A few years ago if someone asked what type of speech-therapy tools I used with my patients, I would often tell them: dolls, blocks, bubbles, balls, flashcards and such. But now I typically tell them it’s the iPad. The topic of ‘iPad’ is currently huge among speech-language pathologists. Try reading through blogs or forums without seeing whole threads or discussions dedicated to using the iPad during speech-language therapy. So what are the benefits of using a tablet over the traditional materials?

10)  Developers are constantly improving apps, so the apps can evolve with your client.

9)   Regardless of the child’s age or ability level, the iPad can be accessible through voice or touch.

8)  Apps can easily be incorporated into playing, reading, writing, spelling, grammar, songs and video.

7) Many apps offer free or ‘lite’ versions, so before a therapist makes a big purchase they can sample the program’s features then determine if it’s worth the money.

6 ) There are many apps that offer the ability to record a child’s productions to save for later comparison. With this option, you can allow your client to do self-rating and go back to double-check their speech.

5) Parents can help their child participate in school lessons to reinforce education at home, and games and activities can draw in friends and classmates, eliminating isolation.

4) Apps that are skill-focused often make great tools for quick criterion-referenced assessments or dynamic assessments of a given skill, without needing to prepare lots of supplies ahead of time.

3) The data-tracking capabilities of app-compatible devices allow therapists to focus on the task at hand. You can then email the session data to the client’s caregivers or yourself to include in SOAP notes.

2) Apps can target apraxia, articulation, language, play skills, pragmatic skills, functional communication and more – all in one device. No more lugging around 12 different sets of flashcards.

1) iPads are cool! Many of my clients, children with autism, could care less if I took out scissors, paper and crayons – and most of the time these end up on the floor. Children are simply more motivated by interacting with the iPad than paper–and–pencil activities

Have other reasons?  Should this be a longer list? Please leave your suggestions  in the comment sections and I’ll make an updated list !

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