Category Archive: Tip of the month

Tip of the Month – June 2017: Using Google Chrome Voice Typing

Free, very accurate, easy to use speech to text tool for google docs Google voice typing (also called speech to text or speech recognition software, lets you type and edit by speaking in google docs (also works with google slides speaker notes).   Google voice typing only works with Chrome browsers.   NB…A few important …

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Tip of the Month – May 2017: Making your own visual resources using Boardmaker Online

Boardmaker Online is an affordable tool that you can use to make a wide range of visual supports quickly and easily. Using visual strategies is evidence based good practice in supporting individuals with communication and/or learning difficulties. Visual tools can be used to help individuals in such a wide range of ways, from supporting communication, …

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Tip of the Month April 2017: Symbols in AAC Systems

Symbols There are a number of different published symbol set options available for use on both high tech communication devices and for creating low-tech resources These include PCS/Boardmaker symbols (Mayer Johnson), Minspeak icons (Semantic Compaction System), Symbolstix (N2Y Inc.) and others (please see this link for a more detailed summary of symbols options). The use …

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Tip of the Month March 2017

Tar Heel Gameplay Another fantastic resource from the Tar Heel team What is it? Tar Heel Gameplay is a free to use website, allowing anyone to make, share and find switch accessible activities out of existing videos or videos from Youtube. If you need some free, fun resources to let your students practice their switching, …

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Tip of the Month February 2017: Prompting

  Prompts are cues designed to support a person using a communication system take up a communication opportunity.  It is easy to fall into the trap of wanting a person to use their communication system so much that you jump in too quickly and over prompt them using physical, verbal and visual prompts. Over prompting …

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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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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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