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Communication and Learning Activities for Pupils with Complex Needs

Do you find it difficult to know how and when to use technology with your class of Complex Needs learners? This workshop will provide practical options and highlight tools and frameworks which will help you to create engaging and motivating learning and communication opportunities.

Participants will have the opportunity to find out about free and paid for software, Apps and tools to create bespoke learning and communication materials for pupils with Complex Needs. We will also signpost useful resources, information and websites.

This workshop will explore how we can use Educational Frameworks to structure motivating and meaningful communication and learning opportunities throughout the school day. The materials and activities demonstrated will be useful whether your learners use switches, eye gaze or touch access. The content will include activities for younger and older learners, and include options for environmental control.

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



23rd September 2021
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • Explore simple tools for designing and creating learning activities.
  • Using education frameworks, consider how to use technology to engage learners with complex needs.
  • Learn how to create activities suitable for learners with a range of access methods.
  • Find out about options for Environmental Control.
  • Know where to find information, resources and further Professional Learning opportunities.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Primary ASN Staff
  • Secondary ASN Staff
  • Special School Staff
  • ITE and PG students, NQTs
  • Parents/Families
  • Speech and Language Therapists

Meet your presenter(s)

Claire Harrison
Assistive Technology and Complex Needs Officer

Claire has over 15 years teaching experience in the classroom as a teacher of children and young people with complex needs. Claire joined the CALL team in 2017 as a development officer for assistive technology and complex additional support needs. She is particularly interested in the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills for learners with complex needs.

Joanna Courtney
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 18 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 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).