Downloading recommended apps for speech and language onto your iPad is easy. Figuring out how to put them into practice with children is much harder.
Most children are happy to play with the iPad independently but this isn’t very effective in developing their communication skills.
The aim of this blog is to share ideas for how to use apps as a useful tool in developing talking, interaction and communication.
- Parents: click here for ideas on how to use iPads for communication at home.
- Speech and Language Therapists/Teachers: click here for ideas for using iPads to support communication in the classroom or during therapy sessions.
All of the apps I discuss are ones that I’ve downloaded and tried myself. A few of them are designed specially for therapy activities but I mainly try to find general apps which can be adapted to help language development.
I’m a Speech and Language Therapist in London and have been using my iPad in sessions to support speech and language development for the past five or six years with early years children and children with ASD and complex needs in special and mainstream schools.
I started writing this blog after finding endless websites with lists of apps for speech and language but few ideas on exactly how to use them in a therapy session, in a classroom or at home. I’d love to hear people’s feedback about how these ideas work and any suggestions for developing them further!