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Created on Thursday, 07 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

We have been asked to pass on information about a survey into how decisions are made about selecting an appropriate  App for somebody who needs to use augmentative and alternative communication to express themselves. The survey, organised by James Northridge from the University of Massachusetts...

Created on Monday, 04 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Does anybody in a secondary school in Scotland have a pupil who is using a Reader Pen / Exam Pen to help them read text independently? Has this pupil used the Pen to sit prelims, or SQA assessments? Jim Bowen from Scanning Pens is desperately looking for case studies illustrating the use of Reader /...

Created on Friday, 01 December 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Over the past few years I’ve occasionally reflected on the range of switch accessible toys available for children with complex additional support needs. Companies like Inclusive Technology, TFH, SpaceKraft and Liberator have some excellent toys available, but many have become increasingly comp...

Created on Thursday, 26 October 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

To coincide with the Dyslexia Scotland Educational Conference on Saturday 28th October, we have updated our iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties wheel and will be launching a new wheel, iPad Apps for Learners with Dyscalculia / Numeracy Difficulties. Both can be do...

Created on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

CALL Scotland will have an exhibition stand at Bobath Scotland's World Cerebral Palsy Day Conference at the Hilton Hotel, William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT on Wednesday 4th October. The conference, sponsored by Digby Brown Solicitors, is free to attend, very friendly and relaxed - you don't hav...

Created on Thursday, 14 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Many people can cope with basic arithmetic when a problem is presented as a sum to be calculated, but struggle when the question is wrapped up in words. Text to speech software can help with reading the words in a problem, but it won't necessarily make the question easier to understand, or to an...

Created on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

Our third blog for Maths Week Scotland focuses on the use of Number Squares which are a tried and tested tool for helping learners gain confidence and familiarity with working with numbers, particularly in the form of addition squares and multiplication squares. For many years, teachers have been en...

Created on Monday, 11 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

This is our second blog for Maths Week Scotland. Today we are looking at the idea of using a Number Line, a popular manipulative to help young learners with dyscalculia and other numeracy difficulties gain a better understanding of numbers. We are going to focus on the Number Line app from the Math ...

Created on Monday, 11 September 2017. Posted by Allan Wilson

To mark Maths Week Scotland, we will be publishing a short blog every day looking at apps that can help improve the numeracy skills of pupils with dyscalculia, or other difficulties with mathematics. Today we are looking at 'subitising' and an app that can help learners work on this skill. W...