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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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Tip of the Month October 2016: Attention and Listening

Tip of the Month October 2016 Attention and Listening By Fern Jones (SLT) Attention and listening skills are some of the foundation skills to developing good language skills. The ability to watch, listen and retain information from the people you are sharing an activity with, is an essential skill to building sound language and communication …

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Tip of the Month September 2016: Voice Control of Mobile Phones

Voice Control of Mobile Phones People can often struggle with direct access to their mobile phones for a number of reasons, including Decreased upper limb function Visual problems Decreased hand function/dexterity Tremors Decreased cognition It is a lot more common for people to already own ‘Smart Phones’ these days, which, with a little bit of …

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KiwiChat Day Christchurch, Term 3 2016

KiwiChat Olympians: A Golden Day Once a term in Christchurch, TalkLink run a KiwiChat group for primary school students, secondary school students and young adults. These are a great opportunity for people to come together and share stories and experiences using their communication devices and tools. This term we struck gold and had a special …

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Draft NZ Disability Strategy

The draft NZ Disability Strategy is now out: here is the link We need to provide feedback to this document if we want to ensure that communication is well included. The Disability Strategy is a high level document, and one cannot fault the intent. Highlights for me are around the “whole-of-life approach” and the …

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Tip of the Month – August 2016, Partner Assisted Scanning

Partner Assisted Scanning  What is Partner Assisted Scanning Partner Assisted Scanning (PAS)? PAS is an access method used by some AAC users who cannot directly select words or phrases themselves using their hands or fingers to point. Options are presented to the individual either using auditory or visual (or both) scanning. Visual scanning is when …

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KiwiChat Day Term 2 – Auckland

The Term 2 “Senior” Kiwi Chat Day in Auckland saw a huge turn-out and was a great success! The Monster themed Kiwi Chat Day at Sommerville School. Everyone made at least one new friend and hugs were shared at the end of the day as well as plenty of great conversation on iPads, core boards …

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