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. October is AAC Awareness Month — October 5, 2017
  2. Tip of the Month April 2017: Symbols in AAC Systems — April 3, 2017
  3. Tip of the Month March 2017 — March 6, 2017
  4. Raising the AAC Profile Part 2 — February 28, 2017
  5. Raising the Profile of AAC — February 23, 2017

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. Tip of the Month April 2017: Symbols in AAC Systems — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

October is AAC Awareness Month

      October is AAC awareness month. As AAC activists and supporters of the NZ Speech-Language Therapists’ Associations Giving Voice Aotearoa campaign, which aims to make New Zealand communication accessible, TalkLink will be doubling our efforts to raise awareness this month. We are going to start by busting some of the AAC myths. We …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/10/05/october-is-aac-awareness-month/

Tip of the Month April 2017: Symbols in AAC Systems

Symbols There are a number of different published symbol set options available for use on both high tech communication devices and for creating low-tech resources These include PCS/Boardmaker symbols (Mayer Johnson), Minspeak icons (Semantic Compaction System), Symbolstix (N2Y Inc.) and others (please see this link for a more detailed summary of symbols options). The use …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/04/03/tip-of-the-month-april-2017-symbols-in-aac-systems/

Tip of the Month March 2017

Tar Heel Gameplay Another fantastic resource from the Tar Heel team What is it? Tar Heel Gameplay is a free to use website, allowing anyone to make, share and find switch accessible activities out of existing videos or videos from Youtube. If you need some free, fun resources to let your students practice their switching, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/03/06/tip-of-the-month-march-2017/

Raising the AAC Profile Part 2

Last week we talked about the positive impact having a teacher share her successes in using AAC tools and strategies can have on other teachers. So consider the impact that a person who uses AAC can have on people’s lives when they share their insights. We know how positive this can be whenever our TalkLink …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/02/28/raising-the-aac-profile-part-2/

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/

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