Music Therapy event Thursday 6th March

ELJAM Music Programme (2)

Music Therapy Continuing Forward – Thursday 6th March 4.15pm – 6pm, The Red School Prestonpans

You are warmly invited to attend an informative event about music therapy services currently available for children in East Lothian.

Find out more about the value of this specialist approach through case examples and a discussion of music therapy in educational settings.   You will have the opportunity to take part in an active music-making workshop to experience the power of music!

Music therapy is currently available in eight schools throughout East Lothian, and provides opportunities for communication, expression, and emotional and social wellbeing.  Particularly for children who are struggling in education, music therapy can provide insight into a child’s abilities and needs; and also provide support to help a child succeed.

Since 2011, the East Lothian Music Therapy Steering Group has worked to promote music therapy services for children in a variety of educational and community settings.   Following a report published in 2012, the Steering Group continues to raise awareness of the benefits of music therapy and to promote access to services throughout East Lothian.  In addition, the Group is interested in exploring collaborative funding opportunities to help support current and future music therapy provision.

RSVP to Lori Tragheim, Community Development Officer at the Red School by Thursday 27th February on ltragheim@eastlothian.gov.uk.

Family Fun Technology Day 26th April

Run by specialist staff (CALL, FAACT, KEYCOMM, SCTCI, TASSCC and others) and funded by Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, the day is a chance for families of children with additional support needs to try out and learn about the software, hardware and specialised communication technologies that might help support them. If you are a professional you are welcome tocome along with a family you work with.

The day will include: time to chat with experienced staff about technology and software; demonstrations; presentations; ‘hands on’ time with computers and toys; games; snacks; Smart Wheelchair rides; information; prizes and more!

Although the day is free, please book a place if you wish to come, and tell them the ages of the children you are bringing. Call  0131 651 6235 well in advance if you wish to discuss any special arrangements your family may require.

Full information here FamilyDay2014

New website for deaf young people

my life my health

My life, My health is an exciting new health campaign to improve deaf young people’s experiences of GP services.  Click here to go to the website.

The campaign was created by the NDCS Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) to support deaf young people’s access to healthcare services. They have created exciting new resources to support young people, parents and professionals.

Apps for students with Austism Spectrum Disorder

 

 

When looking for apps for students on the autism spectrum (ASD), it is important to look at all educational apps and not just those that are tagged as autism apps. They have many of the same learning needs that other students have. This list was developed to provide apps based on common learning characteristics and traits that are typical for students with ASD. It is important to remember that all students learn differently and selecting apps should be based on the unique learning needs of the student. This list is only a sampling of apps available for each skill area. This is not, nor is it meant to be, a definitive list. It is intended to give you a starting place and a rationale for picking certain apps.

Click here to see the wheel in detail.

Developed by Mark Coppin (Oct 2012) – based on Allan Carrington’s Pedagogy Wheel, modified by Cherie Pickering

 

Short Breaks Fund Re-opens

This week saw the launch of the latest round of the Better Breaks funding programme.  The purpose of Better Breaks is to develop responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children and young people, and their families.

There has been an additional £100,000 added to the programme to be targeted at organisations providing services for families caring for a child or young person with learning disabilities. This brings the total to £1.3m to be distributed.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11th December 2013 at noon.

To date the Short Breaks Fund has funded over 22,000 separate breaks over two and a half years at an average cost of £293.

If you want to apply or know more then you can read the full guidance and accompanying notes on our website.

A new font is available for dyslexic learners

OpenDyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles.

OpenDyslexic is created to help with some of the symptoms of dyslexia. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down which aids in recognising the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping.

This font has been installed remotely on all school computers.  It should appear in the long list of fonts offered in Word.  Please contact the IT Service Desk (ITServiceDesk@eastlothian.gov.uk) if you do not have it installed and you would  like to try it out.  Any other questions, please contact Shirley Lawson (slawson@eastlothian.gov.uk)

 

 

Translated comments for Home School Communication (Polish)

This extremely useful collection of bilingual comments was originally produced by the EAL service in Moray and was added to the resources provided on the East Lothian EAL website. 

It attempts to cover all situations when teachers need to communicate with parents and provides an easy to use format. Short comments in English and Polish and can be printed off as required , glued into the homework diary or even posted or e-mailed home.

 It has now been updated by the St Andrew’s Learning Community who have edited the Polish and presented each comment in its own box ready for printing.

 Even if you are acquainted with this resource please look at the updated version. .There are also comments in Chinese and Russian.

 Just follow this link:

https://sites.google.com/a/www.edubuzz.org/english-as-an-additional-language/information-for-parents-in-polish

Many thanks to Janet Storey for providing this valuable information.

Ease your reading problems by listening to the text instead

We have Word Talk installed on all school computers which allows text in a Word document to be spoken back.  Word Talk (as the name suggests) only works with Microsoft Word.

 All the high schools had Read and Write Gold 8 software which offered this text to speech functionality plus many other useful literacy support tools. With the move to Windows 7 computers, Read and Write Gold is no longer fully compatible and the cost to upgrade is prohibitively expensive.

 Ivona MiniReader is a free simple text reader which adds a floating toolbar on the screen and can read out text from almost any program – Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, web pages etc.. MiniReader can use the free Scottish voice Heather and Stuart and most other voices on your computer. 

It is hoped to remotely install it onto all East Lothian school computers but if you would like to try it out prior to this universal install then please email slawon@eastlothian.gov.uk  I have instructions to issue on how it works and how it can be best used.

Holiday break on offer for families affected by disability

Epilepsy Scotland is delighted to announce the purchase of a luxury caravan based at Seton Sands in the Lothians.

The caravan is available for booking both by families and by individuals affected by a disability and on a low income.  It can sleep up to six people for a one week stay between March and October. 

A one-off administration fee of £40 is payable which covers the use of all the caravan’s facilities.  A free entertainment pass for on-site entertainment is also included. 

 This opportunity to have a short break can make a huge difference to an individual or family and can contribute to everyone’s health and wellbeing.  The purchase of the caravan has been made possible thanks to a generous grant to Epilepsy Scotland from Spifox.

 If you would like to find out more please look up our website www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk, email caravan@epilepsyscotland.org.uk or phone 0131 226 5458.

New website for young learners of English as an Additional Language

Have a look at this fun website Anglomaniacy. It has word games, quizzes, songs, printable worksheets and other resources for parents/carers and teachers.

This is a website produced in Poland with a great variety of resources for vocabulary and grammar for all pupils learning English. There are interactive grammar games to reinforce patterns and these are accompanied by a Polish translation.  There are good worksheets and games to help teach Christmas language.

A Polish version of the text is also available at the click of a button so it supports bilingualism and would be useful for parents to use at home.

For lots more resources to support young learners of English as an Additional Language, check out Janet Storey’s excellent website here.