Joan's Innovative Technology Treatment Solutions

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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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