Category Archive: People

A list of people who contribute articles for The TalkLink trust and the community, if you wish to post something or have someone else post on your behalf please register or get in touch through our contacts page.

Benefits of attending an AAC SIG

Once every term Polly Khushal, Meryl Bowen and Kristy McCullum organise a Special Interest Group (SIG) at the TalkLink Auckland office for people using AAC in Education and Health settings. Participants are mostly SLTs but on occasions there have been a few keen OTs, PTs and teachers who have attended some meetings. These meetings are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/01/16/benefits-of-attending-an-aac-sig/

November 2016: Voice Banking update

Voice Banking In the last 12 months, advances in voice banking have allowed more people to record their own voices to create an individualised synthetic voice for use in a communication device. What is the difference between voice banking and phrase banking? Some people like the idea of using their own voice when it becomes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/11/21/november-2016-voice-banking-update/

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/

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/

Mackenzie and Minspeak

Mackenzie Kench has used AAC tools and strategies most of her life. As part of a University assignment she had to create a 10 minute documentary. Mackenzie says: “I decided to do a documentary about Minspeak, because many people I meet are baffled by how I communicate.  

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2013/06/05/mackenzie-and-minspeak/

Gabi’s Blog

My Name is Gabi. I am Deaf can New Zealand Sign Language and use My communication device because people not know sign. I have Cerebral Palsy. My favorite go to out with My Aunty Jennifer Burns. The device I used is Dynavox communication because people not know sign. In my spare time use my computer …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2012/11/15/gabis-blog/

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