Charlene Cullen

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Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene has been a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

Charlene is a Certified Apple Trainer, a Certified Google Educator and an endorsed Premium Trainer by Assistiveware.

Apple Certified Trainer Google Certified Educator Assistiveware Premium Trainer


About Charlene Cullen


Conference Presentations

Inclusive Technologies Expo 2014 – Regional Queensland – Rockhampton, QLD 27th November 2014

  • Key Note Presentation: "Cutting Edge Technology"
  • Two Inclusive Technologies sessions (Focus – Further Education; Employment)

Inclusive Learning Technologies® Conference 2014 20th to 23rd May 2014

  • Meet the DynaVox T10! The Compass app, Communication Page Sets for PODD and more!
  • iPad MasterClass: Using iPads to Support Students with Autism in Primary School Years Full Day Workshop, co-presented with Amanda Hartmann
  • Selecting AAC apps: Strategies and Resources, co-presented with Carole Zangari and Amanda Hartmann
  • Switched onto Successful Access to Mobile Tablets, co-presented with Amanda Hartmann

Central Queensland Region Special Educators Conference – Central Queensland University – Mackay, QLD 21st October 2013

  • Keynote - The Future of ICT in Special Education
  • iBooks: Creating Digital Content on the iPad

AGOSCI’s 11th Biennial Conference in May 2013 1st to 4th May 2013

  • Appetiser: Connecting you to a Smorgasbord of apps
  • Connect2Community with Boardmaker Studio

Inclusive Learning Technologies® Conference 2012 22nd to 25th May 2012

  • iLearn iPad: Getting Started with the Basics
  • OK I get that I need to use Social Media Tools. But HOW do I do it?
  • Templates and Gadgets: What Studio brings, these are a few of my favourite things
  • Making Visual Supports in the Fast Lane

Disability Studies: Every Body In Inaugural Conference 27th to 30th November 2011

Presented: Everybody in the conversation by using your eyes to talk

Ipswich Special and Ipswich West Schools Conference – Sunshine Coast QLD October 2011

AGOSCI Conference 2011: Taking it to the Streets – Adelaide SA May 2011

  • Cyber Street - Accessing social networking tools
  • Becoming street-wise: board-making tools for visual supports


Other Past Presentations

Spectronics DynaVox T10 Presentation – Sydney 13th August 2014

Spectronics DynaVox T10 Presentation – Melbourne 25th July 2014

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Hands-on with Texthelp Read&Write GOLD Version 11 Literacy Support software – Darwin 23rd August 2013

Various Workshops

Clicker 6 Hands On – Sydney Catholic Education Office NSW

AAC lecture – Melbourne University VIC

Developing Switch Skills with apps and Software – School of Special Educational Needs: Disability, Perth WA

Strategies to support communication, positive behaviour and literacy in the classroom – South Gippsland Specialist School, Leongatha VIC

Hands on with Proloquo2Go – CRC, Biloela QLD

Creating Opportunities for AAC Use: All Day, Every Day – Ovens and Kings, Wangaratta VIC

Hands on AAC lecture – University of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC

InterAACtion all day, every day – Department of Health Consultancy, Darwin NT

Standard Webinars
  • Introduction to Clicker 6 and Clicker apps
  • Introduction to apps for Early Literacy
  • Introduction to Texthelp Read&Write Gold version 11
  • Using iPads to Support Your Students with Autism
  • Boardmaker Basics: Creating Print Activities
  • Boardmaker Plus Basics
  • Boardmaker Speaking Dynamically Pro
  • Boardmaker Studio
  • Clicker 5
  • Clicker 6
  • Clicker Paint
  • Communicate SymWriter
  • Proloqu2Go
  • Texthelp Read&Write 10 GOLD
Personalised Webinars
  • Alternative Access to the Mac using SwitchXS and Keystrokes – Calvary Care, NSW
  • An Introduction to Key Word Sign – CRC, Biloela, QLD
  • Proloquo2Go in the Special Education Classroom – Palmerston SEC, NT
  • DynaVox – St Giles Southern Services
  • Boardmaker CRC Biloela
  • Boardmaker Plus – Southport Special School
  • Boardmaker Studio Online Training – Riverstone High School
  • KU Children’s Services Online Boardmaker


Apple | iPad Workshops

Successfully using iPads within the Special Education Classroom – Monash Special Developmental School VIC

Communication in the Classroom – Melbourne Catholic Education Office VIC

Successfully using iPads within the Classroom – Mumbulla Steiner School, Bega NSW

Northern Territory DECS iPad Workshops – NT

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Supporting your diverse learners using iPads and other technologies in your classroom toolkit! – Alice Springs 2nd September 2013

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Supporting your diverse learners using iPads and other technologies in your classroom toolkit! – Gove (Nhulunbuy) 30th August 2013

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Supporting your diverse learners using iPads and other technologies in your classroom toolkit! – Katherine 28th August 2013

Northern Territory Workshop Tour: Supporting your diverse learners using iPads and other technologies in your classroom toolkit! – Darwin 26th August 2013

iPad Workshops at Australian Association of Special Education (AASE) NT – Darwin 24th August 2013

iPad Professional Learning Series for Victorian Specialist Schools

iPad Presentation – Bayside SDS – Moorabbin VIC

Using the iPad APPropriately throughout the day in various environments – Pinarc Disability Support Services – Ballarat VIC

iLearn iPad: Getting Started with the Basics – Gold Coast QLD

What’s appropriate? Apps for AAC – ComTEC Yooralla, Brooklyn VIC

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