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Mum's DIY approach creates 'SENspeller' app

Mum's DIY approach creates 'SENspeller' app

What if you can't find a suitable app for your child? Create your own, writes Sal McKeown
SENspeller The Autism Spelling App, created by mum Penny Vanderplank, is a new app for teaching the spelling of a basic vocabulary. It is aimed at young children and all the rewards – the 'well dones', the clapping and cheering – are recordings of children's voices which gives it a head start over many spelling programs.

It comes with ten topic lists: transport, family, animals, body, food, clothes, school, home, toys and colour. Because it is aimed at children with autism, SENspeller has simple black-and-white illustrations so there are no distractions. The child simply drags and drops the letters to build words.

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'Grant cuts will hurt disabled students' – BATA warning

'Grant cuts will hurt disabled students' – BATA warning

Willetts' cuts hit disabled students and may 'decimate' assistive technology industry, writes John Lamb
Sweeping changes to the disabled students allowances (DSAs) which cover ...

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Touch and pads open door to SEN ‘dream device’

Touch and pads open door to SEN ‘dream device’

'With iPads and other tablets we have the beginnings of the dream device,' says Martin Littler
iPads are the biggest “big idea” in special needs since the personal computer. I ...

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Ensuring kids are not barred from the Bard

Ensuring kids are not barred from the Bard

Success keeps on coming for 'SEN Assist'. John Galloway looks at the stories and explains why
They did it again. For the second year running the folk at SEN Assist received an Ed...

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Need a good conversation starter? Take it to the mats

Need a good conversation starter? Take it to the mats

There are lots of ways to start communication. 'Talking Mats' is a good one, says Sal McKeown 
Last week at Communication Matters , the annual conference for augmentative an...

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