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iPad, Apps and Children with Special Needs February 11, 2012 Anna Johnson Proprietary and Confidential
What You Will Learn <ul><li>Why the iPad and apps are perfectly designed to address developmental delays of children with ...
Why the iPad and apps are perfectly designed to address developmental delays of children with special needs in therapy and...
iPad for children with dev delays <ul><li>Touch-based technology makes it more accessible to a wider audience </li></ul><u...
Apps for children with dev delays <ul><li>Multi-sensory is critical for sustained periods of engagement </li></ul><ul><ul>...
How mobile devices can help children with special needs connect with the world around them.  Proprietary and Confidential
Cornerstones of special education <ul><li>Independence </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
Independence <ul><li>Assistive Apps – AAC, Visual Scheduler </li></ul><ul><li>Independent play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examp...
Inclusion <ul><li>There is no stigma associated with the iPad as there is with other assistive devices </li></ul><ul><li>I...
What’s a quality app and how to find them? Proprietary and Confidential
Criteria For Quality and Accessible App <ul><li>Play Immediately </li></ul><ul><li>Promote Feelings Of Success - Mistakes ...
How to find quality apps <ul><li>SNApps4Kids  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trained reviewers (OT, SLP, Teachers) </li></ul></ul><...
How to find quality apps <ul><li>Technology in (Spl) Education – grouped by IEP goal </li></ul><ul><li>Squidalicious </li>...
What to consider when integrating iPad and apps into the classroom and in therapy settings. Proprietary and Confidential
Considerations Before Integration <ul><li>Who are the users? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLP </li>...
Example of a Learning Support <ul><li>iPad as digital play-doh </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine motor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
Advice <ul><li>Assistive devices like the iPad can be used for temporary supports  </li></ul><ul><li>Have them available i...
Thank You Anna [email_address] www.injini.net @projectinjini (Twitter) Project Injini (Facebook) Proprietary and Confident...
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  1. 1. iPad, Apps and Children with Special Needs February 11, 2012 Anna Johnson Proprietary and Confidential
  2. 2. What You Will Learn <ul><li>Why the iPad and apps are perfectly designed to address developmental delays of children with special needs in therapy and in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>How mobile devices can help children with developmental delays connect with the world around them </li></ul><ul><li>What’s a quality app and the resources to find them </li></ul><ul><li>What to consider when integrating iPad and apps into the classroom and in therapy settings </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why the iPad and apps are perfectly designed to address developmental delays of children with special needs in therapy and in the classroom Proprietary and Confidential
  4. 4. iPad for children with dev delays <ul><li>Touch-based technology makes it more accessible to a wider audience </li></ul><ul><li>Screen size is better for children with low vision than iPod </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use because of intuitive interface </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone uses one – there’s no stigma associated with using one like other assistive tech devices. It’s cool! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Apps for children with dev delays <ul><li>Multi-sensory is critical for sustained periods of engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Touch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why is multi-sensory important? Differentiated learning and instruction – share audio processing examples </li></ul>
  6. 6. How mobile devices can help children with special needs connect with the world around them. Proprietary and Confidential
  7. 7. Cornerstones of special education <ul><li>Independence </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  8. 8. Independence <ul><li>Assistive Apps – AAC, Visual Scheduler </li></ul><ul><li>Independent play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ This is something my son can DO. He doesn’t need me. I don’t want him to have to need me all the time.” Shannon Rosa, Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, Squidalicious </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>iPad with Leo – 3.50 min - http://youtu.be/HpiVeC1Z3yI </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Injini </li></ul></ul></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  9. 9. Inclusion <ul><li>There is no stigma associated with the iPad as there is with other assistive devices </li></ul><ul><li>If you can navigate an iPad, side swipe especially, you can gain access to almost anything. Internet to connect with the outside world is especially important. </li></ul><ul><li>Peer play </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Toca Boca </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My First AAC </li></ul></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  10. 10. What’s a quality app and how to find them? Proprietary and Confidential
  11. 11. Criteria For Quality and Accessible App <ul><li>Play Immediately </li></ul><ul><li>Promote Feelings Of Success - Mistakes R No Big Deal </li></ul><ul><li>Simplified Rules </li></ul><ul><li>No Time limits – No Pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive Interface – be careful of text </li></ul><ul><li>Levels to support different abilities and development </li></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  12. 12. How to find quality apps <ul><li>SNApps4Kids </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trained reviewers (OT, SLP, Teachers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observe students with special needs play and use the app </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Judge for independence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate based on skill level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cognitive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fine motor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Auditory </li></ul></ul></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  13. 13. How to find quality apps <ul><li>Technology in (Spl) Education – grouped by IEP goal </li></ul><ul><li>Squidalicious </li></ul><ul><li>TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) </li></ul><ul><li>Special Education section of the App Store </li></ul><ul><li>For AAC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>#slpeeps on twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley – 2 week loan program </li></ul></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  14. 14. What to consider when integrating iPad and apps into the classroom and in therapy settings. Proprietary and Confidential
  15. 15. Considerations Before Integration <ul><li>Who are the users? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Temporary or Perm for the student? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age of the student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AAC, visual schedulers, visual stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning supports </li></ul></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  16. 16. Example of a Learning Support <ul><li>iPad as digital play-doh </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fine motor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tracing circles (iPad – pen and paper) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tracing letters (iPad – pen and paper, paint in a bag) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing name and other words </li></ul></ul></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  17. 17. Advice <ul><li>Assistive devices like the iPad can be used for temporary supports </li></ul><ul><li>Have them available in the classroom ready to integrate when a student benefits from the extra support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce frustration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps them engaged for longer periods of time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You don’t need an iPad for every child – it can be a shared resource among students (just like shared aids). </li></ul>Proprietary and Confidential
  18. 18. Thank You Anna [email_address] www.injini.net @projectinjini (Twitter) Project Injini (Facebook) Proprietary and Confidential

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