Formed in 1976, Speech & Language Development Australia (SALDA) is an incorporated voluntary organisation and registered charity whose constitutional charter is to serve the interests of children and young people with Language Disorder. The organisation started with a self help program for parents conducted initially in the home of the organisation’s Founding President, Mancel Ellis Robinson OAM.
Fast forward to present day and the SALDA remains the leader in helping children and young people with Language Disorder find their voice. SALDA ensures delivery of its mission through the provision of the following vital services:
The Glenleighden School is Australia’s leading specialist speech and language school helping children from Prep (Foundation) to Year 12. The school was established in 1979 and provides comprehensive, intensive multi-disciplinary programs which are highly individualised, addressing the full scope of the students’ developmental and learning needs.
In 1994, SALDA partnered with the Department of Education and Training (Non-Schools Organisation) to provide support to students in schools across Queensland. From tiny beginnings, the School Support Service 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.
Additionally our organisation undertakes research to deliver quality, evidence based services. We advocate on behalf of children and families affected by Language disorder and offer professional development for educators and health professionals.