About Katie Lyon

Katie is a speech pathologist and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) consultant who has been working with young children and adults with complex communication needs for the past 13 years. She has had worked in various roles including Coordinator of the Non-electronic Communication Aid Scheme and Regional Communication Service in Victoria as part of the state-wide Communication Access Network. She has a keen interest in supporting families, teachers, direct support workers and therapists to access information about AAC and assistive technology through education and training. She currently works part-time with Spectronics and part-time with the Communication Resource Centre at Scope in Victoria.

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Meet our newest member of the family…the AAC Ferret! FREE for its first two weeks!

Meet our newest member of the family…the AAC Ferret! FREE for its first two weeks!

The Spectronics Consultancy Team are pleased to introduce the newest member of the team – the AAC Ferret! He really is a very helpful little guy for all of those people out there trying to find their way through the hundreds of apps supporting communication available for the iPad. Do you support people with communication difficulties? Do know someone …

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Chatable has arrived!

Chatable has arrived!

The brand new AAC app from Therapy Box, has just been released on the App Store – (literally hours ago!) and we were lucky enough to get our hands on a copy to check it out. Therapy Box are well known for their quality AAC apps such as the text based , and Scene & Heard which focuses …

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Apps to Support Key Word Sign in the Australian Context

Apps to Support Key Word Sign in the Australian Context

This webinar will explore the apps that can be used to support the use of Key Word Sign in the Australian Context.

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Backchannel Chat for great discussion and sharing!

Backchannel Chat for great discussion and sharing!

Backchannel Chat is the practice of conducting a real-time online conversation alongside live spoken conversation. Basically, it is an effective way of sharing notes, suggestions, links and discussion between members of an audience in real time, whilst a presentation, lecture or keynote is happening. It is similar to other micro-blogging tools such as Twitter in that you are …

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iPad Basics 101: Out of the Box Tips for Successful Implementation with IOS7 Update

iPad Basics 101: Out of the Box Tips for Successful Implementation with IOS7 Update

This webinar is designed for the beginners out there! Are you new to the iPad? An updated version of the iPad Basics 101 webinar with relevant iOS7 content including a brief overview of switch control.

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Easy English for Health: Better Outcomes for All

Easy English for Health: Better Outcomes for All

For health consumers with low English literacy it is essential to provide health information in a way that is easy to understand. In health care settings, communication breakdowns between patient & caregiver can have dire consequences, including:       increased patient pain; misdiagnoses; drug treatment errors; extensions in hospital stays; death. (Happ, 2004. & Patak, 2006.)   …

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Easy English: Making it easier on everyone

Easy English: Making it easier on everyone

Did you know that 44%* of adults living in Australia have difficulty reading and understanding written information? Did you know that in any one primary school up to 30% of children can be struggling with literacy? *Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013) Written information that is presented to people is often very difficult to understand if you do struggle …

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Just as we “Predictable”ed….the update was well worth waiting for!

Just as we “Predictable”ed….the update was well worth waiting for!

It’s been 18 months in the making, but the award-winning text to speech app for communication, Predictable, was updated to version 3 recently and it has some great new features that I want to tell you about. Since its initial release in 2011, Predictable has been known as one of the most comprehensive text to speech apps out …

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Claro Software’s smart suite of apps for iOS!

Claro Software’s smart suite of apps for iOS!

Claro Software have been in the biz of assistive technology for a long while and it is evident with the release of their growing collection of high quality apps for the iPad. I just thought I would give you a brief run down on the diverse suite of apps and their features. They really are easy to use, …

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Co:Writer now available for iOS

Co:Writer now available for iOS

Co:Writer is an oldie but definitely a goodie, and its latest release on the iOS platform shows it just continues to move with the times! It is a trusted writing tool that has been around for ever, providing support for phonetic and inventive spelling, grammar, and topic-related vocabulary, assisting those students who struggle with various aspects of the …

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