Introducing….. ME!

I’ve decided to introduce myself here on the blog – I have just joined the Spectronics Consultancy Team for one day a week and I really hope I get to know you better in the coming months!

My name is Amanda Hartmann and I’m a Speech Pathologist. I currently have my own busy private practice working with children and young adults with disabilities.  I am passionate about supporting the development of communication systems using technology, symbols and sign language. I am, however NOT new to the Spectronics team, having worked with the team in the AAC section 6 years ago.  After 6 years away – some things are still the same (some of the SAME great team and plenty of familiar faces, and heaps of enthusiasm!), but some things are new (bigger and better conference, Apple, apple and more apple, twitter, blogging and scoop it!).  I was so honoured and excited when Barbara, Michael and Greg offered me a chance to work again with the Spectronics Team.  I’m alongside some amazing people here (right?) and I hope to learn from them as well as inspire people as I go!

So what can you expect to see from me?

  1. The first thing, almost ready to go, is our first WEBINAR, titled : ‘Proloquo2Go: Making it work  for you!’ – For the past week I have filmed over an hour of instructional tips, ideas and inspiration to get Proloquo2Go working for you! Slightly unnerving to be talking to a computer to record my presentation, rather than the usual sea of people in an actual workshop –but fun none the less!   Proloquo2Go is such a fantastic app to support communication development  and this webinar will be great for those of you – who not only need some help to get started, but also for those that need to learn more to make it  even more successful!
  2. You’ll also see me around here on the blog – where I’ll try to answer all the hard questions… to give you tips and ideas for all things communication, learning and apple!
  3. And I can’t wait to add MY FAVOURITE APPS (clue: Toca Boca!!!) to our ever-growing apps lists! What a GREAT reference point this is becoming for all of us – even I found 10 new cool apps today as I reviewed it! I loved this one… Smarty Pants.
  4. I am looking forward to joining the consultancy team in their workshops and training. I am really passionate about getting out there, meeting people and sharing what I know!  I can’t wait.
  5. And I’ll try to learn how to tweet and scoop too….

So thanks for having me here – looking forward to riding this Spectronics train – what a great ride to be on! ;)

 

Amanda

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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.

9 Responses to Introducing….. ME!

  1. Hey Amanda – welcome aboard the Spectronics train! We look forward to sharing your webinars, blog posts, iPad knowledge and your infectious enthusiasm for supporting all diverse learners using inclusive technologies.

  2. I LOVE that photo! Just saying …

  3. Pauline halupka says:

    Hi Amanda
    Thanks so much for your blog. My son uses a dynervox4 but he also likes using the iPad. I have downloaded jthe proloque2go app onto it but have not been able to use it very well as I don’t know how to. So I would be really grateful to be able to help my son to use it to its full potential.

    Could you please add me to your page where you talk about how to use it properly

    My son, mark, is really keen to be able to “talk” on the radio, as that is his passion. For the past four years he has participated in a radio program put on by Phoenix radio at Springfield lakes. He really loves being a part of it and I would love to be able to help him to participate in other radio stations as well

    Thanks
    Pauline

    • Amanda Hartmann says:

      Thanks Pauline, Watch the blog, because the webinar about Proloquo2Go is coming soon!
      I love hearing stories about schools using real and motivating situations (e.g. radio station) to get meaningful communication and learning out of kids!
      Talk again soon.
      Amanda

  4. helen mill says:

    Hi Amanda
    My name is Helen (Mill) and I was happy to find you blogging in the Spectronics website over which I have been surfing since my one day at the Spectronics conference yesterday. You visited my school Redland District Special last year and I think you are booked to visit us again very soon. I was lucky enough to go to a session on Proloquo2Go at the conference and am keen to use it in my classroom as two or three of my students have it on their ipads.
    Regards
    Helen

  5. Mary Pitt says:

    Hi Amanda
    Loved your last Proloquo2go video on scheduling and have already used it at my school. Very much looking forward to the next video. One Proloquo2go Junkie to another.
    Mary
    PS Had the pleasure on having David visit our school after we attended the fabulous Spectronics Conference at Jupiters.

  6. Robin Ogg says:

    Has the Making it Work for you Webinar been posted? I would love to see it.

  7. Barbara Landsberg says:

    Hi Robin. Thanks for popping in to comment on our blog. Amanda is away at present so I’ll answer your question. Yes, the “Proloquo2Go: Making it work for you” webinar has been posted and is available for viewing as one of the free videos within our growing collection of Spectronics Online resources. Check it out at http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/online/profile/proloquo2gomaking-it-work-for-you/

    Hope you find it useful!
    Cheers
    Barbara

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