Category Archive: Life Long Disabilities

September Tip of the Month – Voice Banking

Written by Jackie Hancock, SLT, South Island Voice banking is the recording of one’s natural voice for the possible eventuality of losing one’s voice. Software then utilises these recordings in a speech generating device or on a computer so that the person may communicate using a copy of their voice.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/09/07/voice-banking-how-to-get-started/

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/

Tip of the Month January 2015 – Remnant Books

Remnant Books – How to Share a Message in a Tactile and Visual Way By Jane Wendelken-TalkLink Teacher/Trainer For some people, sharing some news or information with someone else is tricky. It may be that the person does not have the language available to them, or that they are not able to access this language. Perhaps this person needs to

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/01/07/tip-of-the-month-january-2015-remnant-books/

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

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2014/12/04/tip-of-the-month-december-2014-communicating-at-christmas/

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

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2014/11/06/tip-of-the-month-november-2014-early-single-switch-switching/

Hey there Campaign – AttitudeLive

AttitudeLive want to invite the young people involved with Talklink living with a disability to take part in the Hey There campaign, which aims to empower and unite young disabled New Zealanders between the age of 16 and 25. Hey There is a social change campaign run by the team at AttitudeLive and funded by the Ministry for Social

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2014/10/16/3423/

Texting, Emailing and Social Media on your Device

But wait… there’s more! Did you know, that as well as being a communication device, there are some added extras that your device may be able to do? Some communication devices and iPad apps allow you to have access to social media, internet browsing and emails? There are also dedicated communication devices that can also send and receive text messages

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2014/09/12/texting-emailing-and-social-media-on-your-device/

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