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. Talking Mats Courses 2018 — April 20, 2018
  2. Benefits of attending an AAC SIG — January 16, 2017
  3. Tip of the Month January 2017: Co-Scripting ideas for children — January 10, 2017
  4. Tip of the Month – December 2016 – Christmas — December 5, 2016
  5. November 2016: Voice Banking update — November 21, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Benefits of attending an AAC SIG — 5 comments
  2. AAC Bootcamp by Lauren Enders — 4 comments
  3. August 2015 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

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/

Tip of the Month October 2016: Attention and Listening

Tip of the Month October 2016 Attention and Listening By Fern Jones (SLT) Attention and listening skills are some of the foundation skills to developing good language skills. The ability to watch, listen and retain information from the people you are sharing an activity with, is an essential skill to building sound language and communication …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/10/03/tip-of-the-month-october-2016-attention-and-listening/

Tip of the Month September 2016: Voice Control of Mobile Phones

Voice Control of Mobile Phones People can often struggle with direct access to their mobile phones for a number of reasons, including Decreased upper limb function Visual problems Decreased hand function/dexterity Tremors Decreased cognition It is a lot more common for people to already own ‘Smart Phones’ these days, which, with a little bit of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/09/01/tip-of-the-month-september-2016-voice-control-of-mobile-phones/

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