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Elaine Scougal

Elaine Scougal is an MSc AAC student and mum to six year old twins Ollie and Cameron, who have Down's Syndrome. The boys are using Clicker Sentences to take their first steps towards independent writing.

"This video shows Cameron’s second-ever encounter with the app, cheered on all the way by his brother! The looks on my boys' faces, full of pride and independence, were worth their weight in gold."

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Wallacestone Primary

Sheila Robertson is a Principal Teacher at Wallacestone Primary in Falkirk. She works in the management team managing their PEF funding as well as a variety of children with different educational needs.

 "I can understand that for teachers who have been teaching for a number of years, the thought of using any kind of technology can be daunting, but this is something that is so user-friendly that anyone could begin using it. We have a vision across the school management that this will definitely fit into, so I would absolutely recommend Clicker to other schools."

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Alex Bogorad

Alex Bogorad is a speech-language pathologist at a middle school in Northern California. She works with students with Autism and learning disabilities and has been using Clicker Docs with two of her students.

“Monica tends to rush through her work. When Monica is using Clicker Docs, however she appears calm, she stays in her seat and she takes her time crafting her sentences. This is likely due to the fact that after each sentence, Monica will listen to what she wrote and go back and edit it because she heard the mistakes spoken out loud.”

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Dr. Brian Friedlander

Assistive technology consultant and blogger Brian tells us why he is recommending Clicker Docs to the school districts he works with.

“As with all the Clicker Apps, the User Interface in Clicker Docs is both intuitive and inviting to the students, and the ability to customize the environment to a student’s needs is critical for many of the facilitators that I work with.”

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Riverhead Infants’ School

Helen Bligh, the school’s Deputy Head and Inclusion Manager, tells us how they have been using Clicker Docs and Clicker Books to support two pupils who have cerebral palsy.

“What’s great about Clicker Docs is that not only does it help to develop the children’s literacy skills, but also their confidence, because they are able to write with a degree of independence. Rachel and Johnny work with a number of different Teaching Assistants, and all have found the app very easy to just pick up and use. We have to make quite specific resources to meet the children’s learning needs, so it’s vital that we have a product that delivers this degree of flexibility and ease-of-use.”

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Ferndale Primary School

School SENCo Liz Mann is using Clicker Docs with children from Year 2 to Year 6, with a particular focus on Year 6 reluctant writers.

“They’ve got the independence to just go ahead and do it themselves without relying on an adult to prompt them. In particular I can think of one child who wrote an amazing piece on Greek mythology after we downloaded a word bank from LearningGrids…”

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BridgingApps

The BridgingApps team aims to help caregivers and professionals choose the best apps to enhance everyday life for people with disabilities. Take a look at their review of Clicker Docs.

“Crick Software gets it “Write” yet again! Clicker Docs is another app in the series of apps designed by Crick Software targeting writing skills. Clicker Docs is designed to develop writing skills for all abilities, and works really well with students that are struggling writers and building basic writing fluency skills. The app first presents the user with a clean, organized, and inviting interface that you come to expect with apps by Crick Software.”

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The Educational App Store

Parent and teacher Anne Helsby gives Clicker Docs the site’s top rating of 5 stars.

“The Clicker Docs app is a great resource to use with any child who is developing their writing skills and is particularly suitable for those who have dyslexia or are reluctant writers. My own 8 year old is a reluctant writer and she delighted in writing and listening back to her own story using the app. She found it particularly useful to review and check her writing by herself…”

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appo Learning

This review includes a detailed ‘report card’ and looks specifically at how Clicker Docs can be used to support children with ASD.

“It makes it infinitely easier to get words on paper, helps with spelling, and takes some of the chore of writing away. The word banks help generate thoughts and keep kids on topic, which results in better work product, which translates to improved grades and a nice boost in self-confidence”

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Smart Apps for Kids

Jill Goodman’s final review for Smart Apps for Kids focusses on Clicker Docs. She gives the app an impressive 5 stars.

“Pretty much every goal on my ASD son’s IEP could be addressed using this one app. It is a tremendous time saver for teachers, parents and therapists. It supports those with a wide range of abilities, and as confidence increases, the level of support can be dialled back. Even those without identified special needs can benefit.”

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OT’s with Apps

This website reviews a range of technology used by Occupational Therapists. Carol Leynse Harpold gives her verdict on Clicker Docs.

“Clicker Docs, like Clicker Sentences, is suited to the unique needs of students with literacy challenges. The provision of word prediction, text to speech and word banks is unique to only a few apps at the present time. Ease of use of the apps is at the heart of [Crick’s] app development, understanding the daily limitations of time faced by teachers and therapists.”

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appo Learning

Jill Goodman reviews Clicker Connect, which was created "especially for my own autistic son. Or so it seems."

“Crick now has a complete continuum of apps for writing support that should meet the needs of most students. Clicker Connect is the bridge between reordering sentence parts to tell someone else's story and the blank white paper with little guidance other than a word bank and text prediction. It makes it possible for a child with very modest language and limited literacy to actually compose an original paragraph...”

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All SpecialED

Clicker Connect has been awarded the "All SpecialED approved" badge of approval.

“Clicker Connect is a great app for struggling writers! I love how teachers/therapists can use Clicker’s diverse library of pre-made learning grids or easily make their own grids adapted from writing curriculums to target their students’ writing and language goals/objectives. Due to the breadth of it’s technological ability, Clicker Connect has the potential to become a staple within your student’s educational plan....”

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Educational App Store

Clicker Connect has been awarded the site's top rating of 5 stars.

“A very powerful tool for constructing sentences and telling stories through the use of words, phrases and imagery. It will work best for younger children, but can be used throughout primary school...”

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Gilly Shankland

Gilly Shankland, a Specialist Teacher for Physical Disability in Kent, shares her thoughts on Clicker Connect.

“Clicker Connect is easy to use and, with the simplicity of Clicker Set creation and the multiple Clicker Sets available at LearningGrids.com, it is yet another excellent resource from Cricksoft, a company that helps to make the impossible, possible!”

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BridgingApps

The BridgingApps team aims to help caregivers and professionals choose the best apps to enhance everyday life for people with disabilities. Here are their thoughts on Clicker Connect.

“The clean layout of this app, similarity to familiar features of Clicker Sentences, many customisation options, integrated clip art library, and numerous sharing options make this app both easy and exciting to use. It is proven to help struggling writers advance to the next level of writing and made with the users in mind. It is a seamless transition from Clicker Sentences.”

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Teach Primary Magazine

Reviewer John Dabell highlights Clicker Connect in his ‘Apps for Education’ roundup.

“Writing apps that support literacy development can be a minefield. However, Clicker Connect offers something above and beyond. The app is a triumph because it is based on a simple idea that scaffolds independent writing skills...it kick-starts the writing process, helps children to be creative and gives them a clear sense of achievement.”

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Mike Elliot

Primary teacher and ICT advisor Mike Elliot gives his verdict on Clicker Connect.

“Clicker Connect supports learners in constructing sentences with all the required components, in a very interactive way. Learners will have a great time using images, audio and grids to connect words together, but more importantly it will enable learners to communicate and create… this level of customisation means the app is suitable for use across the curriculum, and really promotes the effective use of literacy.”

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The Appy Ladies

Reviewer Melissa Harris tells us what she loves about Clicker Connect.

“Clicker Connect is a truly remarkable app to utilize to help teach the writing process. I have been using this with some of my special learners and they are showing great progress and pride with their writing skills! Highly recommended!”

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Inka Clark

Inka’s son Daniel loves books and has lots of big ideas, but really struggles with reading and writing due to dyslexia. He has been using Clicker Sentences at home and at school.

“Clicker Sentences is fantastic for completing written homework tasks and makes writing possible for someone like Daniel… I cannot emphasise enough how quickly you can create a differentiated active learning task personalised and tailored to your learners’ needs.”

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