Author Archives: Helen Robinson

About Helen Robinson

Speech and Language Therapist. Assistive Technology Clinical Specialist for the Barnsley Assistive Technology Team.

MND Study Day Success!

Yesterday we delivered our first Motor Neurone disease Study day here at the Barnsley Assistive Technology Team. This was developed in response to increasing demand from professionals in or area for training around assistive technology for this client group.

Helen Robinson and Marcus Friday presented to a wide range of professionals from across the region, including; Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Regional Care Development Advisors from the MND Association.

We covered Alternative and Augmentative Communication methods and Environmental Controls, with a mix of teaching, discussion and hands on exploration of the equipment. We also shared some of the initial data from a recent  focus group with people living with MND and their carers at SiTRAN in Sheffield, which was lead by Simon Judge from our team.

We were joined by our guest speaker, Jennifer Benson, Speech and Language Therapist, who kindly came along to tell us about her experience of using the Model Talker speech synthesis software. Jennifer is soon jetting off to Orlando, Florida, to talk about this process and we are sure they will be as impressed with her presentation as we were!

The day generated lots of discussion around assistive technology for people with MND and we received some fantastic verbal feedback from attendees at the end of the day.

The MND study day is one of the many training opportunities we are currently offering. For details of further courses and workshops please visit our website page:


NEW Local Services Resource pack

Two of our newer team members, Helen Robinson (Speech and Language Therapist) and Jenny Scott (Occupational Therapist) have been busy developing a brand new resource pack for local services. The pack is available from our website here:

Local Service Resource Guide

Local Service Resource Guide

The pack is a handy go to guide for professionals working within the field of Assistive Technology, containing one page profiles for AAC and Environmental Control products and resources. This includes; communications aids, switches, computer access peripherals, remote controls, mounting solutions, assessments, toolkits and software.

The products and resources within the pack are those which would usually fall within the remit of local services to provide under the new NHS England Specialised Services commissioning guidelines. We plan to update the pack on a regular basis and adding more products over thee coming months. We hope you find it useful!