Our availability for 2020 is limited.
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.
Where we work
We come to you. Our sessions are held at school, in your home, or in the community. If appropriate, telepractice (via skype, zoom or other video conferencing software). We primarily serve the Greater Wellington region including Upper and Lower Hutt, and Porirua. By special arrangement, we occsionally travel for one-off consultations throughout New Zealand.
In your home
Typically, therapy is conducted at home. If your school or kindy agrees, sesions may also be conducted at school or kindy.
As skills and confidence increases, 'real world' sessions may be considered to help with generalisation. 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 beach!
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.
Adults with intellectual disabilities
We provide support to day programmes, disability providers, and others striving to fully support the communication needs of their family members or clients.
We can provide advice, training, and coaching around how to teach literacy, develop communication skills, and enhance social communication.
Here is an example of this work:
Various government agencies responsible for the welfare, safety, and education of young people contract with Inclusive Communication LTD.
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 skills
- 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, particularly with older students
- Helping you understand autism
We are not currently working clients who primarily need assistance with fluency, articulation (lisps), voice disorders, or feeding/swallowing.
Supervision and student placements
We are open to student placements and also do the occasional supervision, particularly in the areas of literacy, AAC, and Autism.
Most clients are seen 2-4 times a month (dependent on clinician availability), however in some cases families just want a burst of a few sessions and then be able to request a consult as needed. If you want someone to come in, show you the ropes of a new piece of technology or set of communication techniques, and then want to get on with it yourselves, that is great! 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. We tend to wait for you to reach out because we never want to come across as pushy.
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. So you will often see me encouraging families, staff and siblings to watch and join into sessions.
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.