Boardmaker Picture Communication Software available at some local libraries
Thanks to funding made available from the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation, access to Boardmaker Picture Communication Software has now been provided at four libraries across East Lothian. Launches took place this week in Dunbar, Haddington Musselburgh and Tranent with the NHS Speech and Language Therapy team demonstrating the software to members of library staff and the public.
Symbols can be used with anyone who may need additional support with communication. They can be used with children and adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders; people with English as an additional language and anyone with a disability or impairment that affects communication or memory. Symbols can be used to create visual schedules or reminders, to create instruction sheets or social stories, or to support PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). Community groups and charitable organisations may also wish to make use of the software and we would be delighted to explore ways in which we can help with this.
The software is now available to use in Dunbar, Haddington, Musselburgh and Tranent libraries and those wishing to use it should simply call the library to book. A small resource kit with examples of visual schedules and other resources is also available for use. Use of the software is free and the usual library charges for printing and laminating apply.
The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation aims to improve the physical and mental health of the people of Scotland, in particular in Edinburgh and the Lothians. It provides funding and makes grants to support projects and initiatives not normally funded by the health service and East Lothian Library Service are grateful to have been supported by the foundation to make such a useful resource far more accessible to families and carers to create resources which are personal to their circumstances. The libraries are delighted to be able to work closely with colleagues in the NHS Speech and Language Therapy team to assist their work across East Lothian.