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Creating communication Opportunities Throughout the School day

Creating Communication Opportunities throughout the school day


 A practical course for education and health professionals, families, whanau and other interested people. This workshop looks at ways to maximise the use of low tech communication tools to support student’s expressive and receptive communication skills.

This workshop covers:

  • The essential skills you need to be a good communication partner
  • Developing a communication toolkit
  • Core vocabulary:   what it is and how to help children learn to use it
  • Communication books and boards:   what to put in them and how to make sure they are useful and used
  • Planning communication opportunities


Lots of practical tools, resources, tips and tricks will be shared.

Cost: $50.00 per person, parents and whanau are free.

Group discounts are available please email courses@talklink.org.nz to discuss your requirements.


Wellington – registrations are now closed

Tuesday 5th August  2014, 9.30am-2.30pm

Please note a change in venue:

Maungaraki Baptist Church

164 Dowse Drive

Lower Hutt

Morning tea will be provided, please bring your own lunch



To register please select the appropriate form below e.g. school/organisation choose professional.

Cancellations must be made 7 days prior to the course.







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Jane Wendelken
I am interested in setting up environments and programmes which create opportunities for communicating at all levels and creating literacy programmes to suit the needs of my students.

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  1. Rachel Jones

    I attended this course at Botany Auckland today Dec 1st with my SLT colleague, Gemma Gasson and we found it extremely informative and useful. Thank you Polly.
    Can you please put us on your email list for upcoming courses. The literacy course would be excellent for some of our teachers here at Rosehill Special School in Papakura. I am sorry we didnt complete an evaluation sheet. We will post them in

  2. Lisa Hill

    Any chance of this course being held in Nelson?

    1. Ann Smaill
      Ann Smaill

      Hi Lisa
      Yes we are planning to run this course in Nelson later in the year. I am currently working with the Special Education team to gauge interest, so any thoughts about where and when we run a course are welcome. As the literacy course is next week we thought that there probably needed to be a gap before running the Communication Opportunities course so that people could get release to attend. The other option is to run the course after school hours.

  3. Hester warren

    Is this for children under 5 yrs old?

    1. paula
      Paula Shennan

      Hi Hester,

      This course is appropriate for children under 5 who have communication needs and attend an early childhood education facility.

  4. Simone Peters


    I would like to know if any of these work shops will be held in Whangarei in the very near future and if you could put me on your email list.

    Look forward to your reply


    1. Paula Shennan
      Paula Shennan

      Hi Simone,

      We have run this course in Whangarei earlier this year. We are currently in the process of arranging courses for next year and these will be published on the site as soon as dates are set. Keep an eye out! Thanks

  5. Amelia Gilmore

    Hi, I am sad to have missed this opportunity in Christchurch, assuming I have. Could the date for this be clarified, please. Thanks


    1. talklink.org.nz

      Hi Amelia,

      sorry this was just posted today and the month was actually incorrect, it is in April not March.
      The post has now been corrected, apologies again.


  6. Frances

    Are you running these courses in Dunedin soon? Thanks

    1. Paula Shennan
      Paula Shennan

      Hi Frances,

      We will be running this course in Dunedin later in the year, the date still needs to be finalised.


  7. Liesl

    Hi Jane, i attended your course in Auckland in September. You mentioned something on the day about Touch Cues and a book yo set up with it in. You were going to put together another one. Just checking if it is already availabe?

    1. Jane Wendelken
      Jane Wendelken

      Hi Liesl

      Thank you for reminding me! Yes, Fern and I have been meaning to do this…I’m going to get onto it today!


    2. Liesl

      Fantastic, i have been searching on the internet but can’t find anything descent.

  8. Liesl

    Hi Jane,

    How are you getting on with the Touch Cues? As you can probalby tell I’m very keen to get in so we can put it in place in the School where I work.


    1. Jane Wendelken
      Jane Wendelken

      I’ve just sent you an email with these attached. Sorry it took a few weeks! This may be tip of the month for November!!

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