Ann Smaill

Ann Smaill

Author's details

Name: Ann Smaill
Date registered: October 17, 2010

Biography

I am the General Manager of the TalkLink Trust, and also a speech-language therapist. I have been working with people who have complex communication needs for many years.

Latest posts

  1. Raising the Profile of AAC — February 23, 2017
  2. Tip of the Month February 2017: Prompting — February 1, 2017
  3. Being involved in CAGs: The experience of an SLT student — December 14, 2016
  4. TalkLink Trust: Celebrating Twenty Five Years — December 1, 2016
  5. Christchurch Earthquake — November 16, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. KiwiChat Camp — 4 comments
  2. Christchurch Earthquake — 2 comments
  3. Draft NZ Disability Strategy — 2 comments
  4. Raising the Profile of AAC — 2 comments
  5. New Developments with NZ Relay — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Raising the Profile of AAC

Last year I talked about becoming an AAC Activist, as well as joining the Giving Voice Aotearoa campaign, all in the name of building awareness and breaking down communication barriers.

So when in December last year we came across this post in PrAACtical AAC, which peeked into the AAC practices of Angi Pearce, a teacher at Kowhai School in Hastings we were buzzing!!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/02/23/raising-the-profile-of-aac/

Tip of the Month February 2017: Prompting

  Prompts are cues designed to support a person using a communication system take up a communication opportunity.  It is easy to fall into the trap of wanting a person to use their communication system so much that you jump in too quickly and over prompt them using physical, verbal and visual prompts. Over prompting …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/02/01/tip-of-the-month-february-2017-prompting/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/12/14/being-involved-in-cags-the-experience-of-an-slt-student/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/12/01/talklink-trust-celebrating-twenty-five-years/

Christchurch Earthquake

Following the events of the last few weeks, its a timely reminder that we have visuals on hand to support those who may have difficulty understanding what has happened and is going on. TalkLink Trust and People First www.peoplefirst.org.nz have been thinking about ways we can assist people affected by the Earthquake. For some people …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/11/16/christchurch-earthquake/

TalkLink Trust AGM

The TalkLink Trust 2016 AGM will be held at 4.00 pm Thursday 24 November 2016 at the TalkLink Trust offices Building 51, Entry 3, Unitec Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland This year the TalkLink Trust turns 25. Help us celebrate a quarter of century of Assistive Technology services. Thank you for your continued support. For …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/11/08/talklink-trust-agm/

Draft NZ Disability Strategy

The draft NZ Disability Strategy is now out: here is the link http://jointheconversation.nz/ 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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/08/03/nz-draft-disability-strategy/

National Volunteer Week 2016

Each year New Zealand celebrates National Volunteer Week to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution of New Zealand’s approximately 1.2 million volunteers to social development, the economy and the environment.

This year, National Volunteer Week is being celebrated between Sunday 19th and Saturday 25th June 2016 and focuses on time through the following two sayings:

Make time – Whai whā
Thanks for making time – Kia ora mō tāu whai whā

TalkLink would like to take this opportunity to recognise our volunteers, people who fit us into their busy schedules. In particular, our hardworking TalkLink Trust Board members who give freely of their time and help us think strategically, in order that we can provide the best possible services.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/06/21/national-volunteer-week-2016/

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