Making a referral to ICT ASL Service

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Falkirk Council Children’s Services employees can make a referral to the ICT ASL Service.

Should the referral be successful then you will be issued with the appropriate resources, based on an analysis of need and best fit.

In addition to assessing referrals, the ICT ASL Service can carry out the following:

  • Consultation/school visit with David Wells (ASL – ICT Adviser);
  • Training for staff and pupils through CPD Manager;
  • Request for the creation of specific e-training materials;
  • Follow up visits to assess further in context;
  • Research of current ICT ASL developments.

A referral to ICT ASL Service should take the form of:

  1. Coversheet
  2. Child’s Plan Form 4
  3. Child’s Plan Form 6

Prior to making a referral to the ICT ASL Service you should read the Procedure Update below:

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Each referral must be emailed to IAS@falkirk.gov.uk following the guidance in the policy update.

ICT Referral Cover Sheet – PDF

ICT Referral Cover Sheet – MS Word File

 

Additional Support for Learning Outreach Team Information

The Additional Support for Learning Outreach Team is based at Camelon Education Centre.

They provide support for the following:

  • Specific learning Differences;
  • Bilingual and Traveller Pupil Support Service;
  • Inclusion Support;
  • Hospital Education;
  • Pre School Support;
  • Interrupted Learners Service.

You can access their information pages here: ASLOT Information Page

The service is currently led by Lyn McLafferty (Individual and Additional Support Team Manager)

Contact with the Team can be made by calling 01324 501976 and asking for the required service.

Supporting Literacy in the Classroom

Louise Amos, (ASLOT Teacher) and I, David Wells (ASL Advisor – ICT) were recently asked to provide training for the Larbert Cluster in regard to literacy support in the classroom.  Louise and I collaborated to bring together information about the challenges that our young people face alongside the strategies that will support them, whether teaching strategies or digital supports.

I have attached our presentation for you to access at any time. 🙂

In addition to this Louise and I hope to deliver this to an open audience inn the near future.

Be sure to check CPD Manager for further details.

Click here for the presentation!

Doorway Online

 

Doorway Online is a collection of free learning activities originally developed with funding from Scottish Borders Council. It is now managed by the Doorway Accessible Software Trust, a Scottish charity. The suite comprises highly accessible educational activities that learners will find easy to use independently. Each exercise has a range of accessibility and difficulty options.

Falkirk Council schools have free access to this resources online and it was previously issued in CD form to each primary school.

It can be accessed here: Doorway Online 🙂

BOOKS for ALL

Books for All provides books in accessible formats for pupils in Scotland who have difficulty with ordinary printed text, including those with dyslexia, who have a physical disability or who are blind or partially sighted.

You can access the page here BOOKSforALL.

You can log in with your Glow credentials 🙂

If you are unsure of your Glow credentials then please contact your Glow Coordinator in school.

Accessing/Using Work Talk in Falkirk Council

WordTalk was conceived and developed by Rod Macaulay of TASSC in Aberdeen, Scotland who later received a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award for its development.

For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful.

It is also useful for proof reading and learning another language.

Features

  •  Speaks entire document, paragraph or word;
  •  Highlights the text as it goes;
  •  Talking dictionary;
  •  Adjust the word highlight colours;
  •  Change the voice and the speed;
  •  Convert text to speech (wav or mp3).

 

A helpsheet for Falkirk Council staff is available here: Enable WordTalk

Child’s Plan Forms

girfec-logo-29_09_15The Child’s Plan (previously known as the Integrated Assessment Framework – IAF) is a tool that has been developed for practitioners to assist in assessment and planning to meet children and young people’s needs.

Based on the GIRFEC national practice model, The Child’s Plan is based on improving outcomes for children and young people, embedding the principles of GIRFEC in service delivery and planning.

These forms can be accessed through the practitioners page:

Child’s Plan Forms (Updated October 2015)

ICT ASL Service Replacement

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Whilst practitioners should do everything in their power to mitigate damage to equipment issued by the ICT ASL Service, there are occasions where a replacement is required.

Do you have a piece of equipment that is no longer performing as it should? Has it been damaged?

Where a like-for-like replacement is required, there is no need to re-refer through IAS.  You should complete the form below and email this to david.wells@falkirk.gov.uk

ICT ASL Service Replacement Form

Should you have any queries regarding this then please get in touch.  Find David Wells on the Directory!

Clicker 7 Costing

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Clicker 7 is issued on all netbook devices issued through the ICT ASL Service.  In addition to this, every secondary school in Falkirk Council has a 5 User License.  This is recently issued and is being reviewed regularly.

All FC primary schools have a single license of Clicker 6 and this can be used to gain a discount on the purchase of Clicker 7.clicker7_1000_1000__43084

Information about the prices for new purchases and upgrade discount prices can be found here!

Nessy

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In Falkirk Council we are using Nessy UK to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of those children requiring additional support as a result of a specific learning difference.

Nessy is available as a subscription service (fee payable) and can be used at home to support your child’s learning.

Nessy is also available for a 30 Day Free Trial.

Click here to visit the webpage!

Inclusive Online Professional Development Webinars

helpkidzlearn-logoThis Webinar gives an excellent overview of assessment of children with complex needs.

Insight – A new approach to the Assessment of Children with Complex Needs

Today (1/12/2016) at 1530!

Click here to access the Webinar

If you can’t attend today, they archive them so you can watch them later. Archived Webinars from Inclusive Technology

Duration: 60 Min

Overview

Today in special education we have high aspirations for all our students, including those with the most complex needs. We understand the importance of robust assessment in helping identify barriers to learning, in evaluating teaching effectiveness and in raising achievements and standards.

Many will recognise the inadequacies of current assessment provision for students working below the standard of national curriculum tests (or core standards), particularly those not engaged in subject based learning.

This webinar will describe the current issues facing students with complex needs and their educators, from our own research and that of others.

We will detail the background, theory and structure of Insight – a tool built to bring a revolutionary approach to the assessment of children with complex needs.

In this webinar we will show you videos and real case studies to demonstrate:

  • A wealth of engaging activities focusing on early development in vision and cognition, the foundations for further learning.
  • Specific learning goals and accurate, objective measurement and analysis of skills.
  • Meaningful reports to support evidence of attainment and progress over time.

Aimed at:  All professionals working in special education and specifically those working with students with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define 7 current areas of need for students with complex needs and their educators.
  2. Participants will be able to define 2 main innovative technologies used to deliver a new approach to assessment.
  3. Participants will be able to state 8 key learning goals for early development.
  4. Participants will be able to define 4 functional vision skills and how to measure them.
  5. Participants will be able to state 10 unique types of behaviour analysis given in insight’s reports.

Speaker

Sandra Thistlethwaite – Product Development Director, Inclusive Technology

Sandra is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who started her career working for the NHS over 25 years ago. She has worked mainly with children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities and went on to become an AT/AAC assessment and training consultant for the ACE Centre, a national charity for people with complex communication and access needs. Sandra joined Inclusive Technology in 2007 to help form the Information, Training and Consultancy teams and is now Director of Product Development. She has been involved in the creation and development of many of IT’s more recent products, including the concept and design for Eye Gaze Foundations and the Eye Gaze Learning Curve software series.

Support through CALL Scotland

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CALL Scotland help children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning.  As part of this service, which Falkirk Council subscribe to, they provide a number of resources publicly.  They are excellent resources and can be displayed in your classroom or accessed when needed as a reference.

To find these resources click on the direct link below:

CALL Downloads

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Clicker 7 Training

APPLY THROUGH CPD MANAGER

17th January 2017 1600 – 1800

Course Id: 52987   Course Ref: DW001
Target Audience: Open to Support for Learning Teachers or Support Staff in Primary or Secondary Schools.
Number of CPD Hours: 2.00
Maximum Participants: 30
Sector(s): Primary, Secondary, Special

Learning Intentions: Provide an overview of Clicker 7.
Signpost staff to online supports that are available.
Open ready made Clicker sets within Learning Grids.
Explore ready made Clicker 7 Sets that can be used in schools.
Demonstrate ways to personalised pupil activities within Clicker 7.
Demonstrate uses of voice notes and visual planning tools within Clicker 7.
Success Criteria: Opportunity to discuss how Clicker 7 could be used to support learners within their own context.
Opportunity to navigate clicker menus and Grid Sets.
Be able to save and edit Grid Sets.
Be able to use ready made Grid Sets.
Be able to access Clicker 7 online support.
Be able to create learning tasks using planning tools and voice notes.

Go Talk 9+ and Books for All.

A number of Enhanced Provisions are using Go Talk devices to aid communication.

CALL has also created a pack of symbolised resources which can be used with pupils with Additional Support Needs and those with communication difficulties. These include Go Talk 9+ overlays or printable symbol boards to go with each story, for general shared reading and for voting for the winner! There are also vocabulary sheets to go with each board to help with recording the messages.

For more details go to http://www.callscotland.org.uk/blog/scottish-childrens-book-awards

Supporting Learners in Falkirk Council Children's Services

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