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Making the Transition from Paper Based Symbol Resources to Interactive Teaching Resources: A school's experience

Session 
2.6c
Educational
  • Laila Emms
  • Kerry Vacara
Summary

Selworthy Special School in Somerset, like many others, is a school where paper based symbol resources are used to support the very special needs of their learners. A variety of resources are already in use at the school and the benefits of visual timetables, schedules, social stories etc to support teaching and learning is clear, but it is entirely paper-based. As an ICT award winning school, Selworthy was keen to investigate whether the use of an interactive symbol software programme would have a positive impact on engagement, communication and learning.
     
Selworthy School introduced Boardmaker Studio in April 2011with the aim of improving social interaction and communication. This session will detail the initial work undertaken in choosing the software and trialling it within the classroom setting.

Level of Session 
4
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Primary school
Secondary school transition
Special