Technology’s Emerging Frontier in Speech-Language Pathology, Part 2–Resources

Child with iPhone

Photo by jenny downing

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I wrote about a project I worked on researching technology in education and in speech-language pathology. The following is the  list of resources I mentioned in that post, which I think serves as a good starting off point to incorporating technology into practice:

  • Avocado Technologies–this website provides many great websites and articles related to speech-language pathology. It is a great starting point for finding current technology related to the profession.
  • Q&A: Digital Media and the Evolving Classroom–this is a blog post written in Q&A style with an award-winning journalist talking about digital media in the classroom. She describes how, in a short amount of time, there has been a huge shift in our culture regarding technology.
  • Education and the Future of Technology–this 5-minute video brings up several very important factors about the world we currently live in. However, some of the facts presented may be out of date when viewed simply because our world is constantly changing.
  • Phonetics Flash Animation Project–this website provides animated articulation of all the phonemes, vowels and consonants, in English, German, and Spanish.
  • Geek SLP–this great website provides many great resources, articles, blog posts, and information about new apps for technology covering language and speech.
  • Starfall–a great website geared toward pre-k through 2nd grade children learning to read. The website provides fun activities that focus on the phonics of reading.
  • TinyEYE Therapy Services–TinyEYE Therapy Services provides SLPs to school districts through telepractice, a delivery model commonly referred to as online speech therapy.
  • Technology Impacts on Education–this 2010 article describes the impact that technology has on education and how it continually changes the way we learn.
  • Speech Gadget–this blog contains good information regarding new aspects of technology. All therapy materials, websites, applications and gadgets mentioned in this blog are discussed as potential tools to aid in the development of speech and language skills.
  • TherapyApp411–this blog provides reviews and other content regarding apps and devices from a therapists’ perspective- SLPs, OTs, PTs or other disciplines. The posts reflects personal experience with apps and places them in the context of therapy sessions.
  • ASHAsphere–ASHAsphere is the official blog of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. ASHAsphere is intended to inspire discussion about issues related to the fields of audiology and speech pathology, and features posts from a variety of authors, including communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professionals and ASHA staff.
  • Speech Techie–this blog is about fostering language development through contextualized intervention. The author presents interactive educational technologies through a “language lens.”
  • Readeo–this website combines video chatting with interactive book reading for young children. It is designed to connect families through reading children’s books remotely. “Readeo lets you and your loved ones flip through the pages of a virtual book while seeing and talking to one another on-screen—just like if you were in the same room.”
  • The Hanen Centre–this program provides resources and training for professionals to help preschool children develop the best possible language, social, and literacy skills.
  • Apps for Speech-Language Pathology Practice–ASHA’s new section for school-based SLPs is a great starting point for more information regarding applications for technology and insurance funding.
  • Spectronics iPhone/iPad Apps for AAC–this is a comprehensive list of AAC applications for the iPhone/iPad. It contains a variety of apps that contain pictures and symbols only, text-to-speech, and text-based apps only.
  • 5 Classic Children’s  Tales Reinvented for the iPad–this article reviews interactive children’s books for the iPad. This new technology provides new opportunities for literacy engagement and a new learning tool.

These links were compiled from avocadotech.com, asha.org, and some of my own research. I simply chose my favorite links and provided a brief annotated list to share.

What other resources do you recommend? Please share in the comments.


Michael Tanner, BS, is a graduate student at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. With the support of his wife and family he is preparing to graduate in June and begin his career as a school-based SLP in the Fall.

Comments

  1. Much thanks, Michael, for your mention of SpeechTechie (and really summarizing its mission well) and TherapyApp411, along with these other wonderful resources. Great and insightful 2-parter! Good luck with your endeavors!

    • Michael Tanner says:

      It was a very interesting research project. I am excited for what the future has in store and am thankful for great websites that provide good information. Onward and upward!

  2. I am adding another great website created by a friend and fellow student at Portland State University that she created for her graduate experience. She worked very hard on this website and it turned out very well and has great clinical application. Cheers!

  3. Michael Tanner says:
  4. Hi Michael,

    Thank you for including TinyEYE in your impressive list of resources!

    I have already checked out a few of these links this morning and I feel so enthusiastic about what we have at our fingertips to engage children in learning as well as for connecting people like never before. Aren’t ya glad we all didn’t stop at the “typewriter”?! Whether we move forward one step at a time or with a giant leap of faith, technology is the new “synapse” in our world. Thanks for taking the time to showcase these options! ~Marnee

  5. This is a great blog! We love to feature new apps and technologies on our blog. Please fill us in and we will feature yours!

  6. Thank you for a great article Michael! What an amazing profession we are part of!

  7. Claudia meyer says:

    This is a great compilation of resources. I will definitely refer students from PSU here and other SLPs in the community!

  8. Hi Michael,

    Thanks from me to for including my Apps for AAC List on the Spectronics site – and for compiling this fabulous list of resources. It will be really great to use it myself and to refer others to it.

    Cheers

    Jane

  9. This series and related list is a great compilation of resources to help families and professionals effectively integrate mobile technology into therapy and home programs.

    As SLPs and early intervention specialists, Dawn Ferrer and I created an app for the iPad called, “That’s Silly”, which is an activity of absurdities. It’s meant to be used with a parent or professional to facilitate learning through fun and shared enjoyment.

    We’ve also co-founded “Morning2Moon Productions: SLPs, Educators, and Innovators” and focus on “teaching techniques to master the tools”. We look forward to collaborating with all who are interested in maximizing this technology to build communication.

  10. You mispelled http://www.Avocadotech.com.
    Besides that great post!

  11. Technology on the therapists’ side can help keep patients safe. Policy technology, for example, allows therapists to access certain procedures anytime, anywhere they need it: http://www.policystat.com/blog/2012/06/19/policy-management-for-speech-language-pathology-and-physical-occ-therapy/

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