Communication is the heartbeat of every daily interaction. In working with children who have communication disorders, I have found that various tools can help them to be more successful with their communication skills. A tool I have recently found to be very effective in my speech-language therapy is the iPad 2. I use this innovative device when working with children of almost all ages and a variety of speech/language disorders. Through a multisensory approach, the iPad 2 has seemingly unlocked communication skills in which many of my clients were not previously demonstrating. It enables my clients to concurrently learn visually, auditorally, and kinesthetically.
Numerous applications (apps) are available on the iPad 2 that can meet each individual’s needs. These apps make working on speech and language skills motivating, portable, convenient, and organized. Due to the large number of apps that are available, with some requiring purchase and others being available for free download, deciding which ones to load/purchase can sometimes be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are websites available where you can read reviews and view demonstrations of therapy apps prior to purchasing or downloading them. Examples of these review sites include: a4cwsn.com, LilliesPad.com, and snapps4kids.com. Also, listed below are a few apps that I use and have found to be effective in my therapy:
App (Area addressed)
- Tiga Talk (articulation)
- ArtikPix (articulation)
- Articulation Station (articulation)
- ABA Receptive Identification (language)
- Speech with Milo: Verbs (language)
- Speech with Milo: Sequencing (language)
- Peekaboo Barn (language)
- Name That Category Fun Deck (language)
- Sentence builder (articulation/language/voice/fluency)
- Conversation builder (articulation/language/voice/fluency)
- FirstWords: Sampler (phonological awareness)
- SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises (oral motor strengthening)
Therapy apps on the iPad 2 are not intended to replace speech therapy, nor do they replace the speech-language pathologist. They are best utilized as tools while working alongside the child and can also be used for practice outside of therapy.