ATANZ Winter 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter 29 March 2020
Hello Visitor,

Welcome to the ATANZ Newsletter for Winter 2019. If you are interested in events in the world of Assistive Technology, read on. 

Message from the Chair

Kia Ora ATANZ members.
We have more professional development opportunities coming up this year. We have the LAMP workshops with Ellen Winchester and Leanna Fox in the next few weeks. Remember to log in on the ATANZ website when you register to get your membership discount for the LAMP workshops.
We are also excited to announce a two part webinar with Lori Geist from Project Core coming up in October. Please see more details of these training opportunities below.

In addition to these we will have a webinar on Voice Banking and Message Banking with Paula Shennan this winter (date to be announced) and a fantastic Literacy Intensive with Sally Clendon and Jane Farrall in 2020.

The webinars will run on Zoom. We are aware that some members have difficulty accessing Zoom so we tried to stream the Joy Zabala webinars on YouTube with mixed success. Hopefully the technical difficulties will be overcome for the next few webinars. Do try to access Zoom if you can possibly can, as this will give you the opportunity to ask questions and be more interactive during the webinars.
Best Regards
Magnus Hammarsal
ATANZ Chairperson

Feedback on SETT webinar 

We would like to gather feedback on the SETT webinar.  Please fill in this Survey Monkey which should take no more than 5min. This will inform how we run future webinars.​

Professional Development Opportunities

ATANZ are planning further webinars and events for 2019, so keep in touch to register for these! 

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning 

ATANZ is excited to host a LAMP workshop presented by Speech Therapist / LAMP Certified Professional Ellen Winchester (Autism Spectrum Australia) and Liberator Speech Therapist Leanna Fox.

Auckland – Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 July 2019
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Hillsborough Baptist Church - 179 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough
Christchurch – Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2019
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Ministry of Education Christchurch, Ground Floor Conference Room, Te Uruti, 48 Hereford Street, Christchurch
Cost: $300 ATANZ member - $400 non-ATANZ member - $100 parents/SLT students

Registrations close 24 June 2019 or when sold out – places are limited!

Register online on the ATANZ website –
Please remember to log in for membership pricing!
What is LAMP?
Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles. The goal is to provide individuals a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves in any setting. The LAMP approach can be used with both Unity® & Words for Life.
Who can attend?
This event is targeted at professionals working with people who use AAC. However, it is appropriate for anyone who is keenly interested in learning more about LAMP, or who is already using the LAMP approach. Attendees may be parents, carers, therapists, educators, education support, or university students who have some knowledge of AAC.
Why attend?
The aim of this workshop is to educate attendees in the principles of LAMP and its application with various AAC systems, so that they feel confident to implement the LAMP approach in their daily practice.

Day 1: Introduction to the LAMP Approach led by Ellen Winchester.
  • LAMP Theory and evidence base
  • The five components of LAMP (readiness to learn, natural consequences, auditory signals, consistent & unique motor patterns, shared focus)
  • Practical application in schools and therapy

Day 2: Implementation: Unity® & Words for Life led by Leanna Fox
  • Foundations of Unity® & Words for LifeTM
  • Understanding and navigating the language systems
  • Tools for implementation
  • Assessment, ongoing data collection & evaluation

Project Core Webinar 

Wednesday 16 October 2019 & Wednesday 30 October 2019  from 1-2pm

Register and find out more about each session at

Individual price (ATANZ and non-ATANZ members): $25         

Group price (whole school, whole office/team, etc): $50

The Project Core implementation model is aimed at helping teachers, parents and therapists to provide students with complex communication needs with access to a flexible Universal Core vocabulary and evidence-based instruction to teach them to use core vocabulary via personal augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems.

Session 1: Classroom-based Core Vocabulary Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities

Session 2: Embedding Core Vocabulary Instruction into Emergent Literacy Routines

Lori Geist, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lori is a certified speech-language pathologist with an emphasis in augmentative communication and assistive technology. She has worked in direct service, consultation, and product development related to AAC, language, and literacy intervention for students with complex communication needs. Lori currently serves as the project director for a research initiative called Project Core.


Literacy For All


Date: Monday 20 to Friday 24 April 2020

Time: Mon-Thur 9am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm

Cost: $1500 ATANZ members $1600 non-ATANZ members $800 parents/caregivers*
Includes morning tea, lunch & tea/coffee each day plus ongoing access to the course website for 12 months
*max of 10 places at parent/caregiver rate
Please note ATANZ membership is $90 and gets you discounts on all of our courses and webinars. 

Venue: Harbour View room, Victory Convention Centre, 98 Beaumont St, Freemans Bay, Auckland, NZ

Course registrations now open at:

Presented by Dr Sally Clendon and Jane Farrall

The Literacy For All Intensive Course is a 5-day instructional course that covers theoretical and practical aspects of comprehensive literacy instruction for children and adults with disabilities, including complex communication needs. 

The course covers literacy teaching for both emergent and conventional readers and writers, assessment tools for a range of literacy learners and access to a number of practical resources through the course website.

The course is designed for anyone who wants to support one or more students with disabilities to improve their literacy skills, including teachers, leadership teams, therapists and parents.

Nominations for Board of Trustees 

The AGM is coming up on later in 2019.  Magnus and Justine will need to step down as they have served 6 faithful years, so we will be taking nominations for new trustees from now.  If you are interested or you have colleagues you think would be interested in supporting AT in New Zealand, then please contact us at  Please contact Magnus if you'd like to know more about what being a trustee entails. 

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