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Session Information

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

Room 1: Widgit symbols to support teaching and learning

Presenter(s): Sally Wells and Rebecca Lynch, Widgit

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

Widgit Symbols enhance access to learning by reinforcing new vocabulary, providing choices, encouraging attention, improving behaviour, creating faster academic progress as well as, increasing confidence and independence.  Over the past 40 years, Widgit has developed a very large and widely recognised symbol set (over 20,000 symbols) which is used globally.  The symbols support teaching and learning throughout the primary and secondary curriculum to ensure that children can access and understand lessons.
In this workshop, Sally and Rebecca will show participants a range of easy to use, pre-formatted templates and demonstrate how personalised resources can be created, modified and shared using Widgit Online.  They will be selecting a sample of the templates (word mats, aided language boards, colourful semantics charts, self-regulation charts among others) and demonstrating how easy it is to populate and personalise the content (including the use of photographs or web images).

They will also demonstrate how simple it is to create symbolised Social Stories, differentiated text and cloze comprehension activities using the symbolised word processor and then show how to save, print and share!

Room 2: Setting up an AAC Toolbox for Learners with Communication Support Needs

Presenter(s): Gillian McNeill (Specialist Speech and Language Therapist), CALL Scotland

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

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a practical guide for setting up an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) toolbox in your classroom or school, for learners with communication support needs. 

Gillian will provide examples of digital resources for including in your toolbox, such as simple single, stepped and multi-message talkers, and iPads with starter communication apps, as well as examples of different printed symbol resources. She will consider options for alternative access methods when pointing or touch control is difficult and tools for supporting language and literacy for communication. Links will be provided to CALL Scotland and other useful resources, and sources for purchasing equipment. 

This workshop is particularly suited to education staff supporting children and young people in a school setting with communication support needs, arising from conditions such as ASD, learning disability, cerebral palsy and other sensory, genetic and physical disabilities. It may also be useful for health professionals, and social care and voluntary sector staff working within other provisions.

Room 3: Still to be confirmed

Presenter(s): Still to be confirmed

Suitable for: Primary, Secondary, FE & HE

Still to be confirmed.