Monday, August 23, 2021

Learning Events: August 23-27

Hey Tek-ninjas! I want to alert you to another week of terrific Live in-services being offered by the Tobii Dynavox Learning Team! There is something here for you whether you work with kids, or adults, and they are free of charge!

Aug 24th: 1pm -2pm  The Magic of Modeling

Aug 24th 4pm – 5 pm Can’t Touch This: Using Alternative Access Methods with Boardmaker

Aug 25th 10am – 10:45 Low-Tech Tools for Symbol-Supported Communicators

Aug 26th 4pm – 5pm Create Activities with Boardmaker

Aug 27th 11am – 11:45am Support Expression with the TD Snap Aphasia Page Set

If none of these are germane to your practice be sure to check back here as the team is constantly updating content!

Happy learning!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Writing as easy as Snap!

Hey Tek-ninjas! This post goes out specifically to my school-based occupational therapy friends. Are you familiar with the work of Dr. Gretchen Hanser, specifically regarding alternative pencils? If you’re not, be sure to familiarize yourself. But in a nutshell, Dr. Hanser says that an alternative pencil is defined as anything that provides a student with access to all 26 letters of the alphabet, specifically if they are unable to hold a traditional pencil.

Did you know that the AAC software Snap, from Tobii-Dynavox makes a terrific alternative pencil, and excels with a wide variety of access modalities including direct touch, scanning, head mouse, and even eye-gaze.

It’s very easy to customize the keyboard and take advantage of the robust word prediction engine. See the video below to see how to set this up for direct interaction.
At $49.99 for iOS this software is a deal as most competitive word production software retails for significantly more.

Happy therapy!