Minspeak Moments

Minspeak Moments

Stories and strategies from people in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication who use the Minspeak symbol-based system of language encoding. Talk to me via thespeechdude@gmail.com


February 21, 2023 34 mins

Amanda Soper is a Speech-Language Pathologist in Washington, DC. In grad school, she worked with clients who used AAC and knew that this was the field she needed to be in.

Amanda has been working with students with complex communication needs using AAC for the past 11 years, but over the past few years, she has really focused on how to help her students with Cerebral Vision Impairment or CVI to use AAC. 

She went back to school and...

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In this episode, we hear from my friend and colleague, Nigel Duckett, who is the Managing Director of PRC-Saltillo's Australian subsidiary, Liberator. Nigel began the company with three staff in 2007, and today as we head towards the close of 2022, it has 20 employee who have successfully established Unity & LAMP Words For Life as widely-used vocabulary options for people who use AAC. Over time, Nigel and his talented staff have de...

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Beth Speaker-Christensen is an SLP near Chicago who has been working in the field for over 25 years. Beth started her career working for a contract agency in a variety of schools and nursing homes, and was excited to begin working at Shriners Children's Hospital in Chicago.  Whilst working there, she found many gadgets and gizmos used as assistive technology (all collecting dust) and realized quickly she would have to figure out fo...

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November 3, 2022 37 mins

Ainsley Vergara is a speech-language pathologist in Athens, Georgia. She was recently appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia where she provides clinical instruction and supervision for speech pathology students.

With regard to her clinical background, Ainsley has worked in a wide range of settings including schools, private practice, home health, and a nonprofit organization.

While working as an SLP in ...

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Debbie Witkowski is a Speech-Language Pathologist from Semantic Compaction Systems (SCS) in Pittsburgh, PA. She is one of the coordinators and presenters of the "Successful Outcomes in AAC" seminar series, which was formally known as the "Pittsburgh AAC and Language Seminar Series" or PALSS for short.

She has worked with Semantic Compaction Systems since 2011 but her introduction to Minspeak came much earlier, back in 1986, when sh...

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Paul Andres, an Occupational Therapist in Germany who worked at Prentke Romich Deutschland, first as a consultant then as a Minspeak Application Program developer, creating the popular Quasselkiste vocabulary. Later, he worked with Semantic Compaction Systems to take on a much broader role supporting the development and use of other non-english vocabulary sets. He was also instrumental in creating the Realize Language online AAC ...

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Gail Van Tatenhove is known to many people  in the field of AAC for her work with Minspeak® and people who use Minspeak® systems. She is also an expert in  the practice of Descriptive Teaching and regularly presents webinars on this topic.  While Gail does a lot of different presentations in the field of AAC, she remains a working speech-language pathologist, still today providing direct AAC intervention. The majority of her pract...

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August 14, 2022 29 mins

Meher Banajee is Associate Professor and Program Director of Speech-language Pathology Program at LSUHSC Communication Disorders Department. Her areas of interest include AAC, autism spectrum disorders, early intervention and complex communication disorders as well as degenerative neurological disorders.  She has published articles on core vocabulary, AAC within the classroom, autism, and early intervention. She runs several social...

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August 14, 2022 31 mins

Tracy Kovach is one of the presenters and co-ordinators of the Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar series and she’s been instrumental in keeping this event running for many years. She is the author of the popular evaluation tool, the AACP - Augmentative & Alternative Communication Profile: A Continuum of Learning, which is available online from the Pro-Ed website. In this episode, Tracy talks about her experiences as a clinician in Den...

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