Working as a speech-language pathologist in the school-setting can sometimes get a bit messy from time to time. I have gotten my fair share of glitter glue on my favorite shirt, spilled water all over my laptop’s keyboard, and even almost dropped my iPad into a bucket of green paint (don’t ask, haha!). There are literally thousands of ways that we can get dirty in speech therapy, but one of the most important rules in Mr. Raj’s speech room is to try your hardest to keep the iPad as clean as possible because a clean iPad is one that is less likely to break. My motto is a clean and safe iPad is a healthy and happy iPad, so here are a few FREE downloads that I know can help your iPad to live a long and prosperous life.
We all need an iPad Promise!
My buddy Rachel created an amazing iPad Promise printable sheet that highlights the right way that students should interact with the speech therapy iPad. Her iPad Promise (which is a FREE download) reminds students to carry the iPad with the case closed, touch the iPad with gentle fingers, and so much more! Ever since I introduced this iPad Promise into my speech therapy routine, my kiddos have been much more caring towards my iPad, and that warms my heart like no other. I promise, you’ll love her iPad Promise so make sure you download it as soon as possible. Ya promise?
Silly iPad rules? Oh yes!
Rachel inspired me to make a pair of my very own iPad Rules sheets for a few of my students. But here is the kicker, unlike her serious rules, my rules are VERY silly. For example, one of my rules on the one sheet is Never let a real rhino sit on the iPad or another rule on the other sheet is Never put the iPad under a lawn mower. I know these are some wacky rules, but let me tell you, they are perfect for language therapy (i.e., explain to me WHY should we NOT let a real rhino sit on the iPad?). So by all means, please do download my FREE iPad Rules sheets and let me know how your students like ’em.
In closing . . .
Using iPads in speech therapy can be a real blast, but we need to make that sure our iPads are clean and safe so they can continue to be an option. So let’s make every effort to make sure our iPads are in tip top shape and that our students treat the technology with the love and respect that it deserves.
Oh, wait. I almost forgot to tell you something really important!
While we are on the subject of iPads, I just came out with a brand new app that I know will blow your mind. It’s called Open-Ended Articulation and it features a collection of over 500 open-ended questions designed for speech-language pathologists to use with individuals who exhibit difficulty producing the following speech sounds: S, Z, R, L, S/R/L Blends, SH, CH, and TH. If you are a fan of Multiple Choice Articulation, you will totally fall in love with this one, as well. With over 2 hours worth of fun and exciting audio questions and answers, Open-Ended Articulation will trigger a tremendous amount of fantastic conversation in your speech therapy room. Guaranteed! So, give it a try today by clicking HERE.
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