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Expressive Arts/Creativity & Complex Needs

This online learning workshop will show how we can use technology to support inclusive art, music & drama experiences for learners with Complex Needs.

Participants will explore practical ideas and tools using creative ways of adapting and innovating in order to make the Expressive Arts more accessible. Through live demos participants will find out about options for Windows software, iPad apps and other specialist and mainstream tools and how to use them effectively to create accessible and inclusive music, art and drama activities. As well as highlighting useful information, resources and websites we will explore 'no tech' practical materials as well as switch and eye gaze accessible resources.



24th February 2022
University of Edinburgh

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

What you will learn

  • Digital tools for creating art, music and drama
  • Ideas for adapting low tech/no tech resources
  • Links to free/low cost software and resources
  • How to create eye gaze and switch accessible creative activities
  • Strategies for embedding communication into creative activities.

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • ASN and Class Teachers
  • NQTs and ITE and PG students,
  • Pupil Support Assistants
  • Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners

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).