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Tip of the Month – June 2018: Voice Control of Mobile Phones

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

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Tip of the Month – May 2018: Stimming and AAC

Tip of the Month – May 2018: Stimming and AAC   When introducing AAC to beginning communicators, it is not unusual for teams to be concerned about “stimming” or repetitive behaviours. Many clients are noted to say the same thing over and over again which can be concerning to those supporting them. However, is it …

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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 – 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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2018/01/16/more-powerlink-ideas/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/12/12/the-2017-talklink-year/

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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