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Connection in Action prize draw - an Apple ipad

NZSTA Awareness Week 2020 had a theme of Connection and this year’s challenge was a pledge that no one in Aotearoa is left out.  To achieve this aim, we drew on the collective knowledge of our association.

What have you done differently in your practice to make sure all New Zealanders stay connected?

What’s your top tip?

Your challenge was to share a top tip (or tips) about around adapting to changes caused by Covid-19 that keep communication and connection flowing for all New Zealanders, including those with communication and swallowing difficulties.  Have you supported clients to get online?  Have you helped co-workers understand multimodal communication?  Do you use different mediums to stay in touch with clients and co-workers?

We asked you to tell us how you’re using existing resources differently or share new things you’ve developed.  Together we’ll create a comprehensive bank of ideas and resources that will be available for our speech therapy community.

All entries went into the draw to receive a prize of an Apple iPad

The winner of the Connection in Action draw was Amanda White from Wellington.
Lucy Sparshott also received a prize for her video clip on key word signing that went viral and reached 2.5K people.

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