Training and Assistance

DTSL Assistive Technology is well known for their fun and motivating training sessions.

Our aim is to ensure that all learning styles are catered for.

The majority of our sessions are hands-on and we allow for plenty of repetition so new skills are able to be practiced.
We will do our very best to make the content relevant to you.

C-Pen Overview and Hands-On

1 hour – On-Site

This session is designed to take an in-depth, hands on look at the benefits and features of the C-Pen ReaderPen.

  • Text Reader
  • Dictionary
  • Scan to file and “keyboard” function
  • Voice memos (recorder)
  • Left to right hand switching
  • Using auto-read and definition features within Text Reader
  • Speech volume, speed and other settings

Literacy Support Tools 1

2 hours – On-Site

During this session we work with a range of tools that may assist learners with a literacy need and in particular students with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. Sessions can be customised and may include some or all of these products.

  • C-Pen ReaderPen
  • Dragon Professional Individual (voice typing)
  • Mind-mapping programs
  • Word prediction using WordQ
  • Tint & Track software and coloured overlays/reading rulers
  • Phonics apps
  • Sequencing apps
  • Maths apps
  • Auditory processing

Literacy Support Tools 2

2 hours – On-Site

Hands-on session using WordQ and Inspiration with an overview of Dragon Professional Individual.

WordQ 5 – offering state-of-the-art word prediction, speech feedback, proofreading, enhanced topical web searches to help with research, projects, papers, and more. WordQ is more than a spelling and grammar check, and can be used virtually anywhere you type on a computer, online or offline, helping users realize their full potential and gain confidence in their communication and self-expression.

Inspiration – mind maps provide students with a natural way of thinking

Dragon Professional Individual – looking at how this product works, where it can assist and who can benefit from using it. 

Specialist School and Child Development Units

Full day – On-Site

These on-site sessions are customised to meet the needs of each school. We can run repeated sessions so that during the school day different groups can attend. The sessions, depending on whether we are working with SLT, OT or teaching staff may include any or all of these products sets:

  • Switches and interfaces
  • Mounting systems
  • Eye-gaze and alternative access
  • Communication devices and software
  • Cause and effect toys
  • Cause and effect software
  • Sensory

AppExplore – iPad

Half or Full Day – On-Site

iPads are provided for the training session.

The iPad apps we focus on give a more in-depth level of functionality and create a greater scope for learning. These apps will support many students struggling with literacy, numeracy and communication. 

The session can be fully customised to meet the needs of your teachers and the training day could cover a range of apps or be a shorter session focusing on a single app. 

  • Book Creator
  • Clicker Writer 
  • Bitsboard Pro
  • Kidspiration Maps
  • A+ Spelling Test
  • Auditory processing
  • Sequencing
  • Phonics apps
  • Numeracy apps
  • NZ Money apps and much more

AppExplore – Chrome

1-2 hour(s) – Remote Session (Off-Site)

We can run remote sessions on a wide range of Chromebook apps and extensions. 
These can be tailored to suit whatever topic you wish to cover – including:

  • Intro to using core Chrome tools – Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms
  • Voice Typing within Google Docs and Accessibility features
  • Creating worksheets, questionnaires and more with Forms
  • Using WordQ on Chrome – along with ThoughtQ and ReaderQ to help with writing about a particular subject/researching
  • Introduction and demonstration of Clicker Writer
  • Using Read&Write extension

Customised Session

We can tailor a training session to a specific area that you’d like us to cover.

Let us know what you would like us to go through and we can work out a plan that suits everyone.

For Further Details

Contact us at, or call Catherine on 0800 370 198, or Tomas on 0800 864 382.

Let us know how we can help you.