Reviewing the iPad: A Discussion
This week I would like to share some of my personal and
professional reflections on using the iPad. I have been incorporating the
device into my therapy sessions for just one short month. However, over these
past four weeks I have seen some very positive changes in my sessions.
Here are several of them:
- The iPad is EXCITING: The iPad has
captured the attention of all the children, even those that sometimes
resist speech therapy. The interactive screen and programs mesmerizes even
the children with the shortest attention span!
- The iPad is THERAPEUTIC: I have
used it successfully with children who exhibit aggression and behavioral
issues. These are children who struggle to follow even the simplest task
and who often resist any type of adult directive. For them, though, the
iPad has proven to be calming, enticing and rewarding!
- The iPad is KID FRIENDLY: I have a
few children who have been resistant to articulation therapy because, I
believe, I am tapping into an area that is truly difficult for them. Even
these kiddos are enjoying using the ArtikPix program, as they can record
their voice and play it back. They enjoy swiping the pictures and playing
the memory game at the end. They now WANT to do speech therapy!
- The iPad is DYNAMIC: I can use the
iPad in both individual and group sessions and treat a variety of delays
and disorders appropriately and effectively!
- The iPad is FUN: Using an iPad
during speech therapy makes learning fun. The children don't mind taking
turns, missing recess or having to practice the /g/ sound for the
millionth time because they are doing it with an interactive tool that challenges
them in an enjoyable and innovative way.
- The iPad is SURPRISING: Although I
had heard many, many good things about the iPad, I was hesitant about
using it in speech therapy. Call it fear of the unknown. Or maybe it was
my own desire to keep therapy "simple" and continue with my trusty
flashcards and "Go Fish" games. All are valuable in their own way.
What I have found most SURPRISING is not just how positively the students
have responded to the new tool, but how I have also grown to love it!
There is joy and satisfaction that comes in watching my students excel and
enjoy themselves during therapy. The quality of my overall sessions has
improved and student success has grown. It's amazing how pleasantly surprised you can be with the unexpected!
How has the iPad
changed YOUR therapy sessions?