But wait… there’s more! Did you know, that as well as being a communication device, there are some added extras that your device may be able to do? Some communication devices and iPad apps allow you to have access to social media, internet browsing and emails? There are also dedicated communication devices that can also send and receive text messages Read More
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.