Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Technology in Therapy: Apps and the iPad

Well dead week is upon us here at school and we are all gearing up to take finals next week.  Why do they call it dead week anyway?? I'm pretty sure it's one of the most alive weeks we have!  Oh well...along with studying I have been frequenting a wonderful site called The iMums where they have been featuring wonderful app giveaways to celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month.  One of the greatest giveaways yet is the Speech-EZ Apraxia Picture Sound Cards giveaway.  I saw this booth at ASHA and it looked like a super useful program to have. Click here to enter in the giveaway.  I even won an app called Pocket Artic!  Now I just need an iPad :)
The iMums are four moms from around the globe who specialize in reviewing and searching out the best apps for kids, families and professionals. Having gone to ASHA this last fall I realized quickly how useful technology and the iPad can be in the therapy room, so I have been trying to stay up to date on the latest and greatest apps for speech and communication.  Even if you don't have an iPad yet (like me!), you can still save many apps to your iTunes and then sync them up later when you do take the big plunge :)

I'm sure many of you know what free apps are available to you, but I thought I would gather them all in one place.
Super Duper has 3 free apps.
1. Age Calculator
2. Let's Name Things (This app I use on my android!)
3. Using "I and Me"

Clean Up: Category Sorting
Let's Build a Bedroom
Thomas and Friends: Engine Activities
PBS: Kids Video
Little Writer: Tracing Words and Shapes
Sounding Board
i Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather
Miss Spider's Tea Party

Many of the above apps are only free for a limited time so get 'em soon!  What apps are most frequently used in your therapy room?  

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