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Assistive Technology & Complex Needs: Theory and Practice

This 90-minute online learning workshop will explore how practitioners working with children and young people who have Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Autism and other Complex Needs, can use research-based evidence to develop their learning and teaching practices.

Participants will explore a number of tools, from assessment frameworks to curriculum materials and consider how they can be used to create high quality learning and teaching and communication experiences in the classroom.

The workshop will be led by CALL's Complex Needs Assistive Technology Development Officer Claire Harrison and Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Gillian McNeill. There will be opportunities for participation, discussion and asking questions.



3rd June 2021
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
per person
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

What you will learn

  • To understand how evidence-based practices can enhance teaching and learning
  • To explore relevant assessment frameworks and curriculum materials and toolkits.
  • How to further develop your Professional Learning using online tools and resources

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • ASN Teachers, Support for Learning Teachers
  • Special School Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants
  • Parents and family members.
  • Speech and Language Therapists

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.

Gillian McNeill
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Gillian’s specialism is in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, drawn from 25 years working within a regional AAC team in Fife, before joining CALL Scotland in 2011. Through this she has built experience from developing a multi-agency AAC partnership, carrying out assessments, implementing support services, delivering training and contributing to AAC projects. Having worked with people with complex communication support needs of all ages - children and adults - her key area of interest presently, is supporting pupils to access learning and communication, through technology.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Capacity: Maximum of 20 per workshop.
  • Equipment requirements: Either a Windows PC (or laptop), Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.
  • Weblink for online workshop: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.
  • Preparing for the Webinar: To try and ensure the webinar goes as smoothly as possible for you on the day, we've created a very simple 4 point preparation list that you may wish to follow.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.


Course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card.

Card payment: You will recieve an email after your booking from which will contain a payment link.

Invoice: All Authorities are no 'NO PO, NO PAY' so please make arrangements to provide CALL Scotland with a Purchase Order Number from your local authority or school finance system. We will raise an invoice which will be sent directly to your Finance Office.

NB: We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).