I am so grateful for the VIP in NZ facebook group for keeping everyone informed regarding parliament and time frames for parliamentary submissions. They are also great at encouraging people to write to their MPs.

If you are interested in submitting your own letter, here is my draft based on their recent sample letter.

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We don't treat anxiety as speech-language therapists, that is beyond our scope of practice, but it can help to feel confident about how to respond when you see anxiety in a student or client. There is also a lot we all can inadvertently do that will add to the anxiety the person is feeling, which i...

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We have some new protocols to help keep everyone safe

We all have do some new things to keep each other safe. Currently it is not possible to be 100% sure if someone is or isn't contagious, however there are many simple things we can do to keep the risk low.

Before each session, we need to confirm a few details

Please complete this form which asks for your name and best contact detail in case contact tracing is necessary. This information is kept confidential and separate from our other records. We will only use it if asked for it by the official contact tracers. We will delete this information after 4 weeks.

As part of this form, we also need to check that everyone is well and that no one has been exposed to COVID-19.

Contact tracing log form

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A couple families were looking for a visual support around hand washing as we prepare to start spending more time moving from our homes to shared places like school, shops, etc.

There are heaps of great resources out there, but here is mine in case anyone has someone who feels favourable towards...

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During this pandemic rāhui, many of our students are attending school remotely as are their support professionals. My students are reporting that their school and work Zoom meetings are really tricky:

  • People can't hear their AAC
  • People can't see when they are composing
  • It is really hard to jump into the conversation

This won't fix everything, but here are two videos demonstrating of how I use screen mirroring apps to connect my iPad based AAC to the laptop during a Zoom meeting.

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