, please let us know as soon as possible.
- less than 24 hour notices, 75% cancellation fee
- 48-24 hours notice, 50% cancellation fee
- at least 47 hours, no fee
- cancellations due to contagious illness, no fee or travel only if we have already started to drive to your location
If you need to reschedule, please contact us via email or text as soon as possible and we will do our best to reschedule the appointment. Please keep in mind that this may not always be possible given our commitments to other clients and the distances we often travel to see them.
Appointment length and format
Therapy session format depend on your situation typically 30-60 minutes for therapy and 1-2 hours for initial assessments.
An AAC assessment typically requires 3-8 sessions depending on how many different options need to be trialled. If public funding is sought, an assessment report is required and typically is takes 2-3 hours.
Typically some time is reserved for discussion or to allow everyone to practice various support techniques. The proportion of time dedicated to hands-on therapy activities and consultation will vary from session to session.
We request that one family member or relevant person be available to observe therapy and participate in activities to ensure that they understand how to facilitate communication throughout the week.
We also offer half day sessions at a lower hourly rate. These are most appropriate for therapy targeting functional communication and dynamic assessment. These appointments allow for a more natural interaction across a wider range of activities and include lots of hands on coaching of communication partners. These typically last about 2-3 hours and you can expect at least an hour of hands on interaction as well as opportunities for family members and communication partners to try new techniques with the guidance of a therapist.
Payment by bank transfer is preferred. Cash is also accepted. An invoice will be emailed to you following the session via Xero accounting software (unless you request otherwise). We reserve the right to charge a late fee (5% payment owed) and cease treatment if outstanding payments remain unpaid. Statements and receipts are available by request.
If you know we are travelling to see you and suspect that you or your child may be coming down with something, please text us the night before so we know to contact you before driving to the appointment - this will allow us to waive the last minute cancellation fee (or only charge for our transport if we have already left).
Clinicians also are responsible for monitoring that their own fitness and health is sufficient for work. This means that on occasion a session may need to be cancelled at short notice due to illness or unforeseen life events.
If you believe your clinician may have been exposed to a contagious disease during an appointment (i.e., if you or a family member becomes ill shortly after an appointment), please contact us in case we are scheduled to see any clients with suppressed immune systems later that week.