Therapy on an iphone.

No. Not that kind.

The speech kind. πŸ˜‰

I confess, I love my semi-iphone* more and more every day.
*I inherited my mother’s disabled phone when she upgraded to the 3GS. So I have the cool features of an iTouch PLUS the camera and microphone of an iPhone.

In the last 2 months I have discovered a myriad of ways to use it in speech therapy sessions. Below are some of the apps that I’ve used and recommend:

1. The camera and video camera . Okay, not an app. But I am sooooo much more likely to take a picture of a student or a quick video when I can easily email it to myself and print it out.

A few weeks ago I made paper dolls out of the actual student photos so we can talk about different clothing types. I took the picture, emailed it to myself, and printed it in less than 5 minutes. We’ve been continuing that activity for weeks now!

2. Dress Me Up Lite. Works on adjectives, vocabulary of clothing and body parts, and comparing/contrasting.

3. Learn to Talk Sampler.This is a cool idea for basic vocabulary and flash cards. However, I’m not sure if I’d ever pay the $1.99 for the full version.

4. Kindergarten.com offers a lot of great picture flashcards (many for free!). These include: foods, actions, things you wear, emotions, etc. Although when I downloaded it, the Receptive Functions app was free, it might be worth the $0.99 to work on these harder concepts.

5. Question Builder Lite. This app has a lot of potential for answering a variety of Wh- questions. It is somewhat difficult for a small hand to access. So it is great in the lite version, not sure if I’d upgrade to the full version.

Some apps I’d love to try and review if someone wants to let me download the app for free (hint, hint).

iCommunicate: basic communication words and schedules for daily life

SLP Mobile Articulation Probes
: over 900 pictures for articulation work

Pocket SLP Articulation: over 400 articulation pictures

Hidden Curriculum for Kids: tips for the “unwritten social rules”, especially useful for high functioning kids with Autism

There is so much potential for speech and language therapy using the iPhone and iTouch. I imagine that the iPad would also be incredible for bringing therapy to the student as well as engaging and motivating them. I am having a lot of fun with mine. πŸ™‚

Coming eventually…. teaching applications for reading, writing, and math.

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8 Comments

  1. I use my iPhone every day in therapy!

    there is a screenshot of my favorite apps on my blog under speech therapy πŸ™‚

    thanks for the one about the wh questions!

  2. I love the iPhone too, my husband has one. I have iTouch but it’s the 1st on apple released without the speaker I hope to get an iPad to use with Ashley when they finally come to Canada.

    I’ll be checking out all the apps you recommended.

  3. Wow! What an awesome tool to add to your teaching repertoire!! I’m still using an old flip-phone, so have yet to experience the joys of the newest technologies!!

  4. How cool, I’ll have to see if any of those are available for the droid phones.

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