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TERM 4  BONUS – subsidised Speech Pathology Assessments

Find out if your child needs speech and language support prior to school entry. Give them the best chance of their a academic success with early intervention.

We are thrilled to offer for term 4  2014  to our community based on Zip It Up for kids sponsorship funding  available.

$60.00 screen assessment fee which is significantly reduced from the usual screen speech pathology assessment fee of $135.00 in which consultancy sessions take 1/2 an hour. A comprehensive assessment hour is $220 with a qualified Speech Pathologist.

This entails a half hour assessment with a qualified Speech Pathologist who will evaluate your child’s speech, language, comprehension, early literacy and school readiness.

Where?

We can meet you and your child at our “once upon a time therapy” clinic in Jackman St Southport or we can come out and meet you and your child at your kindergarten.

You will also receive a screen assessment report for yourself and your kindergarten. This can be helpful in your communication with your child’s school in 2015 for their prep entry.

To apply for these limited $60 screen assessment, you will need to enter your details into the listing on the left as this enables us to act on a first in first supported basis. You will also need to ask your kindergarten director  to do the same so we understand they have requested us to visit their Centre. Once both are received we can contact you through email to arrange a suitable date for you and your child care Centre.

For those that prefer the personal contact, call us on 55282222 and speak with Courtney or Amber to make your booking.

 

About Us

Some of you may know Katrine Elliott from her previous presentations to the Gold Coast early years teachers over the past 20 years in supporting children, families and professionals who live in the Gold Coast and surrounding Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Community. Formally known as Optimal Communications Speech Pathology, we have now birthed a new face to our professional business,

Once Upon a Time Therapy  

Where dreams are designed”

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Speech Pathology services to the Gold Coast region

The change has been in line with the opening of our new purpose built wonderland clinic, that looks more like a castle than a clinic. We are now located at Jackman Trade Centre, Southport (near Abrakadazzle-or St Hilda’s School). Our therapy centre features themed speech therapy rooms based on the fairy tales of the past making therapy fun and memorable for the kids. Each room also has one-way parent viewing windows for observations during their child’s session. Launching from the start of term 3- 2014, we kicked of “Club Yicketty Yak-Getting Talking on track” (www.clubyicketty yak.com) being our Group Speech Therapy for children with speech, language and communication impairments. Held over a 3 hours morning period between 9 am -12 noon for a 10 week period, the group is held in our two story Club House attached to our Mad Hatters Art and Craft Room. Families are able to observe the group from above in the Genie Bottle which has two large one way mirrors to make viewing like the experience from the eyes of an eagle. Parents are also provided with handover, a training seminar series and home therapy pack to enable the children to gain the best benefits from the specialized speech pathology group.

If you are unable to visit the centre due to working hours or locality being outside the Gold Coast region, we have now launched our online Speech Pathology service.

NO obstacle to our support is our MOTTO

at Once Upon a Time Therapy where distance, finances, convenience with time and access to a professional are some of the barriers that stop people gaining what they or their child needs in regard sto communication consultation and therapy.

 

Call our centre at (07) 55 28 2222 to book an appointment.

We offer a 15 minute free consultation over the phone to support you with your assessment and treatment inquiries.

 

Kindergarten Teacher Seminars

If you are a kindergarten teacher, childcare worker we would like to invite you to our Speech Pathology Seminar for assisting children with communication and learning impairments and preparing them for their ‘School Readiness’ as they make their transition into their Prep year.

Some of you may know Katrine Elliott from her previous presentations to the Gold Coast early years teachers over the past 20 years in supporting children, families and professionals in the Gold Coast and Brisbane Community. Formally known as Optimal Communications Speech Pathology, we have now birthed a new face to our professional business,

Once Upon a Time Therapy “Where dreams are designed”

The change has been in line with the opening of our new purpose built wonderland clinic, that looks more like a castle than a clinic. We are now located at Jackman Trade Centre, Southport (near Abrakadazzle-or St Hilda’s School). Our therapy centre features themed speech therapy rooms based on the fairy tales of the past making therapy fun and memorable for the kids. Each room also has one-way parent viewing windows for observations during their child’s session. Launching from the start of term 3- 2014, we kicked of “Club Yicketty Yak-Getting Talking on track” (www.clubyicketty yak.com) being our Group Speech Therapy for children with speech, language and communication impairments. Held over a 3 hours morning period between 9 am -12 noon for a 10 week period, the group is held in our two story Club House attached to our Mad Hatters Art and Craft Room. Families are able to observe the group from above in the Genie Bottle which has two large one way mirrors to make viewing like the experience from the eyes of an eagle. Parents are also provided with handover, a training seminar series and home therapy pack to enable the children to gain the best benefits from the specialized speech pathology group.

 

Some of you will recall meeting Nev Katanic, Rita Hu or Carly Fahey from our Speech Pathology clinic who visited several weeks ago with our Kindy screening promotion sponsored by Zip It Up for Kids Sponsorship Program.

As you may be aware, there is a greater specialization requirement now for kindergarten and childcare workers to support the needs of individuals with communication impairments and learning challenges. As Speech Pathologists who assess, are involved in the diagnosis and provide the  treatment for these particular children, we are often requested to provide further support and handover of vital information to enable these children to integrate into the kindergarten setting for effective learning to occur. As you are aware, childcare support packages also fund support aid time to enable this to occur with more hands on help in the classroom. The question is …

 

when is help just another pair of hands…

…when it could be so much more for these children that need specific tailored programs and trained personnel to support their needs.

 The response from so many kindergarten professionals asking for a Speech Therapist (Pathologist) to email, call and attend their childcare centre to support children one by one has brought to my attention the high demand for this specialised information and I also came to terms with how challenging this was to do one at a time-one kindergarten teacher at a time when nearly all our young-clients have needs this high requiring lots of professional detail in the handover and training required.

So rather than putting the problem on the “I’m too busy list” or providing a “band-aid service” missing out on this valuable extra hands support in the community that we all batted to get, I decided to come up with something better.

So what was it you ask?

Regular Specialised Training Seminars that progressively layer information over time enabling early learning professional to:

  • learn multiple topics and learn about multiple conditions and diagnosis an dhow they impact on a child’s communication
  • gain depth in these topics for theory and understanding how these problems are caused, how they impact on the child’s communication skills
  • learn practical skills to transfer immediately into the Kindergarten setting to make that difference in your teaching
  • be informed about additional resources and services available in the community to support these children and their families in managing their communication impairment and effects of this on their life and also education options
  • ask any questions that may be specifically relevant and topical to children or types of children in your centre

Some of the questions asked were;

What does a Speech Pathologist assist with?

  • What is the difference between disordered or delayed speech?
  • How do we know if a child is speech impaired or delayed?
  • How do we know when to seek help?
  • What can we do to assist children with speech difficulties in the kindergarten setting?
  • What can we do in our childcare setting to promote speech development and school readiness for speech and early literacy skills?
  • How do I manage difficult behavior to set a child up for learning?
  • How do I help a child to develop their social skills with their kindergarten peers?

There are many speech, language, communication and learning disorders that can greatly impact on a child’s ability to learn at kindergarten and to make a smooth transition into prep.

More severe cases are children with:

  • Dyspraxia
  • Phonological disorder
  • Sensory-motor integration impairment
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Prada Willis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Social Communication Disorder (the old DSMIV-Aspergers Syndrome or PDD-NOS),
  • Auditory Processing Deficit (APD), and
  • Attention Deficit Disorder ADD or ADHD (with hyperactivity).

On occasions some of these disorders are unfortunately not diagnosed or misdiagnosed and it is not until the child is in years 4 or 5 that parents start asking questions because their child is not able to complete or understand tasks or is under achieving for their age.

 

Our first seminar is due to start…in term 1 2015

When:         Tuesday   Evenings

7.00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Once Upon A Time Therapy Centre

Suite 9/3-15 Jackman St SOUTHPORT Q

Cost:            $66 per attendee (bulk kindy learning packages available)

Early bird discount: $50 if paid before January 10th 2015 .

 

For just a taste, here are some of the breadth and depth tackled in the professional training seminars… Based on different topics.

Hearing,  and central auditory processing.

  • The anatomy of the ear and how hearing works to process sound and speech
  • How does hearing impact on the acquisition of speech, language and learning skills?
  • How does the auditory brain functions to hear and process speech-(Central Auditory Processing skills-CAP)?
  • What happens when there is Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and how is this different from a maturational delay?
  • How are central auditory processing skills assessed and at what age do we start looking for problems?
  • How does auditory processing disorder cause a speech impairment?
  • How do these children struggle in the classroom and how can I support them?
  • What strategies and skills can I add to my current tool box to make my lesson more productive for these children with listening challenges?
  • What do I need to plan for these children for a smooth transition into their Prep Year?

Speech sounds, articulation, phonological processing and speech clarity.

  • How do we speak? What are the functions that come together to give us the capability to express ourselves?
  • What is the difference between speech and language skills and how is this undertaken by our brain?
  • What is speech impairment and how is this different from speech delay?
  • What is dyspraxia and how is it different from sensory-motor integration impairment, articulation impairment and a phonological disorder and delay?
  • Why does it matter to find out and get the diagnosis right when it costs the family in money and time?
  • How will I be able to know the difference to ensure I recommend help without alarming the family unnecessarily?
  • How are speech sounds formed?
  • What skills can I learn to help a child with a speech impairment in the kindergarten setting to gain intelligibility?
  • What is required for the correction and re-wiring of a speech impairment to enable correct pronunciation that is in tune to be able to process speech?
  • Is there a program that can support this in the kindergarten setting?
  • We currently use a program and want to know if it is meeting our needs to support these children?

Language processing, word finding difficulties, receptive vocabulary, receptive language and expressive language skills… making sentences.

  • What are the skills in language processing?
  • How can I support a child with a language disorder in the kindergarten setting?
  • How are words stored in the semantic centre and what happens when there are challenges in this part of the mind?
  • How can I help word finding difficulties?
  • What are specialized and cool ways to stimulate and develop language skill in children whilst I undertake the activities I planned to do that day?

 

We will introduce you to our teaching program at Optimal Communications Speech Pathology- ‘Teach-me-speech-sounds’ which is taught using our exciting Phonic All Stars’ program and characters. This program that dazzles kids has been developed over the past 14 years from solid research and theory in children’s speech development, neurological processing and the most exciting discoveries of this decade being the benefits of early intervention as a direct result of neuroplasticity from correct intervention. It sounds all very complex…but believe me it is so simple and a crime to not offer to children at an early age to facilitate speech and literacy development. I will discuss how the program can be implemented in your centre and most importantly why it works v/s other programs on the market today … by revealing some of the 10  winged keel factors!!!!!! One of the first factors is….

it was developed by a speech pathologist who understands how to correct speech disorders that can lead to literacy disorders. The program targets both at once giving two benefits for the one investment of time and effort. This in itself is a reason to use it!!!.

I look forward to welcoming you to our seminar and I’m sure you will take away some very beneficial information that you will use daily when assisting children with their  ‘School Readiness’ skills in preparation for prep or in assisting them with their first years of schooling .

Katrine Elliott

Katrine Elliott B.Sp Thy. M.S.P.A.

Speech Pathologist

Kindergarten Speech Pathology Screening

Speech Pathology Screen Assessments – Kindergartens

WHAT IS OUR GOAL?   

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Speech Pathology can support listening challenges for school readiness

We are offering Speech Pathology screen assessments for children who are at risk for speech, language, literacy and learning challenges. Children benefit greatly from the early identification, diagnosis and professional Speech Pathology support for these challenges in their early years as they prepare themselves for the maturational, developmental and educational requirements that school entry requires.

It is well understood that children with speech and language challenges can struggle significantly with  learning and being able to use their communication as a tool in the classroom to gain more information to get them on their way with education success. 

In 20 years of experiences as a clinical Speech Pathologists working with children, it is well proven that early Speech Pathology intervention WORKS … and Speech-language and early literacy challenges CAN BE CORRECTED. The longer they have been left untreated or “wired wrong” the harder it is to undertake the correction as the incorrect brain pathways become set in “concrete” and over patterned by the child in their talking. This is extremely frustrating for the child who first of all needs to undertake longer periods of therapy but has usually taken in a belief about themselves that they are not-fixable-a poor learner-or sound funny to others. This is soul destroying to see as a therapist-when the treatment is basically easy when we get started. Additionally, children that are left untreated for many years due to long waiting lists from government services or failure to attend treatment from financial and life challenges are then more expensive in the total budget for correction due to the complexity of the “faulty wiring” when they develop and mature their language further for communication.

So in short … now you see why we are passionate about the early assessment and treatment because as trained Speech Pathology professionals, our primary focus is correcting communication and literacy… because we see first hand the difference in children’s lives when it is provided compared with when it is not.

A screen assessment provided to you at your childcare centre or kindergarten may then lead to further information such as:

  • a more in-depth assessment from the Speech Pathologist
  • diagnosis and/ or recommendation for an assessment from another professional (eg. Paediatrician, Ent, audiologist, Occupational therapist, Psychologist, Physiotherapist
  • recommendation for funding support based on this diagnosis
  • recommendation for ongoing support or corrective treatment as recommended.

This may be :

o   Individual sessions at the kindergarten (speechies on wheels) or at the Speech Pathology clinic (Once Upon A Time Therapy

o   Parent training groups

o   Kindergarten training groups

o   Group therapy at the kindergarten or at the Speech Pathology clinic Club House (ie. Club Yicketty Yack-Getting Talking on track )

Simply by placing your name, Kindergarten-childcare centre and email details in the porthole provide on the right you are then on our listing to provide you with information about:

  • the screening service
  • speechies on wheels
  • parent training workshops
  • kindergarten-teacher training workshops
  • the sponsorship program (ZIP IT UP FOR KIDS) that is enabling children to be screened or be provided with Private Speech Therapy at a subsidised rate or free based on fund raising from the community.

WHO ARE WE?

 

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Once Upon A Time Therapy-Where dreams are designed.
A Speech Pathology centre built for kids!

Once Upon A Time Therapy is a team of currently 5 speech pathologist working within the Optimal Communications Group at our purpose built Speech Pathology centre in Jackman St Southport called “Once Upon A Time Therapy”. Katrine Elliott is an experienced Speech Pathology clinician with more than 20 years experience in clinical practice and in providing treatment to children in adults with communication and swallowing impairments to the Gold Coast and surrounding areas. We are currently launching our online service and internet programs that will also enable the reach to be further than the Gold Coast and more accessible for families who need the necessary support that Speech Pathologist can provide. This effort and dedication after 20 years to build and develop this service for the community from personal investment of time and private funding  (not government funding) informs the public of how serious we are as health professionals in our commitment to supporting these individuals in any way we can.

WHY? There is a CURE for most speech, language and literacy impairments … and the benefits of the treatment ARE LIFE CHANGING. If you are not sure-ask someone who has attending the treatment.

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For the past 20 years I have watched money be poured into research for a cure for many diseases and impairments and government support of so many other ailments whilst speech, language and literacy kids continued to miss out. These are the kids that make the greatest improvements with sometimes the least investment of time, money and effort…once it is invested.

Does this have an impact on the community?

Just paying attention to the statistics like 70 % of people in jail having literacy impairment is evidence enough that early intervention and support DOES have an impact. Soap box or no soap box… the therapy works if the treatment is matched to the diagnosis and undertaken by a professional who has the capability to provide that treatment-ie. a Qualified Speech Pathologist.

We are a private speech pathology company owned by Katrine Elliott, and we have expanded our clinic to build a purpose built speech pathology clinic called “Once Upon a Time Therapy” in the Jackman centre, right near Abrakadazzle.

The facility has been built as a children’s wonderland with featured rooms being “Snow white’s forest”, “Tarzan’s jungle”, “The frog princes palace” and the “Mad Hatters Tea Party Craft therapy room”. We also showcase the CLUB HOUSE, being our double story audiovisual group room holding our Phonic All Star characters for our group therapy, CLUB YICKETTY YACK-Getting Talking On Track, CLUB LITERACY and INWARD BOUND. Even our foyer and bathroom are being built with surprises for the family who visit us. Don’t forget to look out for the “genie bottle room” upstairs next to the “Knights parlor”.

WHAT DO WE OFFER?

We are currently able to offer you sponsored Speech Pathology screening services from qualified Speech Pathologists that can visit your child and meet with you at your childcare/kindergarten.

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Meet our stars of our Zip it Up for Kids Program. Zippy is our sad zip who is unable to communicate or speak-he is raising awareness for speech impaired kids. Can you zip it up… and will you then know how vital speech is?

 

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Chatty Zip is so happy as his zip is open so he can do lots of talking. The zips are worn by people sponsoring Zip It Up for Kids to help children with speech impairment.

Please contact us if you feel your child is at risk or are presenting with speech, language, early literacy, learning and attention challenges.

 

 

We are able to do this as the sponsored fee for service, as it is supported by the “Zip It Up for Kids Sponsorship Program”. We usually value this screening service  at $135 for a ½ hour screen assessment.

We are able to support a screen attendance at your kindergarten if you can arrange no less than 3 children to be assessed. The assessment will cost $60 per child ($75 is paid through our sponsorship program) and this will include an assessment with the child, a brief explanation of what was evaluated from the assessment and a screen assessment report for the kindergarten and the school that provides information about:

  • Suspected diagnosis and/ or recommendation for an assessment from another professional (eg. Paediatrician, Ent, audiologist, Occupational therapist, Psychologist, Physiotherapist
  • recommendation for funding support based on this diagnosis
  • recommendations for ongoing support or corrective treatment as needed.

WHAT MAY COME OUT OF THE SCREEN ASSESSMENT?

We will meet with you at the kindergarten or contact you by phone after the assessment to discuss our findings. If we feel that your child is demonstrating communication challenges or we feel they are at risk, we may provide you with further information and recommendations such as:

  • Individual sessions at the kindergarten or at the Speech Pathology clinic
  • Parent training groups
  • Kindergarten training groups
  • Group therapy at the kindergarten or at the Speech Pathology clinic Club House (ie. Club Yicketty Yack-Getting Talking on track )
  • Recommendation to see other Health Care Professionals
  • Suggestions for finding further financial support or funding for therapy services to support the next steps forward

 WHY ARE WE OFFERING THIS SERVICE?

As there are very long waiting lists for access into the Community Health Public assessment and treatment process for speech pathology services, this is an incentive to support children to access the necessary support and not need to wait. The wait can sometimes be 6-12 months and for a child this can be extremely devastating when it is the period of the maturation where their speech and language brain machinery is undergoing vital development. Failure to provide this support can jeopardise the child’s ability to develop and can cause error patterns in their speech to lock in and be far more challenging to correct at a later age…especially when it was easier when they were younger. The expense of this is often later in the hands of the family with extended periods of private speech pathology support given the restrictions to service for length of stay in Community Health when they do get an appointment and then later in the school setting from the Education Department when they reach school age.

 

SO HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS NEEDING THIS SERVICE? 

As speech pathologists we can support children who are demonstrating challenges with the following areas.

  • Hearing and auditory processing: The child’s ability to hear and how they process speech sounds and spoken information. Look out for children that are slower to respond, don’t follow instructions or struggle when there is more background noise.
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    Early identification of Auditory Processing challenges is vital to understand why a child is not progressing with their speech and language skills.

    Some children may also have sensitivity to noise and visual distractions.

  • Articulation and phonological development: The pronunciation of their words in their speech. Look out for errors in their speech sounds and speech that is not clear to hear.
  • Receptive vocabulary and receptive language– What words they know and understand the meaning of. Look out for children that struggle to follow instructions or misunderstand what you are saying. Some children may not be able to answer “wh” questions accurately…such as “what, who, when, where, why…as well as how”
  • Expressive vocabulary: What words they can say and retrieve those words when talking in sentences. Look out for children who speak using sentences with lots of filler words… ” um…you know…the thingy…”
  • Expressive language development: Their ability to speak in sentences. This includes not only their ability to construct a sentence or their syntactic skills, but their use of the grammatical words such as the development of words such as their pronouns (me/I, she/her, he/him, them/they), verb tense ( jumped, run/ran, eat/has eaten), copulars such as: is-are-be-am in sentences, auxiliaries-have/has/had. 
  • Pragmatic and social skills: This may include children that play on their own, do not seek to speak with people, who may have poor eye contact or may be sensitive to tones in a person’s voice. Some children may interrupt conversations, badger without learning social skills in their interactions, they may not be able to engage withholds their own age or not know how to interact naturally in a social way.
  • Voice: Look out for children who have a consistently husky-hoarse or breathy voice. They also may be children who continuously yell inside and/or outside the room and this abusive behaviour on their voice may lead to development of nodules on their vocal folds.
  • Fluency: Look out for children that can’t speak in a smooth and fluent way and may have hesitations, repetitions and blocks when talking.
  • School immaturity for learning: Some children may be easily distracted, struggle to stay seated in a chair, may find it hard to sit for long periods with a straight back or without fidgeting and touching everything. They may display challenging behaviour that makes it harder to learn within the kindergarten group.

If there are any children who are demonstrating these challenges they can be placed on the early identification list for a screening assessment.

HOW DO I START THE PROCESS TO A SCREEN ASSESSMENT?

First, ensure you have entered your details in the porthole to the right. This is a free listing service. You can also directly email our clinic at info@optcom.com.au and let us know a little about your child, their challenges, their childcare-kindergarten centre and your availability so that we can start planning how to support you.

We will then be able to contact your childcare-kindergarten as they may also have other children needing support. We will need 3 children to be screen to allocate the booking.  We will be able to forward an information pack to them and information to you that you will need to complete prior to confirmation of the assessment. This will include:

  1. A Screen assessment request form
  2. The parent permission form

These form can be sent back to us fax (07 55 284194) or pdf-email as we do need confirmation and payment prior to the booking being allocated.We can only provide the service when these documents are read, completed, signed and agreed to the terms and conditions.

When we have received a minimum of 3 for your centre, we can then allocate a time for the Speech Pathologist to visit. We then advise you of this time so that you can organise your schedule to meet us at the centre for the screen assessment.

DO I NEED TO BE PRESENT FOR THE SCREEN ASSESSMENT?

It is highly recommended that you, or another family member, be present for the screen assessment. The speech pathologist will be able to discuss finding, observations and recommendations that they observe at the time of the session and you will be able to ask any important questions at this time. Often the Speech Pathologist may also need to collect some specific details that they are raising as concerns and these may only be able to be answered by the parent based on the child’s birth, medical, developmental and educational history.

If you can not attend, then the Speech Pathologist will attempt to call you directly after the screen assessment to discuss what their findings were. A report is issued to you and your kindergarten to provide details of the evaluation and recommendations, however from experience, this is never as beneficial from directly speaking with the Speech Pathologist.

HOW DO I ARRANGE PAYMENT FOR THE SCREEN ASSESSMENT?

The subsidised screen assessment fee for $60 will need to be paid in advance prior to the session being booked by the Speech Pathologist. The families can pay for this by VISA, cheque or EFT directly to the clinic of which the details will be forwarded to you with the official invoice by email.   A receipt will be provided at the time of the assessment.

CAN I CLAIM THIS AGAINST MY HEALTH FUND OR MEDICARE?

As the $75 component has not been paid by you but the Zip IT UP for Kids Sponsorship Program, no, you can not claim this amount. However, if your Health Fund pays you back less than $60, yes, you can claim this proportion. However, if you are requiring a comprehensive assessment later and your health fund pay back more than $60, I would wait and claim this invoice to gain the best refund.

You will need to contact your health fund to look at your refund entitlements for Speech Pathology.

Medicare does enable 5 subsidised sessions of approx $53 refund each calendar year for children who have been provided with an EPC plan (Enhanced Primary Care Plan) or Chronic Disease Management Plan. However, to be eligible for this you will need to be receiving treatment from 2 or more Health Professionals for a complex condition that last more than 6 months. Discuss this with your Speech Pathologist as to whether your child may be entitled for this to then contact your General Practitioner for the referral. So, no, you can not claim this by medicare until your child has been provided with a diagnosis.

WHAT IS ZIP IT UP FOR KIDS sponsorship program?

Information about Zip it up for Kids Sponsorship program and how it provides support for children with challenges with speech, auditory processing, listening, language, literacy challenges can also be accessed online at www.zipitupforkids.com.

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As many know, speech pathologists are as rare as “goose teeth” in the community-hence why there is such a demand for the support and long waiting lists, so don’t wait to take up this opportunity which has been developed to support kids and families in our community.

 

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