Inclusive Communication has been providing speech-language therapy, AAC and autism support in Wellington, Porirua, the Hutt Valley and Kapiti since 2014.
COVID level 2 update
On 6 September 2021, it was announced that our region will be moving to level 2 later this week.
Speech-language therapy is a high-risk activity in a Delta environment. As a traveling service, we tend to have a large bubble and our sessions involve speaking (and sometimes singing) for extended periods of time in close proximity. These are some of the riskiest activities when it comes to COVID.
With that in mind, we have decided to wait to return to in-person sessions for the time being. We'll consider this on a case-by-case basis after next week's public health announcements.
School sessions Our team have decided that we will not be doing in-person school visits for the rest of term 3. We want to ensure that schools have a full week before asking if we could be invited in. Given that the term is nearly finished, we feel that it prudent to wait until the start of next term.
Future level 2 planning
When we do return to in-person work, we likely be wearing masks at level 2. We also will be requiring people to scan in using our portable QR codes.
As before, we will need everyone to cancel in-person sessions if anyone in your household is showing symptoms, waiting for a COVID test, is self-isolating, or has been to a place of interest listed on the Ministry of Health's website. We also will not be visiting households where anyone has traveled through level-4 areas in the past 10 days.
How we work
Our services typically incorporate family, friends, siblings, teachers and co-workers to ensure that everyone feels comfortable communicating with and supporting people who have speech and language challenges, however at the heart of our service are the needs and wishes of the person experiencing communication challenges.
- We are patient and family centred
- We are evidence-based
- We support the neurodiversity movement
- We come to your home, school, or other location that meets your needs
We specialise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Autism, neurodiversity, literacy development, and language disorders. Many of our clients are able to vocalize or speak some words, however at Inclusive Communication the ability to speak is not a prerequisite for speech-language therapy.
We also support people with strong verbal skills who are finding social interactions or high level language skills difficult. This often comes into play when people are finding it difficult to access other services due to communication challenges.
Who we help
We support people of all ages with cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities and other conditions impacting on language, literacy and/or speech.
We also work with families with very young children who have speech and language disorders and delays. We specialise in supporting families who are wondering if their child might have autism or might need AAC.
We are currently running an active waitlist and offer single consultation appointments to people on the waitlist when we get cancellations.
Check for the next deadline for regionally funded PLD from the Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education has a $1500/teaching assistant pilot programme at the moment. We offer custom professional development for teaching assistants regarding:
- Autism and nuerodiversity
- Supporting language and literacy teaching for students who have limited speech
- Implementing AAC in the classroom
- Behaviour and communication
Individual speech-language therapy
We do assessments, consultations, and individual therapy sessions.
CAT 1 - assisitve technology assessments
We are able to provide privately-funded assessments for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative communication). If an appropriate solution is found, we can submit CAT-1 level funding applications to Enable (Ministry of Health) for publicly funded equipment. Alternatively, you can self-refer to TalkLink for a publicly funded assessment for a publicly funded assessment (there is a wait).
Professional Development for schools, preschools, playcentres, kindergartens, and early childhood centres
We not only are able to work under the Ministry's PLD facilitor scheme, but we also do custom trainings for education settings.
We collaborate with mental health professionals around supporting the language and communication needs of teenagers and adults with autism, language disorders and other communication needs.
All are welcome to contact us to see if our expertise could assist with your unique situation.