Our availability is limited for 2018. Our first priority is to serve our current clients and schools. Depending on your location and need, we may be able to offer a block of individual sessions, a month of consultation, or school/day programme training. Please feel free to contact us to see we can assist you even if for a short period of time to get your started while you wait for publically funded services. We also may be able to refer you on to another local therapist.
Our approach to providing intevention and consultation
Communication occurs everywhere and anywhere, and rarely with a speech-therapist!
Given this, we at Inclusive Communication strongly believe in the value of working on communication skills in the settings where they are most frequently used. Communication success definitely can occur in the therapy room, however we have seen so much success when we met clients in their own space and on their own terms.
What we can help with:
- Developing communication and language skills
- Emergent and early literacy
- Getting the most out of your AAC device
- Updating and creating low tech supports (i.e., visual supports, communication books, PECS, etc)
- Becoming more comfortable teaching and interacting with a child with communication difficulties
- Discussing and trouble shooting links between "behaviour" and communication
- Helping you understand autism
Where we work
Therapy and consultation are provided where the client is experiencing communication difficulty and/or where he or she feels most comfortable learning. In other words, we come to you. We currently serve the Greater Wellington region including Upper and Lower Hutt, and Porirua. By special arrangement, we will consider other areas including the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa.
Families - Typically, therapy is conducted at home. If the school agrees, some sesions may also be conducted at school or kindy.
As a person's skills and confidence increases, 'real world' sessions are often included. Sessions can be scheduled in the environments that are particularly motivating (or challenging) as the case might be. For example, if a person's goals are to better communicate in the community, we can arrange to work on communication in those settings. We have also done therapy in cafes, in community centres, at the shops, during summer camps, and on occasion even at the local park!
Schools - Many local schools contact us to provide hands on, practical professional development. This is often in the form of a case study, workshop, or even a series of visits to provide coaching and real life demonstration of quality methods of enhancing communication learning for all students.
Agencies supporting adults with intellectual disabilities - We provide support to day programmes, disability provides, and others who want to ensure that they are well prepared to support communication for their clients. Training around how to teach literacy, communication, and social communication skills is also an option.
Oranga Tamariki - We also contract with the High Complex Needs team supporting young people to ensure that any language challenges are considered as part of their plans.
Collaboration and Commitment
Working closely with clients and their families is the cornerstone to the type of therapy we offer. Our goal is for clients to effectively communicate with the people they see on a regular basis and during their everyday activities. We also strive to help family and teachers to be confident communicating with them.
The reality is most clients will spend less than 1% of their week with a speech therapist. The vast majority of all communication opportunities are with other people. And that is great, because we have yet to hear of someone stating that their primary goal is to be better at communicating with their speech-language therapist!
We also know that most people learn best from watching. We believe in the power of demonstration. The power of creating communication experiences that ensure that our clients experience success. We believe in stretching a child's capability, but avoid at all costs pushing them too hard.
We want to provide the tools and support so that our clients are able to tell others what they want, share their thoughts, tell stories, have conversations, engage with the written word with confidence, and connect with people. Long term, we want people to become competent communicators so they can focus on goals like getting a job, making and keeping friendships, dating, and succeeding at school.
The best outcomes are seen when people have ample opportunities to communicate and develop their literacy skills. They need numerous safe places to make mistakes and appropriate support systems in place. They need understanding communication partners who can wait, believe, coach, give the benefit of the doubt, and listen.
Our work extends beyond one-on-one therapy activities. We may need to dedicate time to creating visual supports, updating vocabulary on communication devices, and providing training to families to support someone who is struggling with speech. We may decide that incorporating therapy into daily routines such as meals and household chores is appropriate. At times, we will bring prepared lesson activities and at other times we will look to you for ideas of activities that frequently occur in your family that can be adapted to work on therapy goals.
Intensive blocks or ongoing support
Some families and schools really want someone to come in, show them the ropes of a new piece of technology or set of communication techniques, and then want to get on with it themselves. Others prefer support on a more regular basis. At any stage, you can let us know what you think you need and we an adjust based on your needs and our availability.