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Technology to Support Dyslexia and Dyscalculia ( Primary Age Pupils)

It is quite common for pupils with dyslexia to have co-occurring difficulties such as dyscalculia, a specific difficulty in processing numerical concepts and mastering basic numeracy skills.

On this half day 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 dyslexia (or literacy difficulties to some extent) and also dyscalcuia. The focus will be on hardware, software and apps that can support and consolidate learning, to make reading, writing and organisation easier and to boost the confidence of a primary pupil who is faced with a curriculum based on literacy and numeracy that seems inaccessible.



23rd January 2020
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To recognise the elements of dyslexia and dyscalculia that can be supported with assistive technology
  • To review and evaluate selected early literacy and 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 for someone with both literacy and numeracy difficulties
  • 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, Support for Learning teachers and Pupil Support Assistants in Primary Schools
  • Tutors, parents and other family members
  • Anyone with an interest in how technology can support a child with literacy and numeracy difficulties

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.