Inspired by other SLT bloggers in the North East!

Although I have blogged about speech and language issues, ukuleles, etc. and have run an SLT website since 2003, I have never really taken to “personal blogging”.

I did try my hand at it on Amplify for a while but it did not feel that comfortable.

However, I have been inspired by the confidence (bravery?) of Julie Carr and Chris Plant and think I will give it a go!

I have even linked this blog to my website so that people might actually find them!

Enough for now – the ukulele calls me!

How long does it take to learn to use a MinSpeak-based AAC system?

This blog post contains extracts from a message that I posted to the CM-AAC-Forum in 2009, as one of many contributors to a lengthy discussion about “Icon vs Text Based Communication Systems”. This was was one of several branches of a thread that had originated with a discussion about word prediction software.

The question, “How long does it take to learn to use a MinSpeak-based system?”,  is just as valid for any other AAC system, but there is a particular reason why I am concerned about the MinSpeak question.  This is that I have been quoted as reporting in 1989 that it took 200 hours of direct therapy to teach a cognitively intact adult to use a MinSpeak system fully.  I was a bit baffled by this as I did not recall ever have said any such thing and could not imagine where this “fact” had come from.
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Ukulele Song for Giving Voice

Giving Voice – Ukulele Song – Liz Panton

Giving Voice UK Song mp3
Download:  Giving Voice Songsheet – Liz Panton


Added this inspiring video of the Giving Voice Communication Chain over The Tyne on 20 Nov 2011, with my song used as the soundtrack – I could not be more thrilled!

I thought about all the times I have been asked what a Speech and Language Therapist does and this song came to me.

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