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1 Using the iPad and Apps Effectively in Speech and Language Therapy Speech Language Neighborhood Amanda Backof, M.S. CCC-SLP Is it a Toy or a Tool?

2 Conversation with a Wise 5 th Grader Me: So, what have you been working on in speech with Ms. So&So? 5 th grader: I’ve mainly been practicing my /s/ sound. Me: Did you use cards or games when you were working on your sound? 5 th grader: No, we’ve been using worksheets. Me: Oh. Well I brought my iPad with me today, so we can work on your sound by looking at flash cards, playing matching games and reading stories. 5 th grader: Wait, so you’re saying you have all of the cards and games for speech all on your iPad? 5 th grader: Well, that seems much more efficient!! Me: Yep, I have it all on here..(I flipped through my iPad screens of apps.)

3 Yes, the iPad is an Efficient Tool! Using the iPad in therapy can be just as effective as any other tool! I’m looking for an activity for a student who can only verbalize 1-2 words phrases. What are my options? A.Expand language through play therapy using Fisher-Price toys and Milieu teaching. B.Sequencing picture symbols on a pacing board to request food. C.Find an interactive App to help teach the skills. D.All of the above.

4 Don’t Let this Happen to You Bye Bye iPad!!!

5 Tips for keeping your iPad (precious baby) safe Invest in a sturdy case. The Griffin Defender protects the corners and the screen. Have your hands on the iPad at all times. Never leave your iPad unattended (I carry it around the school, unless the door locks). Clean your iPad with sanitizer and a soft towel to keep it germ free.

6 Tips for Managing Behavior During iPad Therapy The iPad never leaves my hands. Hands off if it’s not your turn. Move iPad to your chest if students are not listening. Hold iPad so that all students can see it. Alternate turns just like traditional therapy. In my sessions, students learn how to take turns. Put your thumb or hand over the “home” button. Kids are very smart and can change the app in a second!

7 Keeping Students Engaged

8 Over 400,000 Apps? How do I choose? - my site, with a link to my therapy YouTube Videoswww.SpeechLanguageNeighborhood.com -Sean Sweany’s site, frequent presenter at ASHAwww.SpeechTechie.com - Great resource for apps reviewswww.SpeechRoomNews.com - collaborative group of SLPs reviewing appswww.therapyapp411.com Facebook Group Pages: SLPeepsSLPsTalkAppsApps for Apraxia Kids iTteach Special Education Don’t let iTunes take over your life! Let others do the work for you…check out review websites, blogs, facebook pages and developer websites. Last resort: read the iTunes reviews (beware, as they are not always truthful.) I wish someone would take me outside!

9 Evidence Based Practice For more information on selecting apps using evidence based practice please see: /APP-titude--Use-the-Evidence-to-Choose-a- Treatment-App.htm EBP is the new new buzz word and now more than ever our services are under the microscope. The day will come when we will be asked to justify why we are using one app over another……. Should the app be EB or should the service we provide be based on tried and true methods we’ve been using for years? Will that be all the evidence we need? Instead of toys we are now using apps? Only time will tell.

10 Matching Articulation Apps to IEP Goals Ricky (age 4): Strengths:/k/, /g/, /f/, /s/ in isolation and syllables Weaknesses: /k/, /g/, /f/, /s/ in words, short phrases Maria (age 5): Strengths: Vowels /k/, /g/, /m/, /d/ in isolation Weaknesses: Consonants in syllables and words Angel (age 6): Strengths: Early developing sounds Weaknesses: Generalization to sentences, /ch/, /sh/ FCD Chris (age 11): Strengths: Intelligible to familiar listeners Weaknesses: /r/ variations in words and sentences My Choice ArtikPix: word level, matching Articulation Station: phrases, matching, drill/practice Speech Stickers: Practice at syllable level ArtikPix: word level-easy words Articulation Scenes: sentences and while reading Speech with Milo Articulation Game Articulation Scenes, Artic Questions, misc. book apps

11 Articulation Apps for group therapy ArtikPix up to 4 students, different color coded cards, can add student photos Articulation Station Pro Tap speech bubble with + mark at bottom of sound page to pick multiple sounds Match 2 Say up to 4 players for matching game Speech with Milo Board Game Articulation up to 5 players

12 Matching Apps to Language Needs Emerging Expressive Language Student produces 1-2 words Lack of verbs Limited expressive vocabulary First Phrases, Picture the Sentence, all Hamaguchi Apps Pronoun+ Verb+Object (jump over the rock) Interactive with action animation. Speech with Milo-Verbs Verb+ing – Flashcard format Toca Boca appsTea Party, kitchen, house, haircut, robot Buddy BearGrammar (pronouns, plurals, etc) Duck Duck Moose - Trucks Verb+ing during actions More Fun with Directions Prepositions (in/out, up/down) By [date] given visual representations of target grammatical structures (pronouns, verb+ing, articles (a, the) and plural /s/) [student name]will demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar by producing sentences containing these grammatical structures to describe actions, make comments and answer questions in _ out of _ trials with _% accuracy as measured by clinical data and informal observation. Goal: Let’s extend therapy beyond the app and combine with traditional therapy activities.

13 Emerging Receptive Language Limited understanding of concepts Difficulty answering questions Limited receptive vocabulary Picture the Sentence, all Hamaguchi Apps Matching verbalized sentence to picture-multiple levels First PhrasesWho ? Buddy Bear y/nY/N questions Fun with Directions, More Fun with Directions Variety of Prepositions taught in an simple interactive way I Can Do Categories Flash card activities-assumes prior knowledge My Play HomeVocabulary for Home First Words International Basic Vocabulary Toca Boca AppsAll Goal By [date] given visual representations of target grammatical structures (pronouns, verb+ing, articles (a, the) and plural /s/) [student name]will demonstrate an understanding of the conventions of standard English grammar by identifying (through selection) picture representations of the sentences containing these grammatical structures in _ out of _ trials with _% accuracy as measured by clinical data and informal observation.

14 Grammar-Elementary Difficulty with sentence structure Limited use of grammatical Structures Lack of adjectives and detail in sentences Speech with Milo-Verbs Practice using verbs in sentences Speech with Milo-Adjectives Practice using adjectives to expand sentences Electrokite Verbs, Cosmic Bowling and adjectives Teaches the skill first and then allows students to practice Rainbow Sentences Teaches Correct sentence structure (must be able to read) Tense BuilderVideos of action-select correct verb tense (must be able to read) Super Duper reg past tense & irreg verbs Flash Card Activity Goal (1st grade) By [date] given visual representations of target sentence structures (pronouns, verbs, adjectives) [student name]will demonstrate an understanding of the conventions of standard English grammar by verbalizing structures in sentences in _ out of _ trials with _% accuracy as measured by clinical data and informal observation. Objective 1: Given visual representations of verbs [Student] will use verbs to convey a sense of past, present and future (yesterday I walked home, today I walk home tomorrow I will walk home) Objective 2: Given visual representations of adjectives [Student] will use frequently occurring adjectives to expand sentence complexity. Objective 3: Given visual representations of pronouns [Student] will use personal, possessive and indefinite pronouns (I, me, my, they, them, their, anyone, everything) in sentences.

15 Sequencing to tell a Narrative Difficulty putting events in correct order Difficulty verbalizing a sequence of events Difficulty using transition words Speech with Milo Sequencing Early 3 event sequences.36 Basic Routines iSequence100 sequences, Put in correct order, talk about emotions,3-4 events per sequence Making SequencesReal Photos-More advanced sequences ToontasticDeveloping a narrative to tell a cartoon movie story, interactive characters, record narrative. Story Arc. The SurpriseStudents watch short animations and then narrate story in their own words. Comp Questions available. TapikeoDevelop your own sequence of events by importing photos. Bernard videosVerbal Sequencing of events I am also a big fan of using book apps to retell a narrative in correct sequence. Combine traditional worksheets with book apps to work on sequencing. (Sequencing graphic organizers, or putting pictures in correct order.)

16 Listening Comprehension Difficulty answering wh questions Difficulty answering inferential questions Difficulty using context clues to determine word meaning Story PalsStories of increasing length and complexity, wh questions Wh Questions (Super Duper) Variety of wh questions. Assumes prior knowledge Language Adventures Provides practice on identifying synonyms, antonyms. Middle School Confidential Summarizing, Paraphrasing Misc. interactive books Millie and the Lost Key, Hotel Transylvania, Rematch, Wacky Zoo Limited number of apps available to work specifically on main idea/details, inferencing, context clues and paraphrasing. Caution!! Several apps (with research listed in iTunes description) claim to help you teach context clues. They, in fact, do not teach the skill correctly. Since Apps are limited, this is an area where I rely heavily on traditional therapy activities combined with apps.

17 Working with Older Students and the Curriculum Download the Free Kindle App – Students enjoy reading books on the iPad Purchase Kindle books from Amazon Hunger Games Trilogy, Crash (Spinelli), The Other Wes Moore, Of Mice and Men, The Skin I’m In Since there are NO specific apps to go with curriculum books, I develop worksheets to target IEP goals and objectives based on student needs (context clues, summarizing, inferencing, etc.) Lit Charts – Cliff notes for classics Educreations – Interactive white board to record information about curriculum stories Inspiration – Graphic Organizer app Supplementary Apps – To help you teach higher level skills. Khan Academy – Videos for science, history, etc. Enchanted Dictionary – Interactive Definitions

18 Working on Language and Articulation in same session Story Pals provides stories loaded with articulation targets, allows you to work on sequencing and answering comprehension questions. Book Apps (ex: Little Critter, Elmo, Hotel Transylvania and Millie both have artic target words.) Develop articulation worksheets of target words from stories for artic students to practice.

19 Any Questions? Thanks for Coming!!!


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