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ICT and iPads for Learners with ASD

When supporting a pupil with autism it is important to consider the potential benefits and challenges of using ICT. Technology can provide a secure, comfortable environment for children and young people with autism. They can feel more in control, be familiar with the routines involved and become more independent in work tasks and develop skills they can also use outside school.

In this course we will be looking at a range of technology that is available and there will be hands on practise time for participants to become familiar with the hardware, software and apps.  Tutors will be there to provide support and there will be detailed handouts on everything we cover.  We will also consider how ICT activities should be planned to that students are able to discern between ICT as a reward activity and when it is being used for learning.  



course cost is £120

Ref: BA23

What you'll learn on the training course

  • How to introduce and manage the use of ICT for ASD learners
  • What technologies are available
  • How to find resources online
  • How to use symbols and text to speech to support communication and literacy
  • What software and apps are fun, engaging and educational
  • How to make use of the Accessibility features of the iPad

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suited to:

This course will be applicable to both primary and secondary sectors

  • Class teachers, Support for Learning teachers
  • Classroom assistants, Additional Support Needs assistants
  • Anyone working with a learner with ASD
  • Parent / Carers

Our trainer(s)

Shirley Lawson

Assistive Technology and ASN Officer

I am on secondment from East Lothian Council's Education ICT team and am here until March 2017 as a Development Officer: Assistive Technologies and Additional Support Needs.


About the day


The course starts at 9:30am and finishes at 3:30pm.

Lunch and refreshments

  • Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout the morning;
  • Selection of biscuits will be available;
  • A generous lunch to keep you full up.


There are a selection of rooms to cater for varying group sizes. Each person will have access to a laptop or an iPad (if required).

Our courses are run at our training centre at the University of Edinburgh (10 minute walk from Waverley station and just off the Royal Mile).