Month: October 2015

New Resource for Older Learners

It’s always a struggle to find age appropriate resources for students with severe and complex needs. Commercial software companies seem to default to making activities for primary school age students, where they believe they’ll find the biggest market for their products. Over the years, I’ve tried to buck this trend. I’ve made lots of activities Read More …

Free resources booklet

Finally got around to uploading our new, free resources PDF booklet to the web site. The 22 page booklet covers visual and symbol supports, computer skills, lesson plans and curriculum materials together with a collection of very useful web sites. Each resource is described together with a live link if you are reading the booklet Read More …

Huge collection of free printables

Here’s a fantastic collection of free printable games, flashcards and other activities you can use in your classroom or centre. The web site is aimed at speech therapy colleagues but there is so much here, I guarantee everyone will find something useful. Speech and Language Kids web site

Tidy Up Time – Mission Impossible

Here’s a lovely idea to help motivate your students to help tidy up the classroom after a lesson or at the end of the day. I’ve made a simple slideshow showing images of untidy classroom things and tidy classroom things. Share this with your students on the whiteboard. The activity will work with switch, touch, Read More …

Heronsdale Handwriting Book

Here’s a fantastic resource kindly shared by Heronsdale School. A very detailed guide to developing the fine motor skills needed for writing. Packed with practical examples which are differentiated to meet the needs of young people with severe and moderate learning difficulties, this document is a useful addition to any educator’s tool chest. Download the Read More …

Bye Bye Slideshow Maker

After hearing about the problems some colleagues have been facing when running the activities they have downloaded from my web site (need admin rights), I decided to move away from the open framework program I was using and write something new. All of my new ‘slideshow’ activities will be published in a new format which Read More …

Down on Jollity Farm

Spent the afternoon writing a simple musical slideshow program similar to those I created while teaching at Priory Woods. I’ve tried to make it as accessible as possible with options to use the program with a switch, touch-screen, mouse or eye gaze (with mouse control). You can download the program for Windows from our resources Read More …

Guided Access on the iPad: Step-by-Step

Finally found a few spare minutes to make a short video and write a step-by-step guide to using Guided Access on the iPad. This accessibility feature has improved so much since its release with IOS6 back in 2012. I especially like the in-built timer function which will help those students who may have difficulties with Read More …