Thursday, October 17, 2019

GDTBTDR!

Hey Tek-Ninjas! So, today I spent the day in training with roughly 140 Solutions Consultants and other key folks from Tobii Dynavox from all of the United States. We spent the day learning about what is coming on 10-21-19.

There may have been a dance-off... and if there was, I won. There was definitely not a single employee who was not completely wowed! Not by my dancing... but by Monday.

I’m sorry to be coy... but if you are at all interested in AAC, TUNE IN ON Monday. You will NOT be disappointed.

GDTBTDR!  (GoodDayToBeATobiiDynavoxRep)


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

"Unlock your possibilities" 10-21-19

Hey Tek- ninjas!

Have you been to the Tobii Dynavox website recently?  The homepage suggests there are some big things brewing in the AAC world.

Oh my goodness!

GDTBTDR!

Friday, October 11, 2019

AAC Resources

Hey Tek-ninjas! I know in past blogs I have talked about the various and many resources available for AAC screenings and interventions, but recently I offered a webinar to a group of school-based professionals that I thought I would share here as well.

These tools could be useful for anyone working with individuals utilizing AAC systems. Regardless of what software or product you’re working with, if you are addressing core language you will find useful tools here.  Ultimately, in order to access these resources you will need to have a free account at myTobiiDynavox.com, and a free professional account. In this blog article here I share with you how to make that professional account.

I hope you enjoy the webinar, and feel free to email or comment with questions.

Happy therapy!



Thursday, October 3, 2019

Discounts and continued growth...




Hey Tek-Ninja’s! So here’s some exciting news... In honor of AAC Awareness Month, Tobii-Dynavox is going to be offering 15% off Snap + Core First and Communicator 5.  Considering that Snap + Core First is already $200 to $250 less expensive than any of the other comparable AAC offerings in the App Store, this is pretty cool.

This will be an ONLINE ONLY sale and will run from October 7 through October 31st.

Customers can purchase through the iTunes store, the Windows
store, myTobiiDynavox.com, or TD.com (for Communicator).

Tobii Dynavox has always been committed to growing and improving their software offerings. This is evident in the steady addition of languages and data tracking tools for Snap + Core First over the last year and a half. Similarly, they've recently added a lot of new features to Communicator 5 like:

  • New Windows Access page sets: Windows Mouse Horizontal and Windows Mouse Vertical
  • Phrase prediction update that includes all phrases that contain the text in the message window, not only phrases that start with it
  • Windows Access now available for eye tracking users with Switch activation method

Look for a deeper examination of these new features in coming blogs.

Happy Therapy!



Thursday, September 5, 2019

AAC...the more you know...

Hey Tek-ninjas! Let's talk about learning opportunities to support your AAC users.

One of the biggest barriers often talked about from individuals implementing AAC is that they are unsure where to start. Tobii Dynavox's Pathways for Core First is a free companion app that is ideal for any communication partner seeking expert guidance and best practices to get started using symbol-based AAC. The company made this software to support folks using Snap + Core First, but the reality is, there are some really tremendous tools here that can support ALL AAC users who are using a Core approach. Pathways provides videos, lesson plans, interactive goals and a suite of printable materials to help you each step of the way. Download the free app or use Pathways Online (available in English, German, Spanish, or Dutch) to help you get started or take you to the next level.

Back in July I blogged about the new Learning Hub from Tobii Dynavox. Well. They've got some updates for September! These are free Tobii Dynavox on-demand trainings that enable learners to also earn ASHA CEUs.

The new courses include:
Make it for Math in Boardmaker Online - Starts 9/13/19
Sharing Activities in Boardmaker Online - Starts 9/13/19
Boardmaker Picture Symbols: When & How to Use Them - Starts 9/15/19
Journey into Eye Gaze for Communication - Starts 9/30/19

Register for Courses

In addition, you can attend Live Webinars in September.

9/10/19 - 10:30 AM ET: Back to School with Snap Core First - Topics/Customization

9/10/19 - 5:30 PM ET: Boardmaker Ask Us Anything

9/11/19 - 12 PM ET: AAC Ask Us Anything

9/18/19 - 12 PM ET: Back to School with Snap Core First - Positive Behavior Supports

9/18/19 - 12 PM ET: AAC Ask Us Anything

9/18/19 - 4:00 PM ET: Introduction to Reading Avenue

9/24/19 - 5:30 PM ET: Boardmaker Ask Us Anything

9/25/19 - 12 PM ET: AAC Ask Us Anything

So... let's get to learning friends!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Modeling...

Hey Tek-ninjas! Summer is winding down, even though it was 100 degrees yesterday. As we get ready for school all over the US, I thought I’d share this quote from SLP Jane Korston. Many of you have likely seen it, but I feel it’s a good reminder of the importance of modeling, modeling, and more modeling.

“The average 18-month-old child has been exposed to 4,380 hours of oral language at the rate of 8 hours/day from birth. A child who has a communication system and receives speech/language therapy two times per week for 20-30 minute sessions will reach this same amount of language exposure in 84 years.”


We’ve got a lot of work to do!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

More learning opportunities with Tobii Dynavox

Hey Tek-ninjas! Here are a number of terrific learning opportunities, which also include ASHA CEU's. I blogged about the Tobii Dynavox Learning Hub awhile back. Well, here are a variety of free Tobii Dynavox on-demand trainings that enable learners to also earn ASHA CEUs.

The current courses include:


Tobii Dynavox will be adding new courses regularly so keep checking back.