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4 days ago
The Speech Tree

For some time now I, as a neurodivergent clinician leading a team, have felt uncomfortable standing so strongly as an advocate for neurodiversity affirming practices whilst continuing to produce terribly deficit based reports for assessments and funding applications. I am pleased to inform my Speech Tree community that going forward all documents produced in our clinic will include the statement below. I'm still not okay with writing these reports but until the system changes they are a necessary step for our clients to receive support. ~Frances ❤💬🌳 ... See MoreSee Less

For some time now I, as a neurodivergent clinician leading a team, have felt uncomfortable standing so strongly as an advocate for neurodiversity affirming practices whilst continuing to produce terribly deficit based reports for assessments and funding applications. I am pleased to inform my Speech Tree community that going forward all documents produced in our clinic will include the statement below. Im still not okay with writing these reports but until the system changes they are a necessary step for our clients to receive support. ~Frances ❤💬🌳

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Love, love, love this! This IS how we start to change the system, one report at a time. This IS advocacy in action!

Love this. I hate writing deficit based reports, so this rings home to me. Thank you for making this statement to support people xx 😘

You are fabulous, it is always so harrowing to read these reports, and while as a parent we understand and want to get the best support for our children having it acknowledged is so very valuable x

Such a good way to acknowledge this issue!

Just one of the MANY reasons my family loves The Speech Tree family. This fills my bucket!

Love it!!! Well done Frances, so proud to be part of the speech tree family 🥰

This is so good to see! Well done.

I absolutely love this!! We hate having to present reports using this model too, it’s so deflating! Thanks for leading the way 🎉

Love ya work Frances!! We certainly need more amazing humans like you and your team in our lives 😀

Beautifully done Frances. You have a way with words and children that is inclusive and supportive. Love your work 😊

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Spread that message far and wide!

Ah.maz.ing Frances 🙌🏻💛

Thank you, Frances. We are looking at something similar. Grateful that you have shared this for us all to learn from. Thank you.

Frances Kirkwood I love this! Well done 😀 👏 🥰

Niki Ikin 💪🏼

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1 week ago
The Speech Tree

We're getting ready - we only have 1 place left in our epic school holiday Mario Kart Tournament. Make sure you reach out to our Client Care Team if you would like to book the lucky last place! 🏎🏆💬🌳 ... See MoreSee Less

Were getting ready - we only have 1 place left in our epic school holiday Mario Kart Tournament. Make sure you reach out to our Client Care Team if you would like to book the lucky last place! 🏎🏆💬🌳
3 weeks ago
The Speech Tree

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The perfect wet weather school holiday activity - The Ultimate Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament! From organising our teams, designing our emblem and the all important team spirit we will cover it all...but most importantly it will be so much fun!!! 3 big screens, 3 teams....who will take home the gold? Contact admin if you're interested as places are limited (Sessions will run 5th and 7th of July 9:30-11am). 🏁🏆🗨️🌳 ... See MoreSee Less

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The perfect wet weather school holiday activity - The Ultimate Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament! From organising our teams, designing our emblem and the all important team spirit we will cover it all...but most importantly it will be so much fun!!! 3 big screens, 3 teams....who will take home the gold? Contact admin if youre interested as places are limited (Sessions will run 5th and 7th of July 9:30-11am). 🏁🏆🗨️🌳Image attachment

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Hendrix would LOVE this!! It looks awesome!! Well done 🤩

Omg you have the best job!!

Where are you located? Do you need to be a client?

3 weeks ago
The Speech Tree

I'm so proud of my Yellow Ladybugs, Autistic Girls & Women colleagues for putting together such a powerful submission to the Royal Commission hearing on education. There is so much work to be done in this space, I'm honoured to have been given a chance to share my story as part of the submission in the hopes that we can change the school system so that it supports rather than punishes children with a disability. ❤️ Frances 🗨️🌳 ... See MoreSee Less

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Hopefully there can be some change! There just isn’t enough options or supports available for neurodivergent kids.

3 weeks ago
The Speech Tree

Embarrassment, shame, anger - these were the emotions that dominated my schooling years. Today I had the opportunity to share my experiences at the Yellow Ladybugs, Autistic Girls & Women #YLBconference2022. It was great to be able to share what I went through, as well as some tips for how schools can better support our neurodivergent young people. So many amazing minds and hearts in one room! ~Frances 💛🐞🗨️🌳 ... See MoreSee Less

Embarrassment, shame, anger - these were the emotions that dominated my schooling years. Today I had the opportunity to share my experiences at the Yellow Ladybugs, Autistic Girls & Women #YLBconference2022. It was great to be able to share what I went through, as well as some tips for how schools can better support our neurodivergent young people. So many amazing minds and hearts in one room! ~Frances 💛🐞🗨️🌳

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Frances you were fantastic, loved hearing you speak today…didn’t get a chance to pop over and say hi. What an incredible day!

Was fantastic to listen to you Frances. I love what you are doing in schools and the program sounds great.

I watched online. What a brilliant conference. Loved hearing you speak. Thank you so much for sharing your experience 💛

I watched you online, you were amazing and inspiring ❤️

I really loved your presentation

So proud of you Frances.xx

You are amazing Frances

Amazing!! So pleased you are able to contribute to this space Frances Kirkwood .

Proud of you 👊🏻

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