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How to Effectively Support Autistic Learners Using Technology

In this workshop, Shirley will highlight and demonstrate how technology can be used to provide the support and structure that is important to some autistic children and young people to allow them to feel secure and ready to access the curriculum. 

 We will explore CALL Scotland’s ‘iPad apps for learners with Complex Additional Support Needs’ and Shirley will demonstrate specific apps that can support literacy activities, making choices, reducing anxiety and for communication. 

 The content of this session will be created by the CALL Scotland team who have the expertise of assistive technology in conjunction with teachers of autistic learners who have the day- to- day experience of using technology in a classroom setting.  We will focus on the categories that appear in the technology section of the Autism Toolbox:  Communication, literacy, numeracy, eBooks and Digital Learning and Visual Supports.



2nd September 2021
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • To understand how assistive technology can support autistic learners to engage with their education.
  • To explore a range of symbol based apps on the iPad which can help to reduce anxiety.
  • To create visual timetables and social stories which incorporate audio, photos and video.
  • To understand how technology can support reading, writing, spelling and organisation.
  • To explore digital and audio books and where to source them.
  • Know where to find information, resources and further Professional Learning opportunities.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Additional Support Needs staff in all sectors of Education including VI Specialists and class teachers, particularly those who are new to technology or would like a refresh on what is available.
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff.
  • Support Workers including respite care staff.
  • Parents and other family members.
  • Support Workers.

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 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).