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Technology to Support Learners with Complex Communication Support Needs (CCSN) in the Classroom

Dyslexia is a life-long neurodevelopmental condition that can result cause low achievement, high stress and disengagement. The use of assistive digital technology combined with effective targeted teaching can help raise attainment for students with literacy difficulties. There are a wide variety of computers, tablets and devices on the market and all have excellent assistive features that can provide valuable support to dyslexic students who have difficulties reading, writing, spelling, numeracy and with organisation.

On this course, the CALL Scotland team will be sharing knowledge and expertise of a wide range of hardware (laptops, iPads, Chromebooks etc), software and apps that can support dyslexic learners to meet their learning objectives. Participants will have the hands-on opportunity to explore solutions for having text read out loud (Text to Speech), predictive text, speech recognition, spelling and grammar checking, the use of audio notes and mind mapping software and apps.



14th March 2019
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

    • To match the most appropriate assistive technologies to the needs of your dyslexic students
    • To recognise the key features of software and apps that address literacy difficulties and
    • To demonstrate the skills to use the assistive software and apps effectively in the classroom
    • To implement a strategy of support in your classroom which includes staff, students and the relevant technology

    Who is the seminar aimed at?

    • All teachers, primary and secondary
    • Support for Learning staff, Additional Support Needs staff/assistants
    • Health professionals, dyslexia tutors, social care and voluntary sector staff working with people with dyslexia
    • 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.

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    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