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Creating a Communication Friendly Environment

On this half day course, our specialist Speech and Language Therapist team members will explore how CALL Scotland's 'Symbols for All' resources can help your School/Nursery to create an inclusive & accessible environment for all learners. Participants will learn about recommended guidelines on how to make the curriculum accessible, be given advice on how to logistically implement the suggested ideas and to see best practice examples from schools and nurseries across Scotland.

Participants will also take part in a hands-on workshop, which will give them the opportunity to create their own resources using selected software/iPad apps.



26th March 2020
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To compare the key features and benefits of a Communication Friendly Environment and how it can contribute to raising pupil attainment across the curriculum.
  • To explore the materials on CALL Scotland's 'Symbols for All' website and learn how they can be used to support all learners, including pupils with a print disability, due to physical, visual, reading, dyslexic or communication difficulties.
  • To formulate an implementation plan for creating a Communication Friendly Environment within your setting, learning from examples of best practice from across Scotland.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Class teachers, Support for Learning Teachers
  • Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants
  • Pupil Support Assistants
  • Anyone working with a student with an Additional Support Need
  • Parent/ Carers

Meet your presenter(s)

Joanna Courtney
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 11 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 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.