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

Kids Chat 2 You

We are bringing workshops, one-to-one personal consultation sessions and free customised communication aids to Victoria! Our workshops cover information on communication aids, the range of non electronic options available, how to use them, and how to access them now and under the NDIS. The consultations are specific to your child, and we can provide advice, recommendations and design a communication aid with you that we can send to you later. For more information about consultations, click here

Kids Chat 2 You Webinar

Watch the workshop online. While we recommend attending the workshop in person, we understand that this is not always possible. If you can’t attend, or have already and want to hear it again, or share it with your friends and family, we’ve made a shortened version of the workshop into this webinar here for you.

We appreciate your feedback! Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey and tell us what you think of the webinar.

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Apart from other uses as permitted under the Copyright Act (Cth) 1968 (the Act) or separate agreement as permitted by Scope, all other rights are reserved. Access and use of content made available is undertaken at the users on risk.
If you require permission for any other use you may contact Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre at 1300 4 72673 or CIRC@scopeaust.org.au .
We would like to acknowledge and reference our use of content from the following:
1. CAMP, used with permission from Julie Tan (speech pathologist)
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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.