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Access Communication

Access Communication is a community interest company, launched in April 2021, and is Northern Ireland's first pro-neurodiversity Speech and Language Therapy Practice, offering specialist services to support the speech, language and communication needs of autistic children and young people.

 

Services offered at Access Communication honour and empower authentic, autistic communication. 


Get in touch to see how we can help you and your loved ones.

Services

Care By Professionals You Can Trust

Access Communication provides compassionate and high-quality services.
Our practice aligns with the principles of neurodiversity, which value all kinds of minds and neurological differences.
We support individuals to successfully communicate, to be understood and to be their authentic selves.  
We offer speech and language therapy assessment, personalised therapy programmes,
and training for parents, teachers, early years staff, health professionals and youth workers.
Multi-disciplinary Autism Assessment is available.
Initial telephone or online consultations are provided at no charge.
In-person and teletherapy sessions are available.

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Speech and Language Therapy Services

Quality Care

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Multi-disciplinary Autism Assessment

Compassionate, strengths-based assessments

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Parent and Professional Training

Informed and practical training sessions

Interested in accessing communication support for your child? Contact us by phone Tel: 07720286344 or email us to see what we can offer you. Email: info@accesscommunication.org.uk

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

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FAQs

Do you offer free consultations?

Initial telephone consultations are free of charge. Contact us to see how we can help your family member.

Tel: 07720286344

Email us at info@accesscommunication.org.uk

What is your new client procedure?

An initial appointment for Speech and Language Therapy support involves case-history taking followed by an individual assessment of your child's communication needs. This appointment can be completed in two parts. The case-history taking can be completed by telephone or via Zoom at a time of your choice. The individual assessment will take place in your own home or in one of our clinic settings. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What happens after the initial assessment?

We will provide you with advice, signposting and specific recommendations on completion of the initial assessment. This information will be shared with your child's GP and with involved health or educational professionals, as necessary, with your consent. If a period of therapy support is recommended, that can be arranged to suit your needs.

What is involved in an average speech and language therapy session?

Helping your child become a better communicator will involve everyone in your child's life understanding his/her needs, and playing their part in being a supportive communication partner. All your child's supporters can ensure your child has opportunities to learn more about communicating and help your child experience success in communication, in whatever form that may be. To achieve this, Speech and Language Therapy sessions involve one to one work with your child, as well as advice and modeling of speech, language, communication supports/strategies to parents, educators and other professionals, as necessary. Bespoke Communication Training sessions can be provided to further support your child's communication at home or school.

Individual or group therapy sessions usually last 45 to 60 minutes. 

When commencing a period of Speech and Language Therapy, the therapist and parent will agree the number of sessions required to achieve the agreed therapy goals. 

Should you decide that your child no longer requires Speech and Language Therapy, you can opt out at anytime. 

My child receives SLT from the NHS; will that be a problem?

With your consent, we will always liaise with your child's NHS SLT. It should be possible for both therapists to work together, with your child's best interests and needs at heart.

My child is in receipt of an ABA programme; will that be a problem?

Speech and Language Therapy support at Access Communication is provided within a pro-neurodiversity framework, which honours autistic communication and thinking. This approach is in contrast to the goals of behavioural programmes. As the two approaches are underpinned by differing philosophy, we regret that we are unable to work with your child if they are enrolled in an ABA programme.

How much does Speech and Language Therapy at Access Communication cost?

  • Speech and Language Therapy Assessment, Advice & Report: £150*

  • Individual SLT session: £75*

  • 6 small group SLT sessions: £120

  • Bespoke Communication Training: prices on request

  • Multidisciplinary Autism Assessment: price available on request

  • Advice clinics: free of charge

  • 1 hour talk to parent organisations: free of charge

  • Look forward to future video sessions/tutorials which will be free of charge.

*Mileage fees may be charged.​

If you are unable to keep an appointment, please contact as soon as you can. 

Interested in accessing communication support for your child or in commissioning Communication Training for your specific setting?

Contact us by phone Tel: 07720286344 or Email: info@accesscommunication.org.uk

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Our Story

Northern Ireland's first Pro-Neurodiversity Speech and Language Therapy Practice

Our Vision: A society where autistic children and adults thrive and where their authentic communication is valued, understood, and accepted. 

Our Mission: To provide therapeutic support, advice, resources and professional advocacy for the direct and/or indirect benefit of autistic children and young people, and others with communication challenges.

At Access Communication, we acknowledge the endless variation in human minds and consequently, the great variation in how people communicate and interact; however, we recognise that there is still a lack of understanding and acceptance of communication styles that differ from the majority in society, in general. This lack of understanding and acceptance can make everyday events/experiences, education and community participation more difficult, stressful and sometimes, impossible. A lack of understanding and acceptance can mean that autistic children and young people do not access the support and accommodations they need to be successful and to do the things they want to do, in the way that is best for them.

We want to contribute to making a change in how society includes, accepts and supports neurodivergent people, especially autistic children and young people.  Informed by current research and by the many autistic and neurodivergent advocates, we will provide a range of supports and services that will help us achieve our mission.  

At Access Communication, our practice is underpinned by the following beliefs and principles:

  • Every child/young person has the potential to learn. 

  • Every child/young person has the right to communicate in a way that is accessible for them.

  • Every child/young person has the right succeed in their own life, regardless of barriers they may encounter.

  • To achieve this, every child and young person with communication needs should access the support they need to reach their goals so that they can achieve happiness and personal accomplishment.

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27 Rathfriland Road
Hilltown, Newry,
BT34 5YN
United Kingdom

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