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Supporting Learners with Complex Needs Using Technology

This course will explore how to use a range of technologies to motivate, engage, include and empower learners with complex needs. We will find out about tools to support decision making about access methods; switch, touch and eye gaze, exploring assessments and progression frameworks.

We will investigate free online teaching resources, software for PC's, simple communication supports, iPad apps and features discussing how they can support your learners.

During hands-on activities, participants will explore how to support learners in their use of assistive technology across the curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity to create online resources which they can take away and use with their learners.

The course will provide ideas and practical solutions for implementing Assistive Technologies in in a busy classroom with a range of learners who have different additional support needs.



12th March 2020
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To develop understanding of the 'what and why' of using Assistive Technology with learners who have complex needs through discussion and exploration of pedagogy, progression frameworks and assessment tools.
  • To consider the 'when and how' of using Assistive Technology as applied in a variety of classroom settings by exploring case studies and reflective practice.
  • To develop awareness of relevant software, hardware and apps through hands on activities.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Additional Support Needs staff in Education including VI Specialists and Teachers
  • Support for Learning staff, Pupil Support Assistants
  • Parents and carers of learners with complex learning needs.

Meet your presenter(s)

Claire Harrison
Assistive Technology and Complex Needs Officer

My role involves: assessment and support of individual learners and research and development projects.

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.