About Amanda Hartmann

Amanda is a Speech Pathologist with over 17 years experience. She has worked within educational settings, and currently divides her time between her busy private practice and as an Inclusive Technology Consultant with Spectronics www.spectronics.com.au.

Amanda is a Key Word Sign/Makaton Presenter, an official Proloquo2Go trainer www.assistiveware.com/amanda-hartmann and an official expert TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box. She is also a certified Apple Trainer and regularly runs iPad workshops to help schools integrate iPad technology into the classroom, for all learners.

Amanda has a special interest in supporting and developing communication, literacy and learning for a wide range of diverse learners, often through the use of visual tools, sign language and technology. She has spent many years providing therapy support and teacher/parent training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for students with complex communication needs, due to disabilities such as: Cerebral palsy and other Physical impairments, Visual impairment, Hearing impairment, Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Intellectual Impairment, Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and others. She also has specialist knowledge to support the literacy learning of students with learning difficulties, language impairments and other diverse learning needs. She is passionate about providing interactive and engaging presentations to educators, parents and therapists.

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Integrating iPads Into the Classroom

Integrating iPads Into the Classroom

This blog post includes resources and links for participants attending professional development training in Canberra in July 2014. It includes information to help educators successfully integrate the iPad into their mainstream classroom. Information has been compiled by the Spectronics Consultancy Team. Please email us on mail@spectronicsinoz.com if you need any further information. Please view the slides here:   IPAD BASICS If you …

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3 Cool {Musical} Things #4

3 Cool {Musical} Things #4

Hi all! #3coolthings 3 MORE cool things to share from me this week! And special thanks to Cha for jumping last week! I love it when people want to share their 3 cool things. Everyone is doing such cool things out there. PLEASE share your secret genius! #thankyoukevin! The 3 cool things I did this week, have a …

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Three cool things #2 2014

Three cool things #2 2014

HI again, Here are the 3 cool things I did this week:   1. WATCHED THIS GOOGLE HANGOUT: Google-hangout-on-air-getting-ready-for-the-ilt2014-conference. I am totally loving the idea of using Extensions/Apps within Google Chrome. Adds a whole new way for our students to engage with, and learn from the internet! Here are some of the Google extensions mentioned in this Google-Hangout …

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Three cool things – blog post #1 2014

Three cool things –  blog post #1 2014

Hi everyone, Three Cool Things: blog post #1 Welcome to this first blog post about 3 cool things I did this week. In an effort to share my “secret genius” (stealing these now famous words from Kevin Honeycutt), I decided that regular blog posts dedicated to share the big, the little, the random, and the totally cool stuff …

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Top 10 Apps for Language Development

Top 10 Apps for Language Development

  Many students in your classroom/clinic may have language delays, which means they have difficulties using and understanding words and sentences to communicate effectively. Good spoken language skills can provide a solid foundation for written language and literacy. The iPad can be a great instructional tool to support language development with engagement, interaction and language learning, in areas …

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Top 10 Ways to Use Symbols

Top 10 Ways to Use Symbols

  Some things should never go out of fashion… and using symbols in your classrooms and in your homes is one of them! Symbol resources provide strong visual cues for all learners of all ages. Using symbol tools can support communication, behaviour, organisation and even literacy. This webinar reminds us, with loads of practical ideas, of the importance …

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AAC in classrooms

AAC in classrooms

Students with little or no speech, are often working with their parents and teachers to use a system of AAC (Augmentative and/or Alternative Communication) to communicate. Even in the busiest of classrooms, there are always opportunities to bring AAC in. We need to find ways and create ways, so that students get those multiple and repeated opportunities to …

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Top 10 Apps for Early Learning

Top 10 Apps for Early Learning

  Each day we have students that need some extra learning and practice of some early prerequisite skills; skills that will help them to become better learners. From early literacy and numeracy, to matching and patterns; from concepts of colours, shapes and numbers to early touch-screen skills; from early language and vocabulary development to engagement and interaction; the …

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Integrating the iPad into the Classroom

Integrating the iPad into the Classroom

This blog post includes resources and links for participants attending professional development training in Sydney Cluster schools in March 2014. It includes information to help educators successfully integrate the iPad into their mainstream classroom.  Information has been compiled by the Spectronics Consultancy Team. Please email us on mail@spectronicsinoz.com if you need any further information. Please view the slides here: IPAD BASICS If …

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Top 10 Book Creation Apps

Top 10 Book Creation Apps

  It is so powerful for both educators and students to create books and learning materials on their iPad. A book becomes more than paper, words and pictures, because it can now include great interactivity with videos and audio, etc. Not only does this improve student engagement, but it also allows students to access materials that were previously …

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