Training Workshops

For Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals

Our popular training workshops are all about the benefits of apps and tablets for teaching children with learning disabilities.

Parents and teachers at a workshop

Each workshop is individually tailored to your needs, with a mixture of demonstration and hands-on exploring, typically covering:

Whether you're an expert with technology, or hesitant you might break it, we can help you do more and do it more easily.

Each delegate will receive a workbook packed with pages of useful information, and a certificate of attendance.

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Who should Attend

Our workshops are suitable for parents, teachers, teaching assistants, pre-school staff, portage workers, speech and language therapists, and any other adults already using or interested in the benefits of our apps.

Colin Dean

The workshops are led by Dr. Colin Dean, who has been using iPads and other tablets, and developing apps for them, since soon after they first appeared. He has many years of experience in teaching, training and research, and has spoken at conferences around the world.

Colin has a son with Down syndrome, whose development has been aided hugely by his iPad and our apps.

Usually we get requests for training from people who are using iPads, iPhones or iPods, but we can also cover Android devices. We encourage you to bring along your own device, if you have one.

What Will I Learn?

You want to get the most out of our apps and your mobile devices, so your children can learn effectively and enjoy doing so, and so you can save yourself time and headaches.

Our apps are really easy for children to use, and give you lots of control to configure and personalize them to suit each child as they progress. We can show you how to best use them, and the evidence for how they help children progress in so many ways.

To get the most out of a tablet or smartphone when working with children who have special needs, you need to adjust some of the device's settings. We can guide you through these.

Finding good apps is like looking for needles in haystacks, and we can point you in the right directions.

There are lots of options for backing up your personal data, but if you don't know how, and your device breaks or is lost or stolen, you could lose it all!

Where are Workshops Held?

We come to you. Currently, most of our workshops are in the UK, but please let us know if you are interested in us visiting you elsewhere in the world.

A workshop can be from 2 hours to all day, depending on your needs and availability, and we can run it at an evening or weekend if more convenient. The number of delegates can be anything between half a dozen and 30 or more.

To keep costs down, we usually ask you to provide a location (e.g. a classroom in your school or a room at your local Sure Start Children's Centre), with tables everybody can sit at comfortably, and ideally an overhead projector and screen, or an interactive whiteboard or large-screen HD TV.

How Much Will it Cost?

Our current all-inclusive prices for workshops held in the UK are:

£ 450 without overnight stop

£ 500 or £ 600 with stop *

* The lower price applies if you arrange and pay for dinner and overnight accommodation for our trainer.

These prices are subject to you providing projector and screen, and printing the delegate workbooks (which we will email to you in advance). We endeavour to avoid an overnight stop, but depending on distance and timing this may not be practicable.

For overseas prices, please contact us.

We will arrange to tailor your workshop to your needs, and our prices do not depend on how many people attend, so you can club together with other schools, nurseries or support groups to save money, and you may wish to charge delegates to cover your costs.

To talk about what we can do for you, please contact us. Let us have your phone number and availability if you'd like us to call you to discuss.

Workshops and Events 2017 Date Location Booking
21 & Co 22 May 2017 Teddington Contact
Ukrainian Charitable Down Syndrome Organization 29-30 April 2017 Kyiv, Ukraine Contact
Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group 6 Mar 2017 Huddersfield  
West Coast Down's Syndrome Support Group 26 Jan 2017 Whitehaven  
Catcote Academy 16 Jan 2017 Hartlepool  
Workshops and Events 2016 Date Location
North East Social Enterprise Festival 29 Oct 2016 Gateshead
Appcircus Hamburg 27 Oct 2016 Hamburg, Germany
Apps para todos 19 Oct 2016 Barcelona, Spain
Cumbria Down's Syndrome Conference 16 Oct 2016 Penrith
National Portage Association 30 Sep - 1 Oct 2016 Northampton
Disability North Exhibition 21 - 22 Sep 2016 Newcastle
Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group 10 May 2016 Huddersfield
Landskonferansen om Down syndrom 7-9 Apr 2016 Oslo, Norway
Luton Borough Council SEN Service 4 Mar 2016 Luton
North Tyneside Learning Trust 2 Feb 2016 Wallsend
Walworth School 17 Jan 2016 Newton Aycliffe
Workshops and Events 2015 Date Location
Durham County Carers Support 2 Dec 2015 Pelton
Middlesbrough Information Day 23 Nov 2015 Middlesbrough
Making Changes Together 18-19 Nov 2015 Durham
Beacon Hill School 11 Nov 2015 Wallsend
Stockton United for Change 10 Nov 2015 Stockton
North East Social Enterprise Festival 28 Oct 2015 Newcastle
National Portage Association 2-3 Oct 2015 Northampton
Making Changes Together 17-18 Sep 2015 Durham
Downright Special 11 May 2015 Hull
Scope - Face 2 Face 22 Apr 2015 Coventry
Cragside C of E Primary School 21 Apr 2015 Cramlington
Grampian Branch of Down's Syndrome Scotland 28 Mar 2015 Aberdeen
York Down Syndrome Support Group 27 Feb 2015 York
Blyth Valley Children's Centres 26 Feb 2015 Blyth
Cerebra North East Parent and Carer Forum 5 Feb 2015 Gateshead
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