Technology & Speech/Language

iPads, iPods,  & Apps

Many students are able to benefit from the incorporation of iPad technology during select Speech/Language sessions, when used in conjunction with other therapy materials and with the appropriate guidance and interaction. There is an extremely wide variety of apps.  Some of the best apps are even free, while others can be rather costly. Listed below are a few traditional and non-traditional apps.

FireFly for Kurzweil (Free): Mobile extension to Kurzweil.

Custom Boards: Create customized activities, schedules, and boards using built in symbols from the Smarty Symbols library with the ability to add your own photos.

Go Talk NOW (free version): Create customized communication boards. Able to import photos, take photos with iPad camera, add text, add background, add voice, and you can choose between the number of 'buttons'.  A 'full' version is also available.
Do you use Go Talk NOW?  Here is a great tutorial/manual provided by the developer:
Go Talk Now Manual

Dragon Dictation: (Free) Provides Voice-to-Text with the ability to export notes via email, etc.

QuickVoice: (Free edition) Create voice notes, can be exported via email, etc.

DocScan HD: (Free) Scan documents with the ability to crop, edit, draw, and export/send via email.

Proloquo To Go: A full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. Provides text-to-speech.

Pictello: Create talking photo albums and photo books.

Articulation Station: Offers a comprehensive approach to articulation practice. Purchase individual sounds, or purchase the professional edition (with all sounds included).

Toca Boca Apps: Toca Boca develops interesting, fun, and novel apps that are especially useful for language development and social communication. Apps: A great collection of apps to address vocabulary, language development, and early verbal reasoning skills.

Grasshopper Apps: A great collection of apps that address a very wide range of skills, such as: vocabulary, concepts, early problem solving, early reading, counting, matching, etc.

Super Duper Apps: A collection of apps based on Super Duper's Fun Decks.  The apps are not as interactive as other apps and are more similar to a flashcard-based approach.

Smarty Ears Apps: A developer of a large series of apps, with continual production of new apps, that address various skill areas within Speech/Language.

Mobile Education Tools: An app developer who provides a series of apps designed to increase language skills.

Catalyst HD: (Free) App for collecting, managing, and using data for behavior/skill tracking.

Model Me Going Places 2: Visual teaching tool.  Photo slideshows of children modeling appropriate behavior (social stories) in various community locations.

Zanny Born to Run: App/story about a boy who has difficulty staying 'still'.

Now What: (Free) Developed for students/children who have difficulty with transitions.  Create task lists/schedules.

Dusty D. Dawg Has Feelings Too
: (Free) Story about a feelings and emotions.

Cookie Doodle (and other Doodle apps): Follow recipes and create cookies. A great app for following directions, taking turns, sequencing, and retelling events.

Speech/Language Blogs, Wikis, etc.
Apps for Children with Special Needs
PediaStaff on Pinterest (Great Materials!)
Peachy Speech Blog
If I Only Had Superpowers Blog
Play on Words Blog
GeekSLP Blog
Pathologically Speaking Blog
Speech Techie Blog
Mommy Speech Therapy Blog
PediaStaff on Pinterest: List of Therapist Blogs
Technology in (SPL) Education (website/blog) (Grafton SLP; apps and activities)

Other Tablet Devices
iPads are not the only device that can be of benefit in education with students with or without special education needs. 
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Kindle Fire

AAC Resources and Products: Switches, Communication Devices, etc
SWAY: Switch You-Tube Access
Adaptive Switch Labs
Attainment Company
Don Johnston
Laureate Learning
Mayer Johnson
R.J. Cooper

AT Lending in Wisconsin (Need a device?  Check here!)
Wisconsin AT 4 All

Other Assistive Technology
Go2Web2.0: Comprehension list of Web 2.0 tools and applications
Discovery Education Web 20.12: List of Web 2.0 Tools by area of need
Tech Tools list by Sioux Falls School District
Kurzweil 3000: A software program that allows printed material to be scanned into the computer (document, book, newspaper, etc.) Sentences and words are highlighted as the computer reads the text aloud. Text can also be edited. Ability to use a split screen for note taking, access to graphic organizers, etc.
Kurzweil 3000 Quick Tips (by Sioux Falls School District)
Web 2.0 for Educators Pinterest Board

IEP's and AAC
AAC Checklist
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