Paula Shennan

Author's details

Name: Paula Shennan
Date registered: February 16, 2012
URL: http://www.talklink.org.nz

Biography

I am a Speech and Language Therapist who joined the Talklink Auckland team in November 2011. I have an interest in the area of Assistive Technology and enabling and empowering individuals to communicate using various means.

Latest posts

  1. Justin Tate — July 19, 2018
  2. AAC Tools Workshops — July 9, 2018
  3. Talking Mats Courses 2018 — April 20, 2018
  4. Benefits of attending an AAC SIG — January 16, 2017
  5. Tip of the Month January 2017: Co-Scripting ideas for children — January 10, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Creating communication Opportunities Throughout the School day — 22 comments
  2. Benefits of attending an AAC SIG — 5 comments
  3. AAC Bootcamp by Lauren Enders — 4 comments
  4. August 2015 Tip of the Month – Social Stories — 3 comments
  5. TalkLink – Jamie Blair the Emergent Communicator and Reader — 2 comments

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Justin Tate

Justin Tate, our amazing IT Systems Manager, Tech Support and repair guru, sadly passed away recently after a long illness. His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and we are working hard to ensure that all the great support that he has provided our staff, suppliers and clients over the past 13 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2018/07/19/justin-tate/

AAC Tools Workshops

AAC Tools Workshop A practical, hands-on workshop where clinicians can upskill around the latest AAC systems available for trial and assessment consideration. This 6 hour workshop will focus on Low, Mid and High-tech options for clients who meet CAT Level 1 criteria. The day focusses on using SETT toinform decision making, identifying important features and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2018/07/09/aac-tools-workshops/

Talking Mats Courses 2018

  Could Talking Mats help you? Talking Mats® has the potential for use with a wide range of people. It is a visual framework, which helps people think about issues and provides them with a way of expressing their views more easily. Participants have included Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Doctors, Nurses, Advocacy Workers, Service Planners, Social …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2018/04/20/talking-mats-courses-2018/

Benefits of attending an AAC SIG

Once every term Polly Khushal, Meryl Bowen and Kristy McCullum organise a Special Interest Group (SIG) at the TalkLink Auckland office for people using AAC in Education and Health settings. Participants are mostly SLTs but on occasions there have been a few keen OTs, PTs and teachers who have attended some meetings. These meetings are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/01/16/benefits-of-attending-an-aac-sig/

Tip of the Month January 2017: Co-Scripting ideas for children

Active learning is vital for students with complex communication needs. If a child is a passive learner, no neurological pathways are being laid down so limited or no learning is being achieved. Often we spend a lot of time asking these children constant YES/NO questions in a testing context. Also we are sometimes not sure …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/01/10/tip-of-the-month-january-2017-co-scripting-ideas-for-children/

Tip of the Month – December 2016 – Christmas

Tips for talking about Christmas by Fern Jones (SLT) It is that time of year where conversations turn to all things Christmassey! Here are some ways you can join in with all the Christmas festivities with your communication systems. Happy holidays! Help me write my Christmas list or a letter to Santa Even if writing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/12/05/tip-of-the-month-december-2016-christmas/

November 2016: Voice Banking update

Voice Banking In the last 12 months, advances in voice banking have allowed more people to record their own voices to create an individualised synthetic voice for use in a communication device. What is the difference between voice banking and phrase banking? Some people like the idea of using their own voice when it becomes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/11/21/november-2016-voice-banking-update/

Tip of the Month November 2016: Switch Skills Progression

This Tip of the Month follows on from a previous post about Early Single Switch skills. When the person you are working with is able to activate a single switch in multiple locations (within their scope of physical movements), you can begin to teach the use of two switches for two different functions. The purpose …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/11/15/tip-of-the-month-november-2016-switch-skills-progression/

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