Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Deliver Voices in Arkansas!

Hey Tek-ninjas! Would you like to help deliver voices with Tobii Dynavox? Or maybe you know someone who would like to do so? We have an opening!

The territory includes the entire state of Arkansas. The Solutions Consultant must live in the sales territory, preferably in Little Rock, AR

Perhaps this is the opportunity you have been waiting for! Take a look here!

Friday, September 22, 2023

Snap to Item and Auto Hide on iOS17!

 Hey Tek-ninjas! A lot of us across the AAC industry are pretty excited by Apple's iOS17 update this month. 

Tobii Dynavox's TD Pilot is based on 15+ years of research and testing across all types of ethnicities, disabilities, eyewear and lighting conditions, both indoors and outdoors.  It is already a pretty amazing piece of DME. As the first company to earn the MFi from Apple, and the only company to work directly with Apple, Tobii Dynavox created Region Based Interface, offering a definite edge in precision and accuracy in their AAC software. Out side the specialty software the eye-gaze leveraged Apple's Assistive Touch. Now with the Snap function, the Assistive Touch function outside the AAC software is faster and more accurate. 

This video above demonstrates how to toggle the functions on, after you've updated your system to iOS17. With the improvements even smaller targets located in any app becomes significantly easier to access. Any app that can function in landscape mode is more accessible than ever before with the TD Pilot.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Join Tobii Dynavox online trainings!

Hey Tek-ninjas! With AAC Awareness month coming up in October, clear your calendar and add some learning!  Here’s what Tobii Dynavox has got coming up.  Click each link below for additional information and to register. And don't forget, if you register and can't attend, you'll receive a recording to watch on your own time.

Week of October 2

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

DAGG-3: assess, reassess, goal writing, strategies, lessons all in one!

 Hi Tek-ninjas, are you familiar with the DAGG-2? If you’ve not heard yet, I have good news for you. There is a new version - the DAGG-3 and it is better than ever!  

The DAGG-3 (Dynamic AAC Goals Grid, edition 3) is a highly effective assessment tool used by SLPs and other professionals to assess, plan, implement and track goals for augmentative and alternative communicators of all levels.

The DAGG-3 was developed by Tobii Dynavox in conjunction with Vicki Clarke, MS, CCC-SLP (2023) based on the original DAGG created by Clarke and Schneider, 2009. Informed by the works of Patricia Dowden, PhD (1999), and Janice Light, PhD (1989, 2014).

It’s available to all at no cost. And you can get your copy here. Historically, as an occupational therapist working in the school systems I found the DAGG tools to be uniquely, helpful in breaking down complex speech concepts for all stakeholders, and getting a whole team on board understanding both deficits and affordances faced by the student.

Happy therapy!

Thursday, August 17, 2023

PCS playground sign GIVEAWAY!

 Hey Tek-ninjas! Are you back to school yet? Soon if not. Well, in anticipation of busy playgrounds, Tobii Dynavox has two give-aways that might interest you. Check it out!

They are giving away 2 signs - 1 for you, and 1 for a co-worker. Enter for a chance to win for your classroom or playground PCS playground signs—which help students express themselves through symbols on the playground. 

If you don't win, you can still get some for sale on the Tobii Dynavox website.

 Enter in 3 simple steps:
Follow their page
Like this post
Tag a fellow educator below the post here!

Terms: Contest ends 8/18/23 at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be notified 8/21/22 via Facebook.

Welcome back to school!

Monday, June 26, 2023

Solutions Consultant - (western) Virginia

 Hey Tek-ninjas! Are you interested in "delivering voices"? Our Solutions Consultant, Caroline Gaddy, who has been taking care of this area of Virginia is moving to our Learning Team to better share her clinical experience at a National level. We are looking for that "just-right" fit to help us make a difference.

Read more here.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Mentoring with Tamika

 Hey Tek-ninjas! This one goes out to my Occupational Therapy colleagues. Particularly, but not exclusively, to my newer grad friends. 

I remember my first job out of graduate school. Our program spent a lot of time focused on the theoretical underpinnings of Occupational Therapy, which I think served me very well in the long run. But - as a new graduate, I relied heavily on my peers to provide mentoring. Unfortunately, they also had caseloads and weren't always available. 

This brings me to TherapyMomMe. My former school based colleague, Tamika Harris, OTR/L is now offering online mentoring services for Occupational Therapists. 

Long time readers may remember that Tamika has been a guest blogger on Tek-Ninja in the past. With roughly 20 years experience predominantly in public schools, Tamika has also worked in early intervention, home health, outpatient clinics, preschool, and a residential center for people with multiple disabilities. She has extensive experience working with a variety of special needs children with diagnosis such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delays, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, just to name a few.

You may be wondering, how does this work? It's very simple, on her website you:

1) Sign up for mentorship.

2) Create objectives, outcomes, and a plan with your mentor during the first meeting.

3) Learn, Grow, and succeed. Discuss cases, get tools and resources, and reach your goals.

4) 2 hours = 1 PDU (maximum of 18 units per renewal cycle) Complete a minimum of 2 hours for credit.

Mentorship with Tamika is $60 per hour. If you are looking for some guidance from a seasoned and committed Occupational Therapist, Tamika may be just the answer you are seeking!

Happy therapy!