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. Benefits of attending an AAC SIG — January 16, 2017
  2. Tip of the Month January 2017: Co-Scripting ideas for children — January 10, 2017
  3. Review of Linda Burkhart workshop — December 12, 2016
  4. Tip of the Month – December 2016 – Christmas — December 5, 2016
  5. KiwiChat Sibling Camp – 2017 — December 5, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Benefits of attending an AAC SIG — 5 comments
  2. AAC Bootcamp by Lauren Enders — 4 comments
  3. August Tip of the Month – Social Stories — 3 comments
  4. TalkLink – Jamie Blair the Emergent Communicator and Reader — 2 comments
  5. Tip of the Month – August 2016, Partner Assisted Scanning — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

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/

Review of Linda Burkhart workshop

  Several of us at the TalkLink Trust were lucky enough to attend a two-day workshop presented by Linda J. Burkhart in October this year. What a fantastic couple of days! Linda has such a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching children with complex communication needs. As a teacher, I found it particularly refreshing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/12/12/review-of-linda-burkhart-workshop/

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/

KiwiChat Sibling Camp – 2017

Roll Up Roll Up … The First-Ever KiwiChat Sibling Camp Where:            Sunnydene School (48 Smallfield Ave, Mount Roskill, Auckland 1042)   When:             Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April (Easter School Holidays) 2017   Time:               9am – 3pm   Who:               Children who use communication systems and their siblings   Day 1:   …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/12/05/kiwichat-sibling-camp-2017/

KiwiChat Day term 4 – Waikato

The term 4 Kiwichat day in Waikato was based around music and we had a great morning. This was based at Patricia Avenue School and we had a range of students of various ages communicating with coreboards, PODD books, and iPads with communication apps. We had a morning filled with different music based activities. We …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/11/23/kiwichat-day-term-4-waikato/

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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