Category Archive: Families

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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KiwiChat Sibling Camp 2017 – Part 1 of 2

We were very excited to host our first ever Circus themed KiwiChat Sibling Camp in the April school holidays.  Sibling Camp was a two day experience designed to provide siblings of children who use AAC with the opportunity to: Connect with other siblings of children who use communication systems. Learn more about using communication systems. …

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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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August 2015 Tip of the Month – Social Stories

Social Stories. For some people, it is difficult to understand rules for social interactions, to deal with change or to understand activities with many steps. Social Stories can support people with these difficulties.

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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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Tip of the Month December 2014 – Communicating at Christmas

Tip of the Month – December 2014 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

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Tip of the Month November 2014-Early single switch switching

Tip of the Month – November 2014 – Switching Cause & effect is an important first step in the development of switching skills for people with complex physical disabilities that prevent them from being able to directly touch a computer or communication device. However one of the challenges with working at the level of cause & effect for someone who

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Tip Of The Month 2014 – Gesture Dictionary

Gesture Dictionary

The first questions that I ask of teams on initial visits following a new referral include “How does X communicate with you?”, and “How do you usually know that X is enjoying something or doesn’t want to do something?”.

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