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Using iPads and Picture Apps for Early Level Communication

  • Identifying/using picture/photo apps to support early level communication and to produce simple resources for learners.
  • Explore apps featuring personalised pictures/photos with recorded voice output, inc. apps for photo stories/storytelling, simple communication systems & visual/photo scene displays.
  • Techniques for editing, managing and sharing photos/videos on the iPad and using these to create personalised resources.
  • Discussion of app selection and to explore different features and access options to meet the needs of individual learners. 
  • Apps for producing printed symbol resources and for supporting language development will also be demonstrated.



course cost is £120

Ref: BA6

What you'll learn on the training course

  • Awareness of the simple picture communication apps available and how to select apps to meet learners’ needs
  • How to manage photos and videos on your iPad
  • Create & share personalised resources using picture apps

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suited to:

  • Staff supporting learners with complex communication support needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Severe communication difficulty (speech/language and/or understanding)
  • Speech and Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Delayed and/or disordered communication
  • Learning disability

Our trainer(s)

Joanna Courtney

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 11 years' experience of working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, spending her first 7 years working in a Special School. She has an Honours degree (BSc) in Speech and Language Pathology from Queen Margaret University and her particular area of interest is enabling peer interaction and group opportunities for people who use AAC.

Gillian McNeill

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Gillian’s specialism is in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, drawn from 25 years working within a regional AAC team in Fife, before joining CALL Scotland in 2011. Through this she has built experience from developing a multi-agency AAC partnership, carrying out assessments, implementing support services, delivering training and contributing to AAC projects. Having worked with people with complex communication support needs of all ages - children and adults - her key area of interest presently, is supporting pupils to access learning and communication, through technology.


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).