A3 sized PDF poster - revision 1.0, published 2014
A step-by-step guide in the form of a question and answer 'checklist' helping you to identify problems and suggesting a range of practical technology focused solutions to support pupils with writing difficulties.
An Introduction to AAC: Getting started with communication technology
Below is an accessible breakdown of the contents of the PDF poster, designed to be accessible with a screen reader, and also for people who find it hard to see or access the links in the poster.
Who could help?
What do writing difficulties arise from?
Poor writing is not because a pupil is lazy or stupid.
Staff who 'don't do computers' is not a valid reason for the pupil not using technology! Hand writing is a life skill - true - but the physical process must be separated from producing content - language and ideas. Pupils must be prepared for the future.
Is the pupil doing appropriate keyboarding tasks? Is copying or typing notes into a word processor really worthwhile? Touch typing is NOT feasible for some pupils so ‘keyboard familiarity' practice might be more useful.
If these options are ‘locked down' or the pupil is unable to customise their personal settings i.e. make reasonable adjustments, the school could be breaching disability discrimination legislation.
Supportive software can include:
If staff are not familiar with such software, training should be requested. Check local CLPL calendar: Contact CALL Scotland.
If the pupil can't use a keyboard consider other access methods.
Try to borrow to trial before buying, locally or from CALL Scotland (2 months only).
Establish or expand the Child's Plan as per LA procedures.