Inclusive Communication began as an independent speech-language therapy practice based in Wellington, New Zealand in 2014.
What we do
We provide family-centred services and evidenced-based assessment, intervention and consultation to local schools and families. We currently are a team of two dedicated therapists working hard to serve the needs of the Greater Wellington area.
We believe in a total communication approach and are passionate about comprehensive, structured literacy instruction.
We can do assistive technology assessments for people wanting to trial AAC technology to support communication. If an appropriate low or high tech solution is found, we can submit CAT-1 level funding applications to Enable (Ministry of Health). Alternatively, you can self-refer to TalkLink for a publicly funded assessment .
We also collaborate with mental health professionals around supporting the language needs of their clients.
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. Some of our clients have high intellect, or are even gifted.
We also work with families with very young children who have speech and language disorders and delays.
Our services typically incorporate family, friends, 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.
Professional Development for schools and other organisations
It is our mission to support the ongoing transformational work happening in inclusive education.
We provide custom professional learning and development programmes to schools focused on supporting the education of students with diverse learning needs both in New Zealand and overseas. These are typically a mix of workshops and hands-on coaching.
New Zealand schools are encouraged to check out the centrally funded PLD scheme and the PLD for teaching assistants programme - both through the Ministry of Education. Shannon is an accredited facilitator and you can request that she be part of your PLD plan.
We also are committed to helping improve communication accessibility in all sectors of society and deliver training to employers, disability organisations, and customer-facing services wanting to improve how they engage people with communication disorders
All are welcome to contact us to see if our expertise could assist with your unique situation.