Ans Kilkens, PhD, is a speech-language pathologist at the Children’s Rehabilitation Department of the Rehabilitation Centre at the Sint Maartenskliniek in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, who specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and early communication development and intervention. Ans completed a Speech Therapy Study at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and  graduated from Radboud University Nijmegen where she studied Speech and Language Pathology. In 2015, she obtained her PhD degree in Nijmegen. Her PhD thesis concerned the development of evaluation of a new communication intervention entitled: “Communication Assessment & Intervention System for children with complex developmental disabilities (CAIS).

Our favorite quote

“Communication, for everyone, anytime and anywhere.”

Nathalie Verstegen
The fact that she can’t talk, doesn’t mean she can’t communicate. Nathalie uses a Tobii computer with eyetracker to communicate. This gives  her a voice.  She is sitting in a wheelchair.

At the moment she’s doing an internship at RDG Kompagne, a supplier of communication devices, computer adaptations and environmental control systems for disabled individuals.

She’s testing computer games to see if they are suitable for people who are using eye track. Also she is an intermediator for people who are using a Tobii computer and she demonstrates the possibilities of this system.

Besides her work for RDG Kompagne, she works for  a multimedia company .  There they make multimedia productions, like small introduction movies . Also they make a Week journal and publish this on the Internet.

Loes Theunissen is a speech and language therapist at the Children’s Rehabilitation Department of the Rehabilitation Centre at the Sint Maartenskliniek in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, who specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and early literacy. Loes completed a Speech Therapy Study at HAN University of Applied Sciences. In 2014 she won an encouragement prize in the ‘special project election’ of LECSO, the National Expertise Centre for Special Education for an inventory on early literacy teaching in children who rely on AAC. In collaboration with the Institute of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences of the Radboud University Nijmegen she is now working on an intervention procedure for early literacy teaching in this specific population.

Loes won’t be speaking at OurFutureHealth, but she had an important role in the research project of AAC!