Blog Posts tagged: additional support needs

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Journeys with Julia: Interdisciplinary Learning at Castleview School

Castleview School in Stirling were our Schools Champions for Julia Donaldson's recent Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour. Inspired by Julia's books, the classes explored the theme of 'Journeys' through fantastic, cross-curricular projects!

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What Makes a Good Children's Book App?

There is sometimes a misconception that screen time is bad for our children's development as readers. But the argument shouldn't be about the amount of screen time - it should be about the quality of the experience children and parents have when reading a book app. In this blog post, Bev Humphrey outlines her criteria for a quality digital reading experience.

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Strategies and Tools for Pupils with Additional Support Needs

Pupils with additional support needs can benefit from a range of different strategies, depending on their particular requirements. In this blog post, Shirley Lawson of CALL Scotland outlines some fantastic strategies, texts and tools that can help pupils with ADHD, dyslexia and autism.

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Bookbug Detective: Books for Visually Impaired Children

Bookbug Detective recommends some great books for blind or visually impaired children.

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Taking part in the #Bookbug Prize in Additional Support Needs Settings

It's not too late to register your pupils to vote for the country's favourite picture book in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize! This fantastic project is a great way to build a lifelong love of reading, and in this blog post, Siobhan Fraser of the Mary Russell School tells us how she used the prize to help pupils with additional support needs.

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Winning Strategies for Developing Pupils' Reading Comprehension Skills

Di Hatchett and Gill Jordan helped to create Project X Comprehension Express, a new programme from Oxford University Press that supports teachers to develop pupils' reading comprehension skills. In this post, we ask Di and Gill about what factors contribute to comprehension, and how teachers can support pupils who are struggling to understand what they read.

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How to improve the readability of PDFs for Additional Support Needs

Adobe Acrobat Reader has many free features which can make digital books more accessible. In this blog post, Craig Mill of CALL Scotland gives a walk through of some of the handiest features.

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CALL Scotland: Our Services for Learners with Additional Support Needs

Looking to find out more about using technology to support pupils with communication difficulties? CALL Scotland are the leading experts in the country, providing a range of services including training and equipment loans. CALL's Allan Wilson tells us more in this blog post.

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Bookbug for All: Communication-Friendly Bookbug Sessions at Wishaw Library

Find out how Joanne Gibson, a Speech and Language Therapist, and Gillian Hunt from Culture NL Libraries worked together to develop a pilot of Communication-Friendly Bookbug Sessions in North Lanarkshire.

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Help Pupils with Additional Support Needs Take Part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize

Taking part in the Bookbug Picture Book Prize and/or the Scottish Teenage Book Prize is a fantastic way to encourage your pupils to become lifelong readers! To help pupils with ASN read and discuss the shortlisted books, CALL Scotland produce fabulous resources every year. Find out more about these resources in this blog post.

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