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ChatAbout Day

ChatAbout Day

TERM 4, 2009

3 November 2009

Welcomes all school aged users of High-tech augmentative communication systems

THEME OF THE DAY:    Snailbourne Cup

It’s Melbourne Cup day over in Australia so we thought we would have our own race.


9:45 am Arrive and morning tea Student attendees at this group are by invite only.  We would ask that students bring their own morning tea, as some may have special dietary requirements.  Morning tea refreshments for caregivers/support people is part of the activities this time – see below.
10:30 am Welcome and start of programme
Communication Activities:

Icebreaker – Christmas holidays

The Christmas break is at the end of the term. Come prepared to tell people what you normally do during the Christmas break. For example: Do you go away or stay at home? Do you go to the beach? Do you go camping? Do you celebrate Christmas? How do you celebrate?

Vocabulary suggestions: Anything that applies to you!


Make your own Racing Colours

With a little bit of arts and craft we will make a flag to go with your race snail. You can choose from a number of colours and patterns.
Vocabulary suggestions: Stick, glue, glitter, scissors, different colours, numbers and shapes e.g. square, circle, triangle, diamond, star, stripe etc.


Snail racing.

We will have snail race where each child will have their ‘own’ snail to follow. There will be awards for winning, and other feats.

11:45 am

Vocabulary suggestions:

Return to school.

Ready, steady, go, and appropriate encouragements e.g. run, come on, faster, right, left, wrong way, turn around etc.

Where to come: Talklink Auckland
Building 51, Entry 3
Carrington Road
Mt Albert

Attendance: Can you please RSVP to Wendy at Talklink (09) 815 3232 (ext 801) by 27 October.

Students are expected to attend with a support person.  Please consider having a back up support person if required.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards

Magnus, Claire, Leesa and Wendy

Talklink Auckland

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Speech-Language Therapist I joined the TalkLink team in 2003 and as a speech-language therapist my role is assessment and development of clients’ communication skills. As part of the TalkLink process I make recommendations regarding communication devices and strategies, arrange equipment trials and provide ongoing assistance and training for clients and carers. In addition to this I’m also involved running additional training courses and in organising our "Communicators Days", which provide opportunity for children from all over the Auckland area to join together and have fun using their communication equipment and strategies. I am Swedish by origin but trained at University College London and worked in the UK prior to coming to New Zealand in 2000. I have worked privately as well as in public healthcare and school environments. I have experience of working in paediatrics with children with speech and language delay and communication disorders including autism and have also worked with adult clients, primarily in rehabilitation of neurological conditions and traumatic brain injury.

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