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How Technology Can Help Your Dyslexic Child

The use of technology can enable a learner with dyslexia to fully access the curriculum independently, to raise attainment and to increase self esteem and confidence.

We encourage parents to attend this half day course with their children and learn together! We will look at different types of hardware, software, apps and extensions that will support reading, writing, spelling, grammar, organisation and visual stress. Parents will gain a greater understanding of what is possible and know how to best to support their child. Everyone will get the chance to have hands on practice with both Windows laptops and iPads and get first hand experience of what tools exist to make life easier for those with literacy difficulties.

We will explore text to speech, speech recognition, predictive text, colour overlays, spellchecking, typing feedback, organisational apps and software as well as multi media apps using images, video and audio to showcase learning and for revision purposes.

The cost of this course will be £40 per adult and £20 for an accompanying child. (Maximum of 2 children per adult).

The booking system is not able to deal with separate rates so please book the number of places you require and email Your payment will be modified at this stage to reflect the number of adults and children you are booking for. Many thanks.



4th June 2020
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To acquire the technological skills to be able to use a device to address literacy difficulties
  • To demonstrate how the assistive features of a laptop or an iPad can help someone with literacy difficulties work independently
  • To establish which educational apps are effective for someone with dyslexia and to create bespoke activities
  • To plan implementation of technology at school and at home to support pupils with dyslexia

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Parents of school age children with dyslexia
  • School age children with dyslexia
  • Dyslexia tutors / Anyone supporting someone with dyslexia
  • Class teachers, Support for Learning teachers, Pupil Support Assistants

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.