This is a simple but extremely versatile and useful tool, devised by an SLT to be used with adults who have temporary or prolonged impairment of speech, language and communication.
It is content extensive - with over 800 pictures and 27 templates, but is ideal for busy therapists and carers, because it is a quick, easy to use and adapt resource. All that is needed is a computer, printer, scissors, Velcro® or blue tack. It would be a bonus, but not essential to have a scanner or a laminating machine.
Simply run the CD on a computer, inserting chosen pictures and change text in the boxes already created to anything you wish. These personalised visual and written communication tools can then printed and cut out if required.
The CD provides Microsoft Word templates and JPG pictures for the therapist or carer to create personalised charts, menus, rotas, reminders and prompts for an elderly client, patient, resident or relative who would benefit from having these visual aids. The resources you make can either be printed onto white printer card or paper and/or laminated. Velcro or Blue tack can be added to pictures so that they can be swapped about on the charts. Google images and clipart etc can also be copied and pasted into the documents or a person’s individual photographs using a scanner, customising the resources for a person’s needs and level of understanding.
There are endless possibilities of how the CD can be used once you are familiar with the templates and pictures.
Examples of use:
- You work with a person who keeps forgetting to lock the back door or you want to be sure they are turning off the cooker and they find it difficult to process the information you are giving them verbally. You can print them a reminder picture to lock the door and stick it up in place that will prompt them to do it.
- You want to give a person some choice in what to have for lunch but the verbal information is too much for them. You can print them a Lunch menu and stick some pictures on so they can point at what they want for lunch.
- You suspect a person is uncomfortable but they cannot easily tell you. You could try printing a basic needs chart so the person can point to what is wrong.
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