Within the past few decades, technological advancements have demonstrated a significant influence in a broad range of contexts, including the therapeutic setting. Speech-language pathologists have been inundated with a myriad of technological choices to incorporate into their daily routines with young clients. However, there has been a lack of professional guidance in identifying technological applications that fall within the guidelines of developmentally appropriate practices, thus leaving SLPs at a disadvantage as they attempt to navigate the challenges of providing fun, meaningful, and engaging online activities for clients that are considered within the scope of best practices. The purpose of this presentation will be to deliver research-based information about technological tools that will assist students with speech and language disorders. Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours.
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Dr. Nikosi Darnell, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and developmental specialist with over 16-years of experience working with individuals across the lifespan in clinical, non-clinical, and hospital settings. She is a qualified and proven clinician with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders, clinical supervision, virtual learning, telepractice, child growth and development, executive function skills, educational technology, parent and caregiver education, and professional development. Nikosi has enjoyed teaching online and blended courses for university level students, and continues to instruct parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists through seminars, webinars, and conferences.
Financial — Nikosi Darnell is a presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Nikosi Darnell has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Rebekah McPherson, PhD, is an educational technology specialist with over 16-years of experience at the collegiate and non-collegiate level. Her teaching axiom is, teach teachers the way that you want teachers to teach their students; it's all about modeling best practices. Rebekah specializes in the areas of blended and online education, career and technology education, change agents in schools, digital tools for the K-12 educator, and mobile device integration into teaching and learning.
Financial — Rebekah McPherson is the presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Rebekah McPherson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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"I like Sean Sweeney's criteria for assessing app choices. I think I will share the AAP guidelines with parents regularly....that resonates with me as a therapist and a mom." N.P. (Oct. 2021)
"The examples of the various apps were beneficial for my daily practice. The real life application to the therapist child and his improvement was fantastic." B.R. (July 2021)
"Apps and link for company that has apps for special needs is beneficial." L.R. (June 2021)
“I enjoyed the additional information about other ways to use apps. And the resources to review apps.” – C.H. (Jan. 2021)
“Excellent source of apps to use in speech therapy. The presenters were very knowledgeable.” – M.G. (Aug. 2020)
"I love how practical it was for right now. I very much enjoyed the walk through app recommendations that were given and the rationale for each. Thank you so much for putting this together!" – A.H. (June 2020)
"The examples of specific criteria for selecting apps, the Bridging Apps resource, and recommendations of apps to address specific areas of speech & language were helpful." – D.E. (May 2020)
"Going over what the indicators of a good app are was the best part. I liked the different references and the indicators of a good app. I expected more information on apps to assist adults. It was a good course." – A.S. (Apr. 2020)
"I loved the different apps and how to choose the best ones. I enjoyed all the info. I thought the course was great!" – B.F. (Mar. 2020)
"I liked the review of the apps, but more app reviews would have been nice." – L.W. (Jan. 2020)
"I thought that other technology would be discussed, not just apps." – I.F. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked the discussion of how students become knowledge producers: active learning, engagement in learning, meaningful learning, and social interaction. I would have liked some examples of APPS that were for much lower skilled clients of mine, including for apraxia of speech and autism. The APPs you presented were too high level for my client, who is 24. However, I will be able to use MY Play Home and MY Play School with him." – V.F. (Oct. 2019)
"As an adult-focused medical SLP serving high levels of dysphagia needs, the content will indirectly benefit my practice on an intermittent basis. I liked the intro/history/research, specific app suggestions for language-based therapy, app demos w/specific examples of SLP goals, references to BridingApps, Apps for Expressive. However, I expected some Adult-focused cognitive-communication/speech-language apps, sound/acoustic-based apps, AAC options to be covered." – W.D.B. (Oct. 2019)
"I liked learning about new apps. The discussion on using apps to create books to personalize therapy for meaningful learning." – C.F. (Aug. 2019)
"This was an excellent course. I liked the demonstrations of how to use apps that are not specifically speech and language-focused but more open-ended to target a variety of speech and language skills. Seeing the use of the apps demonstrated empowers me to do the same with other apps as well." – L.C. (July 2019)
"The actual usage of each app was most helpful." – W.S. (June 2019)
"I liked the links for apps/resources." – L.E. (May 2019)
"The specific apps that were recommended were most beneficial. I liked how they explained how to determine which apps would be most useful." – A.B. (May 2019)
"The apps were really good. I like that it showed apps I will be able to use in therapy." – J.N. (May 2019)
"I am planning to return to work in the near future, and the whole area of using technology in therapy is new to me. This was extremely enlightening and practical." – A.Q. (Apr. 2019)
"I liked the pace and ability to stop and take notes and go at our own pace. The discussion on Activity Theory as basis for integration of activity into learning was most helpful." – S.M. (Apr. 2019)
"I enjoyed the research findings, AAP Media Use, and seeing the Apps." – M.S. (Mar. 2019)
"I do not incorporate enough technology into my sessions. I have shied away from it because I didn't know where or how to begin. This course has given me the tools I need. I like that the presenters shared their favorite apps." – K.R. (Dec. 2018)
"Going over how to utilize evidence-based decision making to select app was most beneficial." – L.G. (Dec. 2018)
"I appreciated the practical application of how to select apps and specific apps to use for each deficiency area." – J.J. (Nov. 2018)