Friday, November 4, 2022

"His vocabulary has grown tremendously...."

Hey Tek-ninjas! A while back, I posted how Kiyah uses her AAC device to effectively navigate her life. More recently, Tobii Dynavox posted a short clip of a boy named Brock and how he uses the TD i110. I've shared it below.

I'm sharing Brock's video, because I believe many folks don't understand the power of AAC, and it is simply a joyous clip!  Similar to the video of Kiyah, this video of Brock provides a terrific look into AAC. On the linked page, Brock's mother is quoted saying: "His vocabulary has grown tremendously, and we love seeing our lil’ man finally being able to speak his mind". Those are powerful words!

Check out the link to read more about Brock's success, what life with Assistive Technology can look like, and the benefits of having a solid team helping our AAC users. 

Happy therapy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Opportunity for End of Year LEARNING (and CEUs): Deep dive into implementing AAC.


Hey Tek-ninjas, the Tobii Dynavox Learning Team is excited to announce a virtual conference that you and your colleagues won't want to miss! They have great new content that takes a deeper dive into implementing AAC.

When: December 6th and 7th, the Learning Team is hosting a two-day learning event where learners can earn up to 10 PDH or 1.0 ASHA CEUs. Also, they are all free of charge.

Tobii Dynavox is not saying this.... Just me.... I've taken all of the ASHA approved courses and received full credit from AOTA. Just say'n. 

 
Where: use this link to view the conference landing page, and explore the courses offered.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 30, 2022

Hurricane Books: Let's get ready!

Hey Tek-ninjas! In light of Hurricane Ian bearing down on many of us on the East coast, I wanted to take a moment and remind you have the collection of printable books Tobii Dynavox makes available that help explain and prepare all communicators for natural disasters, including blizzards, earthquakes, wildfires, and more timely - hurricanes. These books are free and available to anyone. 

Go ahead and log into the Learning Hub - you can use your single sign-in account from Tobii Dynavox's mytobiidynavox, eFunding platform, or Boardmaker online to log in. If you don't have any of these accounts, they are free to make. 

Once logged in, go ahead and search for "natural disasters". This 'course' will provide the downloadable PDFs to support discussion of natural disasters. 

I think both the "We are Ready", and "Hurricanes" books would be useful for families and schools this week. 

To reiterate, I believe these books can be useful for any of your folks who might struggle to understand natural disasters that are coming their way, regardless of the language system they use. 

I hope you all stay safe! 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

More continuing Ed from Tobii-Dynavox!

 

Hey Tek-ninjas! Check out continuing Ed from Tobii Dynavox.

Once again they’ve got great live virtual trainings planned for you this month covering an array of topics and products. If you register and can’t attend, you’ll receive a recording to watch on your own time.

Week of September 5

Support All Learners with Boardmaker
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Boardmaker Flash 15: Adding Actions to Buttons
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Device Funding for the SLP: Resources to Get Started
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Supporting Communication Beyond Requesting
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Week of September 12

Create Activities with Boardmaker

The Magic of Modeling

Boardmaker Flash 15: Creating from an Interactive Template

NEW! Communication Supports & Support Comprehension for People with Aphasia

For more live virtual and on-demand trainings visit: https://go.tobiidynavox.com/e/911492/pages-training/nsx2r/1028581387?h=STK80SgeyEbNQSljtMzWmPy5qOKEUeQE_gQihulgTgs

On-demand training
Happy learning!

Friday, August 19, 2022

How the rubber hits the road for teaching and integrating AAC

Hey Tek-ninjas! It's been a minute. So much happening professionally and personally. The two most significant milestones.... my 21 year old son just moved to Portland, Oregon, and my 25 year old son is moving to Berlin in mid-September. Sigh. Such good stuff, but I am going to miss them tremendously. And we will officially be empty-nesters again. Fortunately, my wife and I still really like one another! 

But. that's not what I intended to share today. Long time readers may remember that I blogged about the integration of the Boardmaker Activity Player into TD Snap a few years back. Today, I want to share a new video that was made by the Tobii Dynavox Learning team. The video titled "Communicate and Learn with the Boardmaker Player in TD Snap really does an amazing job at showcasing how well Boardmaker integrates into TD Snap for communication, AND supports occupational performance in all environments. 

Speech Therapists, caregivers, and other professionals are eager to know concrete skills like "how to edit a button" or "link to a page" - but - what is sometimes harder to teach is how to integrate and teach AAC. This video does an amazing job at show-casing both of these tasks leveraging the integrated Boardmaker Player. 

I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to share it with your fellow AAC oriented colleagues! 

Happy Therapy!

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Keep Learning!

Hey Tek-ninjas! Just a quick reminder of all the live webinars available at the Tobii Dynavox Learning Hub. These are zero cost, generally about an hour, and full of terrific content. See a sample of courses, dates, and times below. 

One of my graduate professors, way back in the day, was fond of saying; 'twenties-years of experience don't matter if it's the same year over and over'. Her message was advice to be sure to keep learning!

Maybe bookmark the site so you can come back and visit them when you need content. Some of our clinics treat these like book-clubs either watching together to discuss, or independently. Might be a nice continuing professional development for your group?

Happy Learning!


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Living an All Access Life with Brad and Dan!

 Hey Tek-ninjas! Have you heard of "All Access Life"? If not, get familiar with their work. You will be inspired, and educated. That's a beautiful feeling! 

Brad and Dan run the company. They've had a long friendship which you can read about here, and the quality of their friendship comes through in all of their videos with their joking and mutual respect for one another. Their intention in making "All Access Life" was to create a website that showcases the latest trends and movements in adaptive products and assistive technologies. 

Brad was born with nonverbal spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and he showcases products that have made a difference in his life. Additionally, they also showcase products which are appropriate for folk with various disabilities. 

The videos are not just informative, they are super fun to watch. According to their website, their "mission is to empower people with disabilities to live their best life through adaptive products". That's our jam here at Tek-ninja! 

On the website, they review products which have transformed Brad's life. You can see video reviews about those  adaptive products on their featured products page

Perhaps my favorite video is the unboxing of the newest Tobii Dynavox innovation, which I've blogged about before, the TD Pilot. 


So, go check out "All Access Life", you may find a technological solution that helps make someone's life better!

Happy therapy!