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Supporting Learners with Dyslexia Using Digital Technology

There are many different kinds of assistive technology that can support an individual with autism whether it is a bespoke communication device, an communication app on an iPad, a laptop with assistive software to support writing activities or a digital recorder to take notes or set with reminders. It can address many of the barriers an individual with autism faces. In our experience, many children and young people with autism can be supported successfully to achieve their learning objectives if they have the right tools at hand combined with good teaching strategies and encouragement.

On this full day course, we will explore a wide range of assistive technologies to support communication and the understanding of language, social interaction, literacy, making choices, organisation, concentration and to regulate well-being. CALL Scotland's specialist Speech and Language Therapist and teaching staff will deliver relevant, hands on training and facilitate group discussion on classroom strategies that work.



28th February 2019
University of Edinburgh

Full day course
(9:30pm - 3:30pm)

What you will learn

    • To recognise the elements of autism that can be supported with assistive technology
    • To review and evaluate selected appropriate devices, apps and software
    • To plan the use of technology to meet the specific needs of an individual autistic learner
    • To demonstrate the ability to effectively introduce and use technology to support learning
    • To challenge the use of technology in your school and think creatively about adopting new practices

    Who is the seminar aimed at?

    • Class teachers, Support for Learning teachers and Additional Support Needs staff/ assistants
    • Family support workers, social workers, NHS personnel
    • Parents and other family members

    Meet your presenter(s)

    Shirley Lawson
    Assistive Technology and ASN Officer

    I bring my teaching experience into my role at CALL as Development Officer for Assistive Technologies and Additional Support Needs. I lead the CALL Scotland Professional Learning and am focussing on providing a programme of relevant, quality assistive technology training to those working with children and young people with additional support needs and / or disabilities.

    What the research says



    About the day

    • Duration: 9:30pm - 3:30pm
    • Class size: No more than 16
    • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.
    • Food: A generous lunch to keep you full up.


    • Room: , University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ