Category Archive: Client Stories

KiwiChat Sibling Camp 2017 – Part 2 of 2

KiwiChat Camp is run biannually at Totara Springs Christian Camp. During the previous Camp in 2016, it became apparent that siblings needed more support and training in order to have fun with communication and also to learn how to be a good communication partner to their brother or sister who uses AAC.  Therefore, KiwiChat Sibling …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/05/31/kiwichatsiblingcamp2017-2/

Raising the AAC Profile Part 2

Last week we talked about the positive impact having a teacher share her successes in using AAC tools and strategies can have on other teachers. So consider the impact that a person who uses AAC can have on people’s lives when they share their insights. We know how positive this can be whenever our TalkLink …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/02/28/raising-the-aac-profile-part-2/

Raising the Profile of AAC

Last year I talked about becoming an AAC Activist, as well as joining the Giving Voice Aotearoa campaign, all in the name of building awareness and breaking down communication barriers.

So when in December last year we came across this post in PrAACtical AAC, which peeked into the AAC practices of Angi Pearce, a teacher at Kowhai School in Hastings we were buzzing!!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/02/23/raising-the-profile-of-aac/

TalkLink and The Cerebral Palsy Society

The Cerebral Palsy Society and the TalkLink Trust have had an affiliation for many years. Many of the people we work alongside belong to the Cerebral Palsy Society and the Cerebral Palsy Society has helped support some of their members attend KiwiChat Camp in recent years. Their magazine is also a wealth of interesting articles, so …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/07/02/talklink-and-the-cerebral-palsy-society/

TalkLink – Jamie Blair the Emergent Communicator and Reader

Meet Jamie, a happy, busy, active 11 year old boy like any other.  At age 3 he was diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual disability.  Jamie has the mental age of a 3-4 year old, he presently can’t read or write.  Jamie has limited expressive communication and up until the age 9 he had little receptive …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/06/12/talklink-jamie-blair-the-emergent-communicator-and-reader/

Mackenzie’s Voice

Mackenzie Kench and Attitude Live have worked together to create this fantastic documentary about Mackenzie’s communication. Mackenzie is a long standing TalkLink client and a great advocate for those who use AAC. See the link below to watch the full documentary.    Mackenzie’s Voice      

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/06/08/mackenzies-voice/

Pacific Peoples Health

Malama using eye gaze

In the summer edition of Pacific Peoples Health (page 11 &12) we were thrilled to see an article about one of our TalkLink clients who is using eye gaze technology. Rebekah summarises our involvement with Malama and her family: Malama was referred to TalkLink by her community speech-language therapy for support with communication following her …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/03/06/pacific-peoples-health/

Lusi’s Story

I have had the pleasure of knowing Lusi for many years now. She was one of our founding TalkLink clients and when she showed us her latest Touch Compass production we knew it was important for us to share her inspiring story. You can view Lusi’s video here

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/02/10/lusis-story/

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