Author: Ian Bean

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 …

Adapting the Hungry Caterpillar book for children with VI

To complement the fine motor sequencing activities with the Hungry Caterpillar book (see previous blog post), here’s a blog page with some super activity ideas for children who are blind or have low vision. Hungry Caterpillar adapted for low vision Bookmark the site as they post some really useful and very practical ideas.

New SEN ICT courses announced

I’ve just posted details of the first in our series of ‘Every Moment Matters’ ICT courses for colleagues involved in the education of people with severe, profound and complex needs. This course entitled ‘Interacting with the world through ICT’ covers a range of technologies and teaching strategies that will be useful to colleagues new to Read More …

Teaching Framework for severe and complex needs

Here’s a really useful free PDF document from South Lanarkshire. This framework for supporting pupils with severe and profound needs¬†discuss approaches to learning and to identifying possible targets and outcomes while offering many practical suggestions. Lots of links to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence but easily adaptable for any school. Highly recommended. Framework for Supporting Read More …