Joan's Innovative Technology Treatment Solutions

Posts From April, 2013

Cool Tools that Record As You Write and Creative Ways to Use them

There are a myriad of affordable options now available that link written notes with the audio. It is very powerful when everything is recorded that is said aloud as you write. When you tap on a certain place in the notes- you replay what was heard at that moment. 

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Pictures, Screenshots and Scans, More than Just Images

Use photos to help daily life

Images can be used to greatly enhance communication and learning- especially when individuals have difficulty with speaking, reading and writing. The use of pictures can also save time and data downloads. I think that many of us tend to focus on using software and apps to help others and often forget about using other functions of devices such as cameras and screenshot capability.

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Cause and Effect Apps to Help Individuals with Severe Cognitive and Communicative Challenges

Some of Joan's top picks and strategies for using simple interactive apps to help young children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

I am often asked to help individuals explore the potential of using the iPad to enhance communication and learning. There are many students who are making very little, if any, progress in their current educational setting despite many years of intervention. They are unable to show what they know or express themselves. ...I am consulted to try something new- the iPad. It does not work miracles- but it can be a helpful tool in engaging others and creating joint attention, environmental awareness and focus which is often where therapy needs to start.

 

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Using Music in Therapy

Top picks for music apps to help people who have communication and cognitive challenges such as autism spectrum disorders, aphasia and head injuries

It is well known that music is a wonderful tool that can be used to enhance communication skills and make therapy more enjoyable for people young and old. ...Some of the apps turn the iPad into a musical instrument, some provide lyrics or up close lip movement while singing and others can be used to play favorite musical selections....Here are a few of the apps/online sites with music that I find myself using repeatedly to make our sessions more fun and effective. There are hundreds of music apps available.

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Games on the iPad for improving and mild-mod. visual perception and cognitive deficits

Games can be effectively used during treatment sessions and as part of independent practice programs to bring a bit of fun into the learning process. Playing games can reduce stress, help participants enjoy acquiring new skills and help individuals with communication and cognitive challenges find new ways to interact with others...Games can be rich in creating opportunities to practice communication and cognitive skills. They may need to be changed and adapted in ways to meet the needs of the client and to work toward established goals. This can be accomplished by exploring and selecting options that are provided in the game, changing what the client is expected to do or by varying the amount of assistance provided during the game. 
 
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Helping Our Children at Home

Enhancing Communication and Progress toward Goals through Play

Play is how children learn. As parents, therapists and teachers, many of us get caught up in the day to day chores we need to keep up with our hurried lifestyle and may forget about how important it is for us to have fun and actively play with our kids. When people of any age are happy and engaged, they learn better. Structured play with specific goals in mind is a great way to promote progress toward communication, cognitive and even literacy goals. Many families need help learning how to play with their children..... In my experience, many parents do not receive enough direct communication and support from the professionals who are helping their children.

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