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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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KiwiChat Sibling Camp – A Parent’s Perspective

By Tracey Winstone We recently attended the Talklink sibling camp and was really impressed with it and would definitely go to another one. Initially I was a bit worried how my children would feel going to something like this during the school holidays but everyone at Talklink made it really fun with games and entertainment …

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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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Raising the AAC Profile Part 2

Last week we talked about the positive impact having a teacher share her successes in using AAC tools and strategies can have on other teachers. So consider the impact that a person who uses AAC can have on people’s lives when they share their insights. We know how positive this can be whenever our TalkLink …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2017/02/28/raising-the-aac-profile-part-2/

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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TalkLink Trust: Celebrating Twenty Five Years

Life is often about choices. We make them every day, sometimes they are good choices or even life changing choices, and sometimes in hindsight we wished we never made that particular choice. We learn from making choices. I made one of my best choices ever, back in 1992, when I was asked if I would …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2016/12/01/talklink-trust-celebrating-twenty-five-years/

Tip of the Month September 2016: Voice Control of Mobile Phones

Voice Control of Mobile Phones People can often struggle with direct access to their mobile phones for a number of reasons, including Decreased upper limb function Visual problems Decreased hand function/dexterity Tremors Decreased cognition It is a lot more common for people to already own ‘Smart Phones’ these days, which, with a little bit of …

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