Recently, there has been a huge wave of enthusiasm circulating throughout the special education world. Well, maybe actually throughout the entire world. From moms to therapists and teachers, the Apple iPad is the new rage. I love technology – especially Apple’s technology.
I am the proud owner of an iTouch, iPhone, and Macbook…and as of last Friday, an iPad! This influx of technology is really astounding. How did the average household become so technology dependent? I honestly am not sure what I would do without my iPhone. Let’s not think about that.
Anyway, just to reflect…When I started using my iPhone back in 2008, I was excited to see how Apple’s technology was so user friendly and intuitive. A PC girl all throughout my college, grad school, and early working years, I soon realized how much I had missed. Here was this device (my new iPhone) that I could start using instantly and operating without having to feel lost or intimidated. I immediately saw how the iPhone’s user-friendly interface was very simple and so much fun to use. It was cool, powerful, simple, and made my life so much easier. How could a cell phone do all that? Truly amazing.
As a Speech Pathologist, I’ve used older technology to help clients communicate again after having suffered a stroke. The types of AAC devices that I was using were good and necessary; however, I felt like I spent most of the time just trying to troubleshoot them. I found that I was spending precious time just setting up what should have been a simple communication board. Not only were they complicated to navigate and program, those older AAC devices weighed half as much as I did and cost thousands of dollars. I kept finding myself saying, “I wish Apple would come out with an AAC device!” Well, the iPad and the apps that are now available through the iTunes store do just that…and so much more. As I write this, there are hundreds of apps available for communication as well as specific skills like articulation. There are also many apps that are useful to teachers and educators.
So now that I have my iPad, I am beginning to download apps! Do you have a favorite communication/speech therapy app? What is it? I’d love to gather a list of great apps for speech therapy. I will be sharing with you my favorites and making some recommendations.
Stay tuned for more on my adventures in app-land! 🙂
Did I mention that ilove technology??? um…well, ido.