My 4yo DD has been 'challenging' her entire life, & recently we discussed with the GP about seeing an OT to assess with possible SPD or (less likely) ASD, & help with transitioning to preschool & school. Our GP gave us a referral to an OT & psychologist, & a mental health care plan, which I was under the impression would cover much of the appointment cost for 10 appointments (5 OT & 5 psych). We just had our first OT appointment, and I was out of pocket $380 after the medicare rebate. Now obviously I will do what is needed to help my DD.... but I am terrified about the cost of following appointments! If each appt is $380, we will be paying $3800 for the 10 appointments all up. That is a LOT of money for us to pull out of thin air Does anyone have any experience with the cost of seeing an OT in a similar situation? I will ring later & have a chat about appointment costs for the future, but I wanted to hear if anyone on here had advice or experience in this area. I was also thinking I may cancel the psych appointments & just stick with the 5 OT appointments - but will talk to the OT next week about what is needed & how we can help DD the best way possible for the least amount of outlay.
I'm feeling pretty stressed out about it all after the first appointment,and seriouly want to help my DD,but freaking out as to how we will afford it!