Category Archive: Low Tech

Tip of the Month – November 2017: Multimodal Communication Therapy

Multimodal Communication Therapy Multimodal communication is all the different ‘modes’ that we communicate with, e.g. speaking face- to-face or over the phone, texting, writing, drawing, gesturing, acting it out, sign language, etc. Everyone, regardless of whether you have a communication difficulty or not, uses multiple modes to communicate each day. People with aphasia can learn …

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Tip of the Month – October 2017: Emergent Literacy

Emergent Literacy   Predictable Chart Writing – writing WITH students.   Engaging some students in reading and writing can be difficult.  Linking to students’ personal experiences and  personalising books to individual students, or groups of students, can assist with motivation to read.  By incorporating pictures and text that relate directly to students, their interests and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/10/05/predictable_chart_writing/

Tip of the Month – September 2017: Teaching ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ to Confirm or Reject

Teaching ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ to Confirm or Reject   Why teach ‘YES’ and ‘NO’? Yes’ and ‘no’ are an important part of communication. We use these to accept/reject things, confirm information, make choices, and more. Some people with complex communication needs are not physically able to point directly to objects or symbols to communicate what …

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How to make a wearable core board

Having a strap on your core board means that you can take it anywhere and everywhere and you can swing it around to your back when you need both hands to carry something or help someone to move to another location in the environment. How to make a wearable core board Print out the core …

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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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KiwiChat Day term 4 – Waikato

The term 4 Kiwichat day in Waikato was based around music and we had a great morning. This was based at Patricia Avenue School and we had a range of students of various ages communicating with coreboards, PODD books, and iPads with communication apps. We had a morning filled with different music based activities. We …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/11/23/kiwichat-day-term-4-waikato/

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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KiwiChat Day Christchurch, Term 3 2016

KiwiChat Olympians: A Golden Day Once a term in Christchurch, TalkLink run a KiwiChat group for primary school students, secondary school students and young adults. These are a great opportunity for people to come together and share stories and experiences using their communication devices and tools. This term we struck gold and had a special …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/08/26/kiwichat-day-south-island-term-3-2016/

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