Speech Therapy with an iPad!
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
- 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.
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?
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
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!