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Session Information

12:20 - 1:00pm (room 1, 2 & 3)

Room 1: Integrating interests into AAC and everyday learning

Presenter(s): Ceanna MacGregor, AAC Specialist Teacher, CALL Scotland

Suitable for: Primary & Secondary, Special Schools, ASN bases

Tapping into a child's passions can be a game-changer! Including interests in activities can increase engagement, promote communication and enhance learning.
When it's something we like, we are more motivated to communicate. When there is motivation to communicate, it can be a good time to develop skills. These moments allow us to model language to demonstrate the power of AAC and can help spark curiosity and engagement in AAC systems.
In this session we will explore some examples and strategies to identify and incorporate interests into AAC and daily interactions.

Room 2: Scanning Pens and the impact

Presenter(s): Katie Mayers, Scanning Pens

Suitable for: Primary & Secondary, FE & HE, Special Schools, ASN bases

Katie will be talking about the two main devices Scanning Pens have to support schools, Reader 2 and Exam Reader 2. They are text-to -speech devices proven to increase reading and comprehension by 10 months in just 8 weeks of use and are already supporting thousands of schools across the UK.

Room 3: Communication-Rich Responsive Environments for People with Complex Needs

Presenter(s): Lee Blemings, Sensory Guru

Suitable for: Primary & Secondary, Special Schools, ASN bases

In this workshop, we will delve into the creation and utilisation of communication-rich environments tailored for individuals with complex needs. We will explore technological strategies and techniques to enhance responsiveness and engagement, ensuring that these environments are adaptable and inclusive. Participants will learn how to effectively integrate sensory elements, assistive technology, and personalised approaches to foster better communication and support for their clients.

This virtual session will involve live demonstrations from our Sensory Learning Lab, case studies, and collaborative discussions, providing practical tools and insights for immediate application in therapeutic settings.