iPads, iPods, & Apps
Many students are able to benefit from the incorporation of iPad technology during select Speech/Language sessions, when used in conjunction with other therapy materials and with the appropriate guidance and interaction. There is an extremely wide variety of apps. Some of the best apps are even free, while others can be rather costly. Listed below are a few traditional and non-traditional apps.
Dragon Dictation: (Free) Provides Voice-to-Text with the ability to export notes via email, etc.
QuickVoice: (Free edition) Create voice notes, can be exported via email, etc.
DocScan HD: (Free) Scan documents with the ability to crop, edit, draw, and export/send via email.
Bamboo Paper: (Free) Notetaking, drawing app
Proloquo To Go: A full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. Provides text-to-speech.
Pictello: Create talking photo albums and photo books.
Voice Changer Plus: (Free) Record and change your voice while practicing articulation targets!
Phonics Genius: (Free): Speech sounds and words
Articulation Station: Offers a comprehensive approach to articulation practice. Purchase individual sounds, or purchase the professional edition (with all sounds included).
StoryKit: (Free) Create stories to improve language skills
ShowMe: (Free) Interactive white board app
Bitsboard: (Free) create flashcards, quizzes, and games with pictures and vocabulary
Sock Puppets: (Free) Create puppet shows! Work on articulation and language skills
Endless ABC: (Free) Improve alphabet knowledge and vocabulary
Fun With Directions: App for following directions involving language concepts
Toca Boca Apps: Toca Boca develops interesting, fun, and novel apps that are especially useful for language development and social communication.
Kindergarten.com/ABA Apps: A great collection of apps to address vocabulary, language development, and early verbal reasoning skills.
Grasshopper Apps: A great collection of apps that address a very wide range of skills, such as: vocabulary, concepts, early problem solving, early reading, counting, matching, etc.
Super Duper Apps: A collection of apps based on Super Duper's Fun Decks. The apps are not as interactive as other apps and are more similar to a flashcard-based approach.
Smarty Ears Apps: A developer of a large series of apps, with continual production of new apps, that address various skill areas within Speech/Language.
Sand Timer: (Free) Visual sand timer for time management
Mobile Education Tools: An app developer who provides a series of apps designed to increase language skills.
Catalyst HD: (Free) App for collecting, managing, and using data for behavior/skill tracking.
Model Me Going Places 2: Visual teaching tool. Photo slideshows of children modeling appropriate behavior (social stories) in various community locations.
Now What: (Free) Developed for students/children who have difficulty with transitions. Create task lists/schedules.
Dusty D. Dawg Has Feelings Too: (Free) Story about a feelings and emotions.
Cookie Doodle (and other Doodle apps): Follow recipes and create cookies. A great app for following directions, taking turns, sequencing, and retelling events.
Speech/Language Blogs, Wikis, etc.
Apps for Children with Special Needs
PediaStaff on Pinterest (Great Materials!)
Peachy Speech Blog
If I Only Had Superpowers Blog
Play on Words Blog
Pathologically Speaking Blog
Speech Techie Blog
Mommy Speech Therapy Blog
PediaStaff on Pinterest: List of Therapist Blogs
Technology in (SPL) Education (website/blog)
jenny-slp.blogspot.com (Grafton SLP; apps and activities)
Other Tablet Devices
iPads are not the only device that can be of benefit in education with students with or without special education needs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
AAC Resources and Products: Switches, Communication Devices, etc
SWAY: Switch You-Tube Access
Adaptive Switch Labs