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Tip of the Month – December 2016 – Christmas

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 if writing …

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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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Christchurch Earthquake

Following the events of the last few weeks, its a timely reminder that we have visuals on hand to support those who may have difficulty understanding what has happened and is going on. TalkLink Trust and People First www.peoplefirst.org.nz have been thinking about ways we can assist people affected by the Earthquake. For some people …

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Tip of the Month November 2016: Switch Skills Progression

This Tip of the Month follows on from a previous post about Early Single Switch skills. When the person you are working with is able to activate a single switch in multiple locations (within their scope of physical movements), you can begin to teach the use of two switches for two different functions. The purpose …

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Tip of the Month October 2016: Attention and Listening

Tip of the Month October 2016 Attention and Listening By Fern Jones (SLT) Attention and listening skills are some of the foundation skills to developing good language skills. The ability to watch, listen and retain information from the people you are sharing an activity with, is an essential skill to building sound language and communication …

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Tip of the Month – August 2016, Partner Assisted Scanning

Partner Assisted Scanning  What is Partner Assisted Scanning Partner Assisted Scanning (PAS)? PAS is an access method used by some AAC users who cannot directly select words or phrases themselves using their hands or fingers to point. Options are presented to the individual either using auditory or visual (or both) scanning. Visual scanning is when …

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Tip of the Month – July 2016, supports for Dementia

Communication Supports for Individuals with Dementia WHY use visual communication supports? Individuals with dementia benefit from visual support systems in order to help them understand language and events around them, remember information and express themselves. Visual supports such as memory books have a huge wealth of evidence and research behind them. WHAT are visual communication

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Tip of the Month – May 2016

Physical Accessibility Features for iOS 9 Devices iOS has built in features to help users with physical or motor challenges users get the most from their device. For users who are able to access the screen, however tire easily from typing features such as Predictive Text or Dictation may be helpful. Basic features Predictive text …

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