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Raising Attainment for Dyscalculic Learners (Primary)

Developmental Dyscalculia (DD) is a specific learning disorder that is characterised by impairments in learning basic arithmetic fact, processing numerical magnitude and performing accurate calculations. Key problem areas include: counting backwards; estimation; mental arithmetic skills and recalling numerical facts.

On this course, we will focus on how the use of assistive technology, in conjunction with good teaching strategies, can be used to support primary age children who have dyscalculia. Using online resources, inbuilt features of devices, numeracy apps and software we will show how technology can be used in a motivating and engaging way to learn transferable mathematical skills.



15th November 2018
University of Edinburgh

Half-day course
(9:30am - 12:30pm)

What you will learn

  • To recognise the elements of dyscalculia that can be supported with assistive technology
  • To review and evaluate selected early numeracy apps and software
  • To plan the use of technology alongside practical activities with concrete materials
  • To demonstrate the ability to effectively introduce and use technology to support learning
  • To challenge the use of technology in your school and think creatively about adopting new practices

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Class teachers in Primary Schools
  • Support for Learning teachers and Additional Support Needs staff in Primary Schools
  • Tutors, parents and other family members
  • Parents and other family members

Meet your presenter(s)

Shirley Lawson
Assistive Technology and ASN Officer

I bring my teaching experience into my role at CALL as Development Officer for Assistive Technologies and Additional Support Needs. I lead the CALL Scotland Professional Learning and am focussing on providing a programme of relevant, quality assistive technology training to those working with children and young people with additional support needs and / or disabilities.

About the day

  • Duration: 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Registration: Room 1.20, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
  • Refreshments: Tea, coffee and water will be available throughout.