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Session Information

1:30 - 2:10pm (room 1, 2 & 3)

Room 1: A Beginner's Guide to Using the Core Kit to Support Communication and Learning

Presenter(s): Kirsten McShane, Langlands Primary School

Suitable for: Primary, Special Schools, ASN bases

Kirsten McShane has been teaching for 12 years. She started her career in a complex learning needs secondary school before moving to mainstream primary for 5 years. For the past 4 years, She has been a classroom teacher in complex learning needs primary schools and am currently acting PT. She has taught pupils with a variety of barriers to learning and have a special interest in how AAC can improve the learning experience of those with communication difficulties.

Are you new to teaching core words? Do you teach pupils with complex additional support needs and aren’t sure where to start? Are you interested in learning how AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) can help your learners get more out of life? I can help! I will talk you through how I used CALL Scotland’s free-to-borrow Core Word kit and how it has changed my teaching practice and the classroom experience for my pupils for the better. 

Room 2: Addressing challenges to improve literacy and reading skills

Presenter(s): Ceri Jones, Giglets Education

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

Join Ceri Jones, Head of Education Engagement at Giglets Education and a former Head Teacher with over 20 years' teaching experience, as he shares insights into how teachers and schools can address the challenges faced by all learners, including those with Additional Support Needs, in building literacy and reading skills, as well as in developing a love of reading. Ceri will explore the positive impact and wide-ranging potential that digital tools, including Giglets, can have in creating an accessible and engaging learning environment, supporting all pupils and in raising attainment. 

Room 3: Sensory Readable reading assistant - a fresh text to speech alternative to support students, workplace and in examinations

Presenter(s): Dave Stevens, Sensory App House

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE

Text-to-speech technology converts written text into spoken words, offering an alternative method of accessing information for people with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. This improves reading comprehension by allowing a focus on understanding the content rather than struggling with decoding individual words. It can help reading fluency through new synchronised visual highlighting in the Microsoft apps such as Word, Edge browser, Outlook and more. 

Sensory Readable for Windows takes text-to-speech support to the next level.