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

Email: circ@scopeaust.org.au

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!

Summary Report

Full Report

More information

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 circ@scopeaust.org.au.