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IPads and Communication-fully Featured AAC Apps from Symbols to Text

This course focuses on iPads as communication devices. We will look at Apps that can serve as full expressive communication systems, including symbol-based grid Apps with synthetic speech and text-based Apps with phrase storage and prediction for literate users.

We will also explore simple communication Apps with photo/picture images and recorded speech, and to a lesser extent, review additional Apps that may help to assess and develop language and communication skills, using the CALL Scotland ‘Wheel of AAC Apps’ as a guiding structure.

We will discuss and compare features, usability, vocabularies available, backing up and sharing, access options, accessories etc. Plenty of hands-on time is allocated for exploring the Apps that might best suit the needs of your pupils/service users.

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What you'll learn on the training course

  • Awareness of the range of Apps
  • How to access sources of information about these
  • Knowledge of what to look for and how to choose different Apps
  • Practice in using and personalising a range of Apps
  • How to manage your iPad and Apps
  • Accessories, using images and personalising content, making backups, updating Apps.

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suited to:

  • ASN staff in all sectors of Education, including VI Specialists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • OTs
  • Social Care support workers
  • Parents.

Our trainers and equipment

CALL Scotland is a registered provider of CPD (PLfind) for all staff working within Curriculum for Excellence or with pupils with Additional Support Needs.

Our specialist trainers bring a tailor-made service to your school and will discuss your requirements fully beforehand.

We can provide a set of Windows laptops and iPads, or your equipment can be used, provided that all the appropriate software is installed.


Price guide

SLA: Service Level Agreement ( some Local Authorities have an SLA with CALL Scotland)

SLA Rate
(1 trainer)
Standard Rate
(1 trainer)
SLA rate
(2 trainers)
Standard Rate
(2 trainers)
2 Hours
£305 £360 £470 £580
Half Day
(3 hours)
£320 £390 £520 £615
Full day
(6 hours)
£520 £640 £850 £1035

Additional costs and travel.