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  • TalkLink works with people of all ages who, due to a disability, have difficulties with speaking, writing, learning and/or with controlling their environment.
  • The TalkLink Trust has contracts with the Ministry of Health and ACC which allows TalkLink to offer free specialist assessment services to eligible clients.
  • The TalkLink team is able to provide services throughout New Zealand, and usually travel to meet with their clients in a location chosen by the client.

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Benefits of attending an AAC SIG

Once every term Polly Khushal, Meryl Bowen and Kristy McCullum organise a Special Interest Group (SIG) at the TalkLink Auckland office for people using AAC in Education and Health settings. Participants are mostly SLTs but on occasions there have been a few keen OTs, PTs and teachers who have attended some meetings. These meetings are …

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Tip of the Month January 2017: Co-Scripting ideas for children

Active learning is vital for students with complex communication needs. If a child is a passive learner, no neurological pathways are being laid down so limited or no learning is being achieved. Often we spend a lot of time asking these children constant YES/NO questions in a testing context. Also we are sometimes not sure …

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Being involved in CAGs: The experience of an SLT student

Being involved in the Communication Abilities Group (CAGs) at TalkLink in Auckland highlighted the power of support groups and networks for adults with communication difficulties. As a Speech Language Therapy (SLT) student, I was fortunate enough to participate in CAGs this year. CAGs is a group for adults who use low and high tech multimodal …

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Review of Linda Burkhart workshop

  Several of us at the TalkLink Trust were lucky enough to attend a two-day workshop presented by Linda J. Burkhart in October this year. What a fantastic couple of days! Linda has such a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching children with complex communication needs. As a teacher, I found it particularly refreshing …

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Tip of the Month – December 2016 – Christmas

Tips for talking about Christmas by Fern Jones (SLT) It is that time of year where conversations turn to all things Christmassey! Here are some ways you can join in with all the Christmas festivities with your communication systems. Happy holidays! Help me write my Christmas list or a letter to Santa Even if writing …

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KiwiChat Sibling Camp – 2017

Roll Up Roll Up … The First-Ever KiwiChat Sibling Camp Where:            Sunnydene School (48 Smallfield Ave, Mount Roskill, Auckland 1042)   When:             Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April (Easter School Holidays) 2017   Time:               9am – 3pm   Who:               Children who use communication systems and their siblings   Day 1:   …

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TalkLink Trust: Celebrating Twenty Five Years

Life is often about choices. We make them every day, sometimes they are good choices or even life changing choices, and sometimes in hindsight we wished we never made that particular choice. We learn from making choices. I made one of my best choices ever, back in 1992, when I was asked if I would …

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KiwiChat Day term 4 – Waikato

The term 4 Kiwichat day in Waikato was based around music and we had a great morning. This was based at Patricia Avenue School and we had a range of students of various ages communicating with coreboards, PODD books, and iPads with communication apps. We had a morning filled with different music based activities. We …

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