Motivating your individual
The first thing we want to know when teaching is what motivates
the individual. If they are into trains or tractors or dinosaurs
we can use this to engage them. Often children will tell us
what motivates them, but sometimes language can be a barrier
and choices can be a complete surprise.
There are 48 individual characters to print, laminate and
use for tasks, work systems, pegs, schedules etc.
If a child likes dinosaurs they can choose to have a T Rex
on screen the whole time roaring when they succeed.
It’s amazing how effective this can be.
SEN Assist was created by teachers to directly link with the
The Fairy stories form part of the Key stage 1 syllabus in
The animated writing with associated symbols are ideal for
visual learners and show that the text has meaning. Language
is taken from the first 100 high frequency words. The clear
layout avoids any distractions and the familiar stories make
The activities are cleverly linked to the reading P scales
meaning teachers can assess reading levels for children working
below the National Curriculum Level 1.
Activities are based on language activities used by speech
therapists including pronouns, prepositions, sequencing and
Developing communication is a priority throughout the programs.
Even the praise is varied to extend the vocabulary.
The resources are based on PECs allowing children
to comment and answer questions learning the correct sentence
structures. The resources allow a teacher to stretch children
who may be more able, but not have the language skills to
show this. Using a sentence strip will not only keep a child
on task, but allow them to demonstrate what they know. Correct
sentence structure can be modelled and processing time can
You can start to teach a child to answer questions using the
sentence strip, which is a skill they can transfer into school.
See this sample Three Bears termly plan to see how teachers
plan for mixed abilities using the SEN Assist software.
For home learning you can choose the P scale activities that
would best suit your child and follow the planning at home.
The hidden buttons in the ASSIST logo mean you can quickly
navigate to a chosen topic and differentiate questioning to
SEN Assist was designed to save time in as many ways possible.
Even the resources have a layout that is quick to cut out
Each time your child completes an activity their individual
on screen character will celebrate for them. This is enough
motivation and keeps the children on task.
‘I wanted to give parents
something they could switch on, see work before having to
learn all the theory behind it.’
Our aim is to enable more of today’s
children with special educational needs to be included with
In the long term we hope SEN Assist will
help more adults with special educational needs to enter the
workplace by training them to use their ICT skills appropriately.