Kids Chat is a Scope program that provides individualised non-electronic communication aids to children with complex communication needs in Victoria.
Through Kids Chat, children under the age of 17 can receive a customised communication aid that is theirs to keep. See examples of the types of communication aids we make.
The Kids Chat aids are fully funded, thanks to the generous funding from Westfield’s Charity Partnership with Scope and other generous donations.
For more information on Kids Chat 2 You regional workshops and information consultations click here
How will a communication aid help my child?
For some helpful information on the benefits of introducing a communication aid, and to see some common concerns and myths addressed (i.e.: “Will introducing a communication aid stop my child from talking?”) please download our free podcast: “Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) in children with cerebral palsy”
Who can receive a funded communication aid?
To qualify, children must meet all the following criteria:
- be 17 years old or younger
- live in Victoria
- have complex communication needs (where speech alone does not meet communication needs)
- be eligible for services under the Disability Act (2006).
For further information on eligibility, please refer to the Kids Chat guidelines
How to apply
- Complete the Online Application Form
- Download and complete a paper version of the Kids Chat Application Form
- Make sure you have all the information before submitting your application. The application cannot be processed without all relevant documents and files.
- Send the form back to Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre by email, post or fax:
Post: Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre
830 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, VIC 3128
Fax: 03 9843 2033
A pilot study
Results from the pilot Kids Chat research – the first 100 communication aids!
For ideas or more information on how to design a communication aid, you can download our handout “How to Design a Communication Aid“.
If you would like to discuss your application or would like some advice from a consultant speech pathologist about selecting or designing communication aids, please contact Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre on 03 9843 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.