Talking Mats Courses 2018

  Could Talking Mats help you? Talking Mats® has the potential for use with a wide range of people. It is a visual framework, which helps people think about issues and provides them with a way of expressing their views more easily. Participants have included Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Doctors, Nurses, Advocacy Workers, Service Planners, Social …

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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 – May 2018: Stimming and AAC

Tip of the Month – May 2018: Stimming and AAC   When introducing AAC to beginning communicators, it is not unusual for teams to be concerned about “stimming” or repetitive behaviours. Many clients are noted to say the same thing over and over again which can be concerning to those supporting them. However, is it …

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Tip of the Month – April 2018: Increasing communication opportunities for adults with complex communication skills

Increasing communication opportunities for adults with complex communication skills   A great way to encourage adults with complex communication needs to increase their communication skills is to give them a sense of control. This can be achieved by continually providing opportunities for the individual to have a say in some element of what they are …

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Tip of the Month – March 2018 – 2: Windows accessibility inbuilt features

Windows Accessibility Inbuilt Features The ease of access centre provides a centralised location where you can adjust settings manually to make your computer easier to use. Ease of access options can help make it easier to: Use your computer without a display. Narrator lets you hear audio descriptions for whatever is on the screen e.g. …

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Tip of the Month – March 2018 – 1: Visual scene displays

Visual scene displays: creative ways to promote communication What is a visual scene display (VSD)?   A VSD is a photo or picture used to communicate a message. The photo or picture depicts a familiar image or scene, and the user can touch buttons around the image or specific parts of the scene to communicate …

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Tip of the Month – February 2018 – 1: Writing IEP goals for developing AAC

Writing IEP goals for developing AAC The IEP process in New Zealand The Individual Education plan (IEP) “brings together a team of people closely involved with the student to collaboratively plan a program to meet the student’s needs.” The Ministry of Education provides the following information about IEPS and IPs for New Zealand students https://parents.education.govt.nz/learning-support/learning-support-needs/individual-plans-ips-and-individual-education-plans-ieps/ …

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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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