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Technology to Support Dyslexia and Dyscalculia (Secondary School Age Students)

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 support secondary school age students who have dyslexia (or literacy difficulties to some extent) and also dyscalculia. The focus will be on hardware, software and apps that can support and consolidate learning and to make reading, writing and organisation easier. We will explore the use of digital exam papers and assistive technology as well as the use of audio and speech recognition to help students work and study effectively and independently.



30th 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 literacy and numeracy apps and software
  • To demonstrate the ability to effectively introduce and use technology to support learning for someone with both literacy and numeracy difficulties in secondary school
  • To identify what assistive technologies can be used in exams and assessments

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Class teachers, Support for Learning teachers and Pupil Support Assistants in Secondary 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.