On Wednesday the 13th of August 2014, we had a Kiwichat Day in the Bay of Plenty region. It was the first time this group of kids and adults had got together for this kind of event. We all had a fantastic time watching and talking about movies! Everyone had a go at writing a fan letter to their favourite Read More
This month’s Tip of the Month comes from Community Speech Language Therapist Robyn Gibson from North Shore Hospital in Auckland. She created a fantastic information sheet to be included in generic nurse training around disability awareness within the hospital. It provides a lovely overview of what AAC communication aids are and how to use them.
Language and communication is complex and often challenging for our early communicators. Early communicators are people of all ages who do not have a reliable method of expressive communication through symbolic language.
The first questions that I ask of teams on initial visits following a new referral include “How does X communicate with you?”, and “How do you usually know that X is enjoying something or doesn’t want to do something?”.
Visual schedules come in all shapes and sizes and are used for a variety of reasons at home, in school or in a vocational setting. No matter what they look like, the key is the active use of the schedule! The best visual schedules are referred to throughout the day, and changed regularly. Are you starting out with using visuals in this way? Do you need to freshen up or update a current system? Jessamy Amm (TalkLink SLT) has put together this useful guide to help you on your way.
Regularly backing up any system you are using is important as you never know when technology will play up. There is nothing worse than having to start from scratch if you lose something, and when we are talking about someone’s communication system, you really do not want to start all over. April’s tip is all about how to back up Read More
Unsure of how to carry over skills learned in one environment into another? Check out March’s Tip of the Month. Michelle gives some great simple and practical tips that she has found useful in her practice. March 2014 Tip of the Month
Judith Duncan is a TalkLink client. She was recently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. In this article Judith talks about the effects of MND on her life and the importance of maintaining her ability to communicate. Judith uses an iPad with a communication app (ClaroCom) to communicate.
Did you know you can lock a user into a single app on an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch? Want to disable the ‘home’ button? Want to stop the screen from rotating all the time? Check out February’s Tip of the Month on how to do all these things and more!
The TalkLink Trust work with a vast group of people with a multitude of communication disabilities. One of the groups we regularly work with are people who have a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease (MND).