Formed in 1976, the CHI.L.D Association is an incorporated voluntary organisation and registered charity whose constitutional charter is to serve the interests of children and young people with childhood language and related disorders through the promotion and provision of essential services.The organisation started with a self help program for parents conducted initially in the home of the Association’s Founding President, Mancel Ellis Robinson OAM.
Fast forward to present day and the CHI.L.D. Association remains the leader in helping children with language and related disorders find their voice.
CHI.L.D. ensures delivery of its mission through the provision of the following vital services:
The Glenleighden School established in 1979 is the only school in Australia dedicated solely to students with language disorders. The school provides programs for preschool to secondary students with crossover to mainstream. It provides comprehensive, intensive multi-disciplinary programs which are highly individualised, addressing the full scope of the students’ developmental and learning needs. The Glenleighden School uses a model of integrated, specialist service and constantly aims to be a ‘centre of excellence’ in this field of disability.
In 1994, the CHI.L.D. Association received commonwealth assistance through the Non-Schools Organisation to provide support to students in schools across Queensland. From tiny beginnings, the Outreach Program has grown to having a base in Brisbane and in Townsville. The program has relaunched as the School Support Service in 2016 to reflect the increase in services available, both funded and fee for service. The School Support Service and professional development program continues to support students with a language disorder across Queensland to enhance their participation, inclusion and educational outcomes.
The Let’s Talk Clinic in Brisbane offers multidisciplinary allied health services for children and young people with speech, language and associated disorders. Let’s Talk incorporates eTherapy as well as being providers of services under the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start commonwealth early intervention funding.
More recently, the CHI.L.D. Association has expanded its presence in Townsville through the introduction of our first Speech & Language Development Australia Clinic.