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KiwiChat Day moves North

The TalkLink Trust is always looking for new ways to support our clients, their families and the professional team around them. Over a number of years we have supported the local teams in Auckland to run a “Kiwi Chat Day” or “Chat About day”. This is an opportunity for students to come together from all over Auckland, spend the morning meeting new people, making new friends and generally having fun. It is also a great opportunity for the people supporting them to get some ideas, catch up on what’s new and watch the students have a blast!

This year Kiwi Chat Day moved north. I have been lucky enough to have been working in Northland for the last 18 months or so and couldn’t wait to get Kiwi Chat Day up and running in the area with the help from Magnus, Jane, Rebekah and of course the fantastic local teams. The response has been amazing! Bringing together children from Mainstream schools, satellite classes and Blomfield School has been fantastic. Each Kiwi Chat day has a theme and we started off with Easter. The students had an amazing time going on an Easter Egg Hunt, making baskets and playing ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ Easter style. The whole team were so excited and we couldn’t wait for Term 2’s day to roll around. This time the theme was ‘Animals’ and we even had the chance to meet a rabbit and a turtle. Our students shared a story and made great comments about the rabbit. The students worked really well as a team when making their animal masks, commenting on everything going on. Once again we played ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ and we had joint winners.

Both days in the Northland region have been a fantastic success. It was great for teams around each student to see them using their communication system to the best of their ability. We had students using high tech communication aids, mid tech communication aids, low tech communication aids and sign – a great example of multi-modal communication. It has also been great to see local teams feeling excited and empowered by coming and working together.

The next Kiwi Chat Day in Northland will be 18th September in Whangarei. If you’d like more information contact your local SLT in the area or call TalkLink on 09 815 3232.

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Fern Jones

Fern Jones

Speech Language Therapist at The Talklink Trust
My passion is working with profound and multiple learning disabilities and providing communication solutions for clients and their families.

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