Hundreds of parents and teachers have used SEN assist products.
Their feedback allowed us to develop our software and the methods
they have to say…
J.M Worgan (Parent and author of 'Life on the Spectrum. The
Preschool Years. Getting the Help and Support You Need')
"SEN Assist is a company which makes specialist CD-ROMs
for autistic children both at school and at home. The company
is run by a husband and wife team, this is a quote taken from
Adele on the SEN Assist Blog:
"I'm a special needs teacher at an autism specific school
in Surrey. England. I have over a decade of experience helping
children with autism play and learn. My training includes
TEACCH, Pecs, Intensive interaction and social stories. I
co-founded the award winning SEN Assist with my husband Quentin
in 2010.Together we create software and resources to help
ALL children learn."
I first found out about this wonderful service over a year
ago. I was searching for Christmas presents for Tom and was
recommended to look at the website by a friend. I was so excited
by what I found.
They have six CD-ROM's for sale all based on children's nursery
rhymes and stories including ‘Little Red Riding Hood’
and ‘The Gingerbread Man’.
The beauty of the website is that you can try out the software
before you buy. Tom tried ‘The Gingerbread Man’
and it was an instant hit. You can also download ‘Little
Red Riding Hood’ for free. Each CD -ROM is an interactive
story book including twenty four activities and comes with
printable resources of the story.
Tom finds the software easy to use, as using the mouse requires
a 'click' and 'click' movement rather than a 'drop' and 'drag'.
This causes less frustration and episodes of anger.
The website itself also has lots of free resources including
Christmas story activities and a matching card activity. The
SEN Blog is also excellent, giving support and practical advice
to parents of autistic children. I urge you to take a look."
Vanessa Whitney (Stepgate School)
" SENassist has been brilliant! Working with autisitic children
can become particularly challenging when you know you have spent
a lot of time preparing something that the children then spend
no time at all with.
The Three Bears has been fabulously motivational for my KS1 group
of children; they loved the control of choosing their own character
and the knowledge that they could make it move by completing their
tasks. The children love to interact with the computer and, as
the layout is so clear and concise, they are constantly learning.
Obviously the best part is that it's so easy for the teacher!
Children love it - too good to be true!
I was amazed by how much the children enjoyed the story and tasks
for many weeks and now look forward to more and more books to
follow! The support that SENassist provided with additonal ideas
and technical questions was excellent and I thoroughly recommend
all they offer to others."
Clare Walker (Portesbery School)
"As a teacher for children who have severe learning difficulties
and autism, SENassist is a much needed resource in the classroom.
It is easy to use, visually motivating, uses schedule systems
and allows teachers to assess difficult concepts such as comprehension
with relative ease.
It is both pupil and teacher friendly, simple, yet brilliant.
SENassist are a very exciting company and I look forward to buying
other products in the future."
Winnie Winters (Vice Principle, Arvalee School)
"I am already impressed
by this new software. In special education, it is often difficlut
to find appropiate resources for children with a variety of abilities."
Phil Leach ( Head of ICT & Primary,
"We have been using SEN Assist software for 9 months.
Like all good ideas, it takes a simple idea and adapts it for
its chosen purpose.
Freemantles School is a specialist provision for Autistic people.
The SEN Assist software has offered a way of accessing young people
who have found traditional interventions un-stimulating. It has
allowed the teachers working in our lower ability, largely non-verbal
classes to teach literacy and independence skills in a fun and
Some pupils have been accessing SEN Assist on a daily basis as
a version of TEACCH, completing tasks independently for the first
time in their academic careers.
There are also several different stories, so interest can be maintained
over a long period of time, with a variety of different modes.
The effectiveness of SEN Assist as an educational tool for children
with ASD or learning disabilities, is that it can motivate and
draw out interest in children who have withdrawn into their own
interests and obsessions. One of our prime aims is to teach the
young people in our care to be independent and lead as full a
life as is possible. The young people at our school using SEN
Assist have been exposed to tasks that motivate them to work independently
and give them multiple choices to keep them interested."
Kirsty Hodge (Portesbery School)
"I have used Goldilocks and the Three Bears in my class
of Year 8 SLD pupils, some of whom also have autism. All pupils
found it very motivating - from one pupil who learned to use a
switch to hear the next part of the story to my most able pupil
who completed Level 4 independently by the end of the half term.
It was fantastic to have a resource that the whole class could
access and I based my literacy sessions for the half-term around
the program and it's activities. I teach one pupil who would not
complete any activity on the computer unless allowed to watch
YouTube afterwards. This is the first program she has completed
with no extra motivators needed - thank you!"
Mike Williams ( Parent, Henry Tyndale
School)"A very likeable, clear, enthusiastic
and expressive voice, with graphics which are appropriate and
fun, very child friendly. The interactive stories and games could
have huge potential as a SEN learning tool and in the educational
field generally. Our autistic son, age 6 years, loves it. Fantastic!"