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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Tip of the Month – March 2018 – 2: Windows accessibility inbuilt features

Windows Accessibility Inbuilt Features The ease of access centre provides a centralised location where you can adjust settings manually to make your computer easier to use. Ease of access options can help make it easier to: Use your computer without a display. Narrator lets you hear audio descriptions for whatever is on the screen e.g. …

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Tip of the Month – March 2018 – 1: Visual scene displays

Visual scene displays: creative ways to promote communication What is a visual scene display (VSD)?   A VSD is a photo or picture used to communicate a message. The photo or picture depicts a familiar image or scene, and the user can touch buttons around the image or specific parts of the scene to communicate …

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Tip of the Month – February 2018 – 1: Writing IEP goals for developing AAC

Writing IEP goals for developing AAC The IEP process in New Zealand The Individual Education plan (IEP) “brings together a team of people closely involved with the student to collaboratively plan a program to meet the student’s needs.” The Ministry of Education provides the following information about IEPS and IPs for New Zealand students https://parents.education.govt.nz/learning-support/learning-support-needs/individual-plans-ips-and-individual-education-plans-ieps/ …

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Tip of the Month – January 2018: More PowerLink Ideas!

More PowerLink Ideas It’s always hard thinking of new ideas of what you can use your PowerLink for – so here are some new activities. Using a hairdryer A hairdryer has a surprising amount of creative uses, and the great thing is that most people have them in their homes. Use a hairdryer to dry …

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The 2017 TalkLink Year

This year has been a very busy one, with a number of highlights, which we have tried to capture in our Annual Report. . The Annual Report is now available, and can be downloaded here. We hope that it highlights the work we do, and some of the challenges we face moving forward. Next year …

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Tip of the Month – December 2017: Summer

Summer Slip, slop, slap, and wrap.  Summer is officially here! This month, we are sharing some ways to use core language; whether you are out and about enjoying the summer, school holidays, or simply some time together.   Core language here, there, and everywhere! Make sure your child or client has access to core language …

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Tip of the Month – November 2017: Multimodal Communication Therapy

Multimodal Communication Therapy Multimodal communication is all the different ‘modes’ that we communicate with, e.g. speaking face- to-face or over the phone, texting, writing, drawing, gesturing, acting it out, sign language, etc. Everyone, regardless of whether you have a communication difficulty or not, uses multiple modes to communicate each day. People with aphasia can learn …

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Tip of the Month – October 2017: Emergent Literacy

Emergent Literacy   Predictable Chart Writing – writing WITH students.   Engaging some students in reading and writing can be difficult.  Linking to students’ personal experiences and  personalising books to individual students, or groups of students, can assist with motivation to read.  By incorporating pictures and text that relate directly to students, their interests and …

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