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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy with an iPad!

Published January 10, 2012 8:56 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

This past week, as promised, the Assistive Technology representative from our county paid me a welcomed visit, bringing with her the much anticipated iPad! Very exciting!

When we met, she walked me through several of the applications that were previously downloaded onto the device. I quickly fell in love with a select few. I also learned that I am not permitted to download additional apps to this particular device.

If I have a special request for a particular app that I think may be useful for speech therapy, I can let our representative know and there is the possibility that the county would download it for me; however, cost may play a factor in what and how much we are able to buy from the online app store.

Although I am relatively new at this, I thought that for today's post, I would blog about my first impressions of this amazing device and some of the interesting information I learned about it in the past few days.

  • I personally have an iPhone, so navigating through the iPad, the apps and typing on the keyboard came very naturally to me.
  • Even if a child has been diagnosed with a particular speech and language disorder and qualifies through insurance for a personal communication system, insurance companies will not pay for an iPad.
  • iPads are not considered by insurance companies to be a communication device, as they were not developed originally for that purpose. They are considered more of an "entertainment" tool that happens to be helpful for individuals with disabilities. *This raises the question for me: how are schools/therapists affording the costs of purchasing both an iPad(s) and the numerous applications?
  • Using an iPad for just two days in my speech sessions unlocked a world of communication possibility! I feel rejuvenated and very hopeful for some of my more involved students.
  • I know that there is much I still need to learn! Reading information like Angela Desideri's blog AT and AAC: Practical Tips and Strategies on the ADVANCE website reminds me of this and gives me some wonderful information to discover and avenues to explore!


Join me next week for a detailed list of the apps I am using (so far!) with little ones with articulation and language delays/disorders!


Thanks Angela! Can't wait to see your future posts!

stephanie bruno dowling January 15, 2012 2:38 PM


Great to hear about your experience with the iPad and speech sessions! Thanks for the mention as I have so many great topics to cover this year.

Angela Desideri January 13, 2012 11:57 AM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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