University of Edinburgh

Technology to support learning and teaching of pupils with complex sensory and learning disabilities

Presented on Thursday 14 January 2010


Computers and associated technologies have much to offer the child with complex learning difficulties caused by a combination of sensory, cognitive, physical and communication impairment. They can be rewarding to use, provide stimulating visual and auditory feedback and are fun. This course will look at a range of technologies including computer software and suggest ways in which children with complex needs can access the technology and be supported in its use. Experienced practitioners will show how they use ICT to support their learners. The session will be hands-on.

Outcomes for participants

  • awareness of a range of software and access devices
  • increased understanding to aid decision-making on appropriate use of available technologies, based on a pupil's sensory, communication, physical and cognitive skills
  • awareness of how technology might be integrated into IEPs and to see computer use as an integral part of the child’s learning situation.
  • familiarity with some of the direct and indirect uses of ICT in multisensory environments and how to apply these within individual pupils
  • knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of using computers
  • increased awareness of software that matches pupils' developing sensory skills

Target Audience: Teachers of VI children, classroom teachers and support staff who support children and young people with multiple disabilities, including MDVI, other professionals and parents.

Presenters: Sandra O'Neill,
Stuart Aitken,
Paul Nisbet, CALL Scotland