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Assistive Technologies to help autistic learners to access the curriculum


30th November, 2023 (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

£30 per individual.

60 minute Online Learning workshop.

Do you have access to devices in school but not quite sure how to get the most out of them for your autistic learners?

There are many assistive technologies that can be used to help autistic learners expand their communication, increase social interaction and to boost confidence and independence. In this online workshop, Shirley Lawson and Kirsteen Steven, both Assistive Technology and ASN Teachers on the CALL Scotland Team will bring together their expertise to demo and discuss how beneficial the introduction of assistive technologies can be for autistic learners.

Shirley and Kirsteen will demo assistive features and apps on the iPad that will help autistic learners engage with learning. They will discuss strategies that can be employed to ensure the device is used in a focussed, purposeful way which still gives the learner the opportunity to choose and direct their own learning. Kirsteen will present a real life case study example of Before and After using technology and will discuss how to evaluate outcomes.

This course was held on the 30th November, 2023 but you can still purchase a recording of the session.
You'll also receive all the resources that were sent out with the course.

What you will learn

  • How assistive technology can support educational activities for autistic learners
  • How and when to use symbol and text based communication apps for the iPad
  • How to create interactive timetables and visual schedules
  • How to create social stories using multi media (photos, videos, audio)
  • How to use Text-to-speech and speech-to-text to show evidence of learning
  • How to support turn taking and social interaction using assistive technologies

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Special School Staff
  • Teachers, Support for Learning Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants
  • Families

Meet your presenter(s)

Kirsteen Steven
Assistive Technology and Additional Support Needs Teacher

My day-to-day role includes the assessment and support of individual learners, development, promotion and delivery of professional learning, and creating website content. In my role of leading the Professional Learning Programme at CALL Scotland I will focus on ensuring that we continue to provide relevant and quality training on assistive technologies to colleagues working with children and young people with additional support needs and/or disabilities.

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