Tags (Top 20)
Blogs have been "tagged" with keywords:
- AAC (85)
- iPad (49)
- dyslexia (46)
- Books for All (45)
- communication aid (36)
- Literacy (29)
- accessible formats (27)
- visual impairment (27)
- accessibility (25)
- text_to_speech (23)
- Apps (22)
- symbols (19)
- print disability (18)
- additional_support_needs (17)
- software (16)
- text-to-speech (16)
- additional support needs (16)
- digital exams (15)
- assistive_technology (14)
- assistive technology (13)
Search results for the Tag keyword: switches
By Paul Nisbet on Thursday 22nd March, 2012 at 10:00am
Share or bookmark this post:
By Sally Millar on Monday 27th February, 2012 at 1:09pm
There is no real shortage of switch accessible software for those children with complex additional support needs - whether due to physical difficulties or learning difficulties – who are unable to use a traditional keyboard and mouse. But do we choose, introduce, teach and use the right software in the right way, at the right time, to suit each highly individual child, and to help them develop their skills and progress towards their full potential?
Maybe not. Sadly, we can still often see a child sitting in school, year–in-year-out with the same software, “practising his switch”. If it hasnt worked by now, we should be looking at how WE have set up the task, not blaming it all on the child! What are we missing? How could we do things differently?
These days, more and more software at the early years and complex learning difficulty level is designed only for mouse and/ or touch screen use. But many learners cannot use this effectively either. We see children in school batting ineffectually with their hands at a screen. On assessment, they often have cause and effect understanding long established but have not been able to move on from single hit software, because of access & control issues. Switch access might reduce the physical demand and let the child move on to tasks more suited to his / her cognitive abilities.
This CALL course on 8th March 2012 aims to unpick these issues and will provide insights and, ideas, tools and resources to help us to do a better job with these learners. We are very lucky to have secured the time of the famous Ian Bean to lead this course, in CALL. Ian is the author of the much-loved Priory Woods switch music videos, and is now working as an independent consultant. Ian is not a product salesman but an experienced teacher of children with profound & multiple / or severe and complex additional support needs. He is the author of the Switch Progression Roadmap, and a highly recommended trainer. CALL provides laptops so that everyone can have plenty hands-on, with expert support if needed.
Lastly, there are iPads. Everyone seems to want to use them, in spite of their high distractability factor, and regardless of whether particular children can control them effectively or not! There are many low-cost fun Apps for learners at a sensory / cause and effect level. There are a very few scanning (Bluetooth) switch operated communication Apps. We will look at these on the course (though not in huge detail as this is not the CALL course on iPads, thats later in the year).
Do please take the time to look up the full blurb about this course. There are still places available and you will get a lovely lunch and a goody-bag of resources put together by both Ian Bean and CALL. Phone 0131 651 6236 or book online here.
Share or bookmark this post:
By Sally Millar on Monday 28th November, 2011 at 11:38am
At this time of year, therapists and teachers often get asked by parents and grandparents for ideas about toys, gadgets or software that might make a suitable Christmas present for their family member who has access or communication support needs.
Without wanting to promote one supplier above any others, and with no commercial interest, we note that Liberator Ltd. has recently added some nice switch toys to their range, is selling a switch operated digital camera cheaper than some competitors, and also has just opened their 'Christmas Store' with a range of toys, switches and low tech communication aids, many at special 'Sale' prices.
For professional use, I liked the 3 for 2 low tech communication books