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 – January 2018: More PowerLink Ideas!

More PowerLink Ideas It’s always hard thinking of new ideas of what you can use your PowerLink for – so here are some new activities. Using a hairdryer A hairdryer has a surprising amount of creative uses, and the great thing is that most people have them in their homes. Use a hairdryer to dry …

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The 2017 TalkLink Year

This year has been a very busy one, with a number of highlights, which we have tried to capture in our Annual Report. . The Annual Report is now available, and can be downloaded here. We hope that it highlights the work we do, and some of the challenges we face moving forward. Next year …

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Tip of the Month – December 2017: Summer

Summer Slip, slop, slap, and wrap.  Summer is officially here! This month, we are sharing some ways to use core language; whether you are out and about enjoying the summer, school holidays, or simply some time together.   Core language here, there, and everywhere! Make sure your child or client has access to core language …

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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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October is AAC Awareness Month

      October is AAC awareness month. As AAC activists and supporters of the NZ Speech-Language Therapists’ Associations Giving Voice Aotearoa campaign, which aims to make New Zealand communication accessible, TalkLink will be doubling our efforts to raise awareness this month. We are going to start by busting some of the AAC myths. We …

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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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Tip of the Month – August 2017: Vision Accessibility Features for iOS Devices

Vision Accessibility Features for iOS Devices iOS has built in features to help blind or low vision users get the most from their device.  To access these features you need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility Below are some features that will assist your everyday use: Font Adjustments In iOS 7 and later …

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