Children with learning difficulties use latest iPad technology to help them to communicate

Thanks to healthcare provider Simplyhealth, a group of eight children with learning difficulties from New Bridge School in Oldham will have the chance to interact with others using the latest iPad based technology.

The donation of £5,624 from Simplyhealth will be used to pilot a new project which will equip the children with iPads, a specialist communication app and accessories which will allow them to communicate with peers and the wider world.

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New Bridge is a co-educational secondary school which meets a variety of individual needs including moderate learning needs and severe and complex learning difficulties. It also has specialised provision for pupils who may be on the autistic spectrum.

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Graham Quinn, Principal at New Bridge School
We are delighted with the donation from Simplyhealth. The children who will benefit from these funds have difficulty forming sounds and words and therefore communicating with others. Being able to interact is key to learning and building friendships. This new technology will allow the children to have a voice as they will speak using a specially designed app on the iPad. At the moment the children use a ring binder of words which can be difficult for them to hold and can be very time consuming for even the shortest of sentences. Unfortunately, this often means that they give up and don't try to communicate at all. We are really excited to see how the children will develop in confidence over the next few months."
Graham Quinn, Principal at New Bridge School
James Glover, spokesperson for Simplyhealth
This is a great idea that has the potential to make it much easier for children with learning difficulties to communicate. Although only a small number of children will take part in the initial trial we hope that the benefits of using this equipment will be such that it is rolled out to more children at New Bridge School. We look forward to hearing how successful the project was at the end of the trial
James Glover, spokesperson for Simplyhealth

About Simplyhealth

We became Simplyhealth in 2009 after bringing together HSA, BCWA, LHF, HealthSure, Totally Active, our family of health companies have joined together over the last ten years to form Simplyhealth

In December 2011, we acquired Denplan Limited, the UK's leading dental payment plan specialist.

We've been providing healthcare solutions for 140 years, dedicated to serving our customers and patients through a variety of cash plans, dental plans, private medical insurance, self funded health plans and mobility and living aids

Simplyhealth is a trading name of Simplyhealth Access, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority

Simplyhealth as it stands today, now covers nearly four million people with health plans (more than any other company) and helps 20,000 companies with their employees' health

Simplyhealth is committed to making a positive impact on its communities. Each year, we donate over £1 million to health related charities and causes

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