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Choosing and Using Text-based AAC Communication Apps on iPad

Symbol based AAC apps are used by young people and adults with communication and literacy difficulties to communicate, to make choices and to build language skills. There are a wide range of different apps on the market, each with different features and options for personalisation and it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose.

This 90-minute online learning workshop will be led by Joanna Courtney, one of CALL Scotland's specialist Speech and Language Therapists. The purpose of this interactive workshop will be to develop knowledge and skills in app selection and use of these apps. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and you can try out activities on your own iPad during the session.



8th October 2020
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
per person
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

What you will learn

  • To analyse the range of symbol-based communication apps on the newly updated CALL Scotland AAC App wheel from low cost apps with basic features to higher cost fully featured apps.
  • To demonstrate how symbol-based communication apps can be implemented and to discuss which features are essential and which are desirable.
  • To explore symbol layout and personalisation options, different voices, alternative access, including different keyboard options.
  • To identify tools and resources to support assessment, selection and implementation of apps.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • 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 member.

Meet your presenter(s)

Joanna Courtney
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 18 years' experience of working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, spending her first 7 years working in a Special School. She has an Honours degree (BSc) in Speech and Language Pathology from Queen Margaret University and her particular area of interest is enabling peer interaction and group opportunities for people who use AAC.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Capacity: Maximum of 20 per workshop.
  • Equipment requirements: Either a Windows PC (or laptop), Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.
  • Weblink for online workshop: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.
  • Preparing for the Webinar: To try and ensure the webinar goes as smoothly as possible for you on the day, we've created a very simple 4 point preparation list that you may wish to follow.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.


Course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card.

Card payment: You will recieve an email after your booking from which will contain a payment link.

Invoice: All Authorities are no 'NO PO, NO PAY' so please make arrangements to provide CALL Scotland with a Purchase Order Number from your local authority or school finance system. We will raise an invoice which will be sent directly to your Finance Office.

NB: We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).