Working with special needs and the NDIS

The Communicate Speech Pathologists are highly trained and empathetic professionals who have been working in the disability sector for over 18 years. Working within a compassionate and understanding framework, they are committed to improving the lives of all people with Communication difficulties no matter their level of ability or background.

Communicate’s philosophy is centred on the premise that individuals with special needs and communication difficulties are able to make great progress when treatment is aimed at recognising their strengths and individual abilities. At Communicate, whilst we work to remediate our client’s difficulties and seek to make improvements for them we do not focus on their deficits. We look at what the individual CAN do. We acknowledge that therapy can be challenging for some of our special needs clients and we work to ensure that their self-esteem is nurtured throughout the therapy process. With the right encouragement and support every client has the opportunity to make wonderful gains.

Communicate has a reputation amongst our referral networks and peers for working with clients with special needs of all ages and level of ability. We see the potential in every client and can often make a difference for children and adults who have been given a poor prognosis.

Our therapists have expertise in the area of augmentative communication and are very proficient in developing advanced communication systems for our clients with special needs to assist in their everyday communication. We work with the latest technology such as the Proloquo2go for communication on the Apple ipad. We also design, create and provide training for PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display) communication books and communication boards.

Our skills in the PROMPT technique have also proven very useful in eliciting speech production in non-verbal children. We have seen speech develop in our clients who were previously told they would only achieve communication using sign language or visuals.

Communicate has had the opportunity to work in many special needs schools and Autism satellite classes across Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra and Melbourne.

The speech therapists at Communicate are dedicated to helping children and adults with special needs and are proud of our association with many special needs schools and organisations.


The team at Communicate are registered providers of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Our therapists have extensive experience in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Cerebral, Palsy, sight and hearing impairment and Fragile X Syndrome for over 18 years. See our Speech Therapy Funding page for more information about NDIS funding for children with disabilities.


As registered providers of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Communicate Speech Pathology is also able to service the communication needs of adults with special needs within the home environment, supported work places or via telehealth. We have partnered with many organisations to provide one-to-one therapy to address various communication needs. Our model also ensures practical and meaningful special needs speech therapy support structures can be put in place for the individual and their carers. See our Speech Therapy Funding page for more information about NDIS funding for adults with disabilities

If you are keen to know more about our services or refer a potential client, please feel free to contact us on 02 9328 3444 or via our contact form.