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Online Training on Text-based AAC Apps for iPads

by Gillian McNeill

on Mon Oct 12, 2020

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October is International AAC Awareness Month and CALL Scotland have another Professional Learning opportunity or you. If you are finding it a difficult to know what text-based communication apps on iPad to recommend and to whom? We can help. If you would you like an independent view on which apps to consider and information on their usability and key features? We can help.

On Thursday 29th October, 16.00 – 17.30 BST, we will be hosting our online learning workshop on Choosing and Using Text-based Communication Apps on iPad. This is for anyone supporting people with communication difficulties, whether a young person or adult, with basic literacy skills or more. Through reviewing and discussing a number of the key text-based communication apps available, we aim to help you choose and get started in using them. The cost of attending the workshop is £40.

What you will get:

  • 90 minutes of quality Professional Learning to improve the outcomes for your young people and adults with additional support needs
  • a recording of the 90 minutes training session which you can refer back to whenever you want (for personal use only)
  • an Open Badge to evidence your participation in the course
  • a Professional Learning digital certificate for uploading to your record of learning

The content will include:

  • the tools and resources to support assessment, selection and implementation of apps
  • a comparison of app features and which are essential and which are desirable

There will be a demonstration to include the following apps (all taken from the text-based communication apps in the CALL AAC iPad App Wheel):

  • apps with free versions and low cost apps - SayIt!, Jabberwocky AAC and Speech Assistant AAC
  • fully featured apps - Predictable and Proloquo4Text, Grid for iPad
  • alternative keyboards – Keedogo Plus and SuperKeys

This workshop will be of interest to those involved in supporting AAC:

  • Additional Support Needs staff including teachers, Pupil Support Assistants, and sensory impairment specialists
  • Speech and Language Therapy staff
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff
  • Support workers
  • Parents and family members

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Tags: aac, apps, professional learning, workshop

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