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Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

Do these sound familiar? In everyday activity and play, I explore and make choices to develop my learning and interests. I am encouraged to use and share my experiences. HWB 0-19a I value the opportunities I am given to make friends and be part of a group in a range of situations. HWB 0-14a ...

Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

There is a great 'cause and effect level' iPad app called 'Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box,' which costs £1.99 from the App Store. It's a lovely early level app for those who are beginning to interact with a touch screen. It would also be very nice projected...

Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

Do you work with children with a print disability, who need access to switch accessible early level Picture Books? Do you find it hard to find time to create new story resources using PowerPoint? Well, here's some good news....we've done it for you! For the past 6 years CA...

Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

I've been trying out the new MyGaze eye tracker from Inclusive Technology. Looks like it's going to be a very useful and affordable tool for therapy departments, schools and individual pupils, with the basic package of the eye tracker and EyeMouse Play software coming i...

Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

As well as now being able to download individual activities from CALL's Keep Talking book, there are now 'communication game choice boards' available to download for each section. These are made up from the symbols assigned to each activity within the book and can be found underneath...

Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

I was in a school yesterday assessing a pupil. He is working on book 1A from the TeeJay Maths scheme. His hand writing is poor and liable to get worse with time and as the amount of writing he has to tackle increases throughout Secondary. I showed his teacher the Books For All database and sh...

Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

In a recent blog post, Gillian mentioned using PCS within the GoTalk Now app to create two communication activities 'Scavenger Hunt' and 'I went to the shops and I bought.' These and many more communication games can be found in CALL's 'Keep Talking' Book, availab...

Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

If you'd like to know more about the great FREE communication app SoundingBoard and how it can be used with pupils who have communication support needs, why not have a look at our recent webinar? It covers simple editing, using digital images on buttons, sharing resources and switch access fo...

Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted by Joanna Courtney

The shortlisted titles for this year's Scottish Children's Book Awards were announced on August 28th by the Scottish Book Trust. The Bookbug books are Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray, Robot Rumpus by Sean Taylor and Ross Collins and Lost for Words by Natalie Russell...