ATANZ Newsletter Spring 2017

ATANZ 2017

Welcome to the ATANZ Newsletter for Spring 2017. If you are interested in events in the world of Assistive Technology, read on.

Message from the Chair:

Kia Ora ATANZ members.

We are in the middle of a busy couple of months of professional development events. Sarah Wallace have just given two presentations in Christchurch and Auckland, the first ATANZ training events for a while with an adult focus. Coming up next month we have Gayle Porter visiting our islands again with an introductory PODD course as well as presenting a workshop on PODD for Speech Generating devices, which is the first time this has run in New Zealand. The 2 day Introductory PODD workshops are both fully subscribed and we have a waiting list, the PODD for Speech Generating Devices courses in Auckland and Christchurch still have spaces available.

We would also like to point out that we have changed bank accounts recently, so please ensure take of note of the bank details on invoices and are paying for courses into the correct new bank account. Something else that is changing at the moment is that we at ATANZ have appointed a web developer to provide us with a new website. This work is happening in the background but hopefully before the end of the year we will have a new website. This will have improved facilities such as the ability to book and pay for courses and memberships through our new website.

This year’s Annual General Meeting is coinciding with the PODD courses in Auckland on 11 October, see further details about this below.

We are also announcing 4 additional grants for next year. This is to encourage and support New Zealand representation at ISAAC 2018 Conference on the Gold Coast of Australia, please read on for further details. We are aware of the lack of PD budgets for many organisations, therefore we are not planning on providing many PD courses in 2018. We are planning some low cost webinars instead, more details of these to come.

Regards

Magnus Hammarsal ATANZ Chairperson

ATANZ Board Member Profile Magnus Hammarsal

I am Swedish by origin but trained as a Speech Language Therapist at University College London and worked in the UK prior to coming to New Zealand in 2000. I have worked in a variety of settings, I had mixed posts working in both paediatrics and adult healthcare in the UK. I then had a stint working privately in New Zealand before moving onto Counties Manulka DHB and then TalkLink in 2003. Since then my focus has been on Assistive Technology assessment and provision working for the TalkLink team for nearly 15 years now.

I have been on the ATANZ board for four years now and have been in the Chairperson

position for the last two years. I feel that both Talklink and ATANZ provide vital and complementary services to the Assistive Technology community and try to juggle my ‘two hats’ to make sure that

both clients and professionals are as well supported as possible in their daily lives.

 

ATANZ Switching Kit

ATANZ has recently purchased equipment to provide a “switch assessment kit” for the CAT loan pool. This equipment can be requested for trial by CAT level 1 & 2 assessors to complete an initial assessment of a clients switching ability, identify potential equipment options, and assist in determining the next step for alternative access.

The kit includes the following equipment:

  •   HP Probook laptop

  •   Crick box

  •   Buddy button (small) Buddy button (large)

  •   Jellybean button

  •   Gooseneck mounting with universal plate

  •   Big Bang software

  •   Switch Skills 2 software

  •   Switch Skills for Two set 2 software

  •   Switch Skills Scanning software
    Instructions ( with pictures detailing how to setup the equipment) will be included when it is sent out for trial.

ISAAC 2018 Funding Grants

We have decided to provide 3 funding grants for professionals and 1 individual who uses AAC to attend the ISAAC 2018 conference. Please find the information and form here: http://atanz.org.nz/atanz-

research-and-professional-development- grants/

ATANZ Research and Professional Development Grant

To apply for the 2018 funding grants please see here:

http://atanz.org.nz/atanz-research-and-professional-development-grants/

 

AGM 2017

Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017
Time: 4.15pm
Location: The Terrace Boardroom, Potters Park events centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland

Election of board of trustee’s members: After 3 terms (6
years) of significant contribution to ATANZ, Sally Clendon is
required to step down, therefore nominations are now open.
You are not able to nominate yourself, so please ask an ATANZ member to nominate you via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Members will be voted on at the AGM. Remote access through Skype is being set up.

Talking Mats Course Review

Lois Cameron and Nicki Ewing visited New Zealand in May this year holding trainings in Christchurch and Auckland on how to implement the use of a Talking Mat (hosted by TalkLink Trust and ATANZ). In Auckland, we had a great range of professions in attendance; including speech language therapists, a paediatrician, and communication co- ordinators.

Talking Mats can be used “to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them”. They are “an interactive resource that uses three sets of picture communication symbols – topics, options and a visual scale – and a space on which to display them” (Talking Mats Ltd, 2017).

These are some key points we took away from the training:

  • Can be used with a wide range of clients; children and adults, caregivers, parents etc.

  • It is a great conversation starter, it can help people to open up and/or provide more information/insight

    into a topic

  • Client focused – the client takes ownership of the mat and has control over it

  • Client is the thinker, other person is the listener

  • Top scales can gather different information with different questions, using same symbols, for example:

    like/not like versus things you do/don’t do
    If you would like to find out more information or are interested in future training please head to the website:

    http://www.talkingmats.com/

    Samantha Ivil and Christina Bailey
    Speech Language Therapists - The TalkLink Trust

    Reminder that we have a FaceBook page where you can keep up to date on new changes at ATANZ and upcoming PD events. https://www.facebook.com/ATANZ-Assistive-Technology-Alliance- New-Zealand-176110802441118/

 

Equipment in the ATANZ CAT 1 loan pool

The following equipment is avaliable for trial: EchoVoice EV6 voice amplifier
12 BigPoints
5 iPad Minis with LifeProof case and strap

5 iPad with LifeProof case and strap
Predictable communication app
TouchChat with WordPower communication app LAMP Words for Life communication app
PODD with COMPASS communication app

Little Step by Step without levels Big Step by Step without levels GoTalk 20+
Buddy button

Switch adapted toys Powerlink
Dual switch latch & timer Jellybeamer twist

We have created an OT assessment Kit which contains the following and will be avaliable for trial as a bundle, it is called the “ATANZ OT Assessment Kit”:

HP Probook laptop Crick box
Buddy button (small) Buddy button (large) Jellybean button

Gooseneck mounting with universal plate Big Bang software
Switch Skills 2 software
Switch Skills for Two set 2 software Switch Skills Scanning software

To access the loan the ATANZ equipment please use TalkLink’s CAT support request form, which can be found here:

http://www.talklink.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/TalkLink-Request-Form-CAT-1.doc

CAT Level 1 Assessor Support

As we have been made aware of a few instances recently about confusion around CAT Level 1 assessment requirement we feel it may be time again to point to this document which spells out most if the steps of the process:

http://www.talklink.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/CATL1-process-Final-v2.pdf

Further details around CAT Level 1 support can be found in previous ATANZ newsletters:

ATANZ-Newsletter Autumn 2016 ATANZ-Newsletter Winter 2016

AAC SIGS

We would encourage you to be a part of AAC SIGs happening around the country. If there is not one near you then why not start you own?

AAC in Education and Health SIG – Auckland

This is a group for all SLTs who have an interest in AAC. It is a great opportunity to share resources, discuss best practice in using AAC and keep up to date with new AAC equipment. Sessions are held once a term in Auckland and topics covered include:

  •   Updates on new or updated communication equipment

  •   CAT accreditation pathways

  •   Case studies

  •   Supporting teams in using AAC

 Feedback on PD events

Contact: Meryl Bowen. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Coordinators: Meryl Bowen, Kristy McCallum, Samantha Ivil

AAC in Education – Christchurch

The focus of the group is to provide peer support and development for therapists working with students with complex communication needs in an educational setting. Members share resources, ideas, experiences, problems of practice, provide feedback from PD opportunities, discuss cases, and participate in discussions related to a wide range of topics in AAC.
We are a Christchurch based group that is keen to connect with other groups around the country and beyond. Meetings are typically scheduled for once per school term.
Contact person: Michelle King - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ministry of Education AAC SIG – Canterbury

This AAC SIG is for all MoE SLTs who are interested in AAC. It is held at the Christchurch MoE office on the last Monday of each term running from 9.30 to 11.30am. A representative from TalkLink is invited to attend the meetings to support collaboration between the two services. Topics covered include:

  •   Review of content in CAT Level 1 online learning modules

  •   Case examples using the SETT framework

  •   Establishing and/or clarifying processes to access, trial and set up AAC systems

  •   Sharing of AAC resources and information

  •   Feedback on PD

  •   Systemic training options for AAC users

  •   CAT accreditation pathway
    Coordinators: Nic Paton and Jane McKinnon
    Email address and phone number: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 027 518 9569 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 027 518 7948.

    AAC in Health and Education SIG – Northland

    Coordinator: Jessamy Bell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0210444681

Description: This is a group for all SLTs, teachers and related professionals (those working with children and adults across sectors) who have an interest in AAC. It is a great opportunity to share resources, discuss best practice in using AAC and keep up to date with new AAC equipment. Sessions are held once a term in Whangarei and topics covered include:

  •   Updates on new or updated communication equipment

  •   CAT accreditation pathways

  •   Case studies

  •   Supporting teams in using AAC

  •   Feedback on PD events

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Professional Development Opportunities

Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Two Day Introductory Course 2017
*this course is now full and there is a waitlist*

Presented by Gayle Porter

AUCKLAND Workshop

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October 8.30am registration (for 9am start) to 4pm Venue: The Terrace Boardroom, Potters Park events centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland

PRICE (includes GST & lunch): $400 for ATANZ members
*there is a limit of 10 spaces for family prices for each venue

Registration form

Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Speech Generating Device 2017

Presented by Gayle Porter

AUCKLAND One-Day Workshop

Friday 13 October 2017
8.30am registration (for 9am start) to 4pm Venue: The Terrace Boardroom, Potters Park events centre, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland

CHRISTCHURCH One-Day Workshop

Wednesday 18 October 2017 8.30am registration (for 9am start) to 4pm Venue: Ministry of Education

PRICE (includes GST & lunch): $200 for ATANZ members
*there is a limit of 10 spaces for family prices for each venue

Registration form

Note: Completion of a two-day PODD introductory workshop is a pre-requisite for this course.

CHRISTCHURCH Workshop

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 October 8.30am registration (for 9am start) to 4pm Venue: Ministry of Education

(48 Hereford Street, West End

Christchurch 8013)

$480 for non-members $270 for families*

(48 Hereford Street, West End

Christchurch 8013

$240 for non-members $135 for families*

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Professional Development Opportunities

ISAAC Australia is very excited to announce that the International Society on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Biennial Conference will be in Australia for the first time in 2018!

The ISAAC Conference examines communication options and outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs – which includes anyone who doesn’t have enough speech to meet their daily needs. This might include individuals with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, stroke, Alzheimers, Motor Neurone Disease, and other developmental and acquired conditions which affect speech and language.

As well as AAC, the conference will have streams on a number of related issues. Practical sessions and the latest research around a range of areas will be presented. This will include a number of sessions by people who use AAC, and sessions on topics such as education, literacy, advocacy and self-advocacy, AAC and apps, AAC design and vocabulary selection, the latest in synthesized speech research and development and cutting edge assistive technology.

In addition to the main conference there will be pre-conference workshops presented by notable international presenters, some great social events and an AAC camp for people who use AAC of all ages!

This is a very exciting event for those in the Asia Pacific and Australasian regions as this is the first time this highly regarded peer reviewed international conference will be coming to our part of the world. ISAAC Australia hopes to see you there and welcomes everyone interested in being part of the international and regional AAC Community.

Preliminary information about the conference is now available at

https://www.isaac-online.org/english/conference-2018/

ISAAC 2018 Conference Co-Convenors are:
Meredith Allan Jane Farrall Kate Anderson Gayle Porter Sally Clendon

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