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How to Create a Communication Friendly Environment

Communication apps can be used effectively to support people with communication difficulty, however it can be a challenge to choose which app best meets a person's needs.

This introductory level workshop will explore the different types of communication apps that are available for iPad, based on the CALL Scotland 'Wheel of AAC Apps' as a guiding structure. This will include symbol-based grid Apps and text-based Apps, with many different features, as well as simple communication apps which use photo/picture images.

We will also view apps to help with assessing skills and those for developing language and communication skills. There will be time for discussing and comparing apps, and time to view tools for matching app features to a person's needs. The expected outcome of the course is that participants will be able to make informed choices of which communication apps to choose for a person with communication difficulty.



30th October 2018
University of Edinburgh

What you will learn

    Who is the seminar aimed at?

    • Additional Support Needs staff in all sectors of Education including VI Specialists and class teachers
    • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff
    • Speech and Language Therapy staff
    • Support Workers

    Meet your presenter(s)

    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.

    What the research says



    About the day


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