Day 2

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Snow day in Athens!

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It is now the third snow day of the week, and I can’t stand the lazy anymore, so no better time to look up info on my 20% project. With a little help from Pinterest, I found an awesome blog that laid out some really cool apps that can be used anywhere on an ipad or iphone. While some of the apps mentioned are a little more for professional use, there are a few that I think parents could use with their kids with the recommendation of an SLP and advice on the areas that the child need improvement. Here is the blog:

http://majorspeechminorgirl.blogspot.com/2013/02/thank-goodness-for-pocket-slp.html?m=1 .

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So on this list, my favorite app for my purposes is the Magic Voice app. This app seems child friendly, and like one that wouldn’t be grueling to work on at home. I think my main goal is to find something that a child will actually enjoy doing so that they’re practicing without getting burned out. This app is free, but I think to unlock features you do have to pay a bit more (2.99?), but if it’s effective it could be worth it in the long run.

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I also liked “The R App” just because so many kids have a difficult time producing this sound during their younger years. This app seems helpful for parents because they can discover tips on how to help their child produce the sound correctly. My only issue with this one is that it’s less of a game and more of a therapy session, which is good, but I want something the kids will enjoy. I guess I’m coming up with more parameters for what I’m looking for. This app is around 5 dollars, but it’s more of a therapy tool and seems a bit more fancy.

I really like the idea of using apps, but I want to know if there’s something that kids without access to an ipad/ iphone can use. In an ideal world, kids who need to use this technology could check it out from a school/ public library and be able to utilize it as needed, but I know that public schools have other monetary priorities. I think my new task will be coming up with a more accessible solution for these kids, but the apps are a start.

Have a Happy, snow filled Valentines day!

Day 1

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When we were told in class that we would be working on a semester-long project on anything of our choosing (relating to technology and education) I was a little bit overwhelmed and had no idea what I would work on. With a little brain power, I soon realized I’ve always been passionate about two things: helping kids with speech problems, and making sure they have help at home as well as in the classroom. This led me to decide that for my 20% project, I’ll be exploring the technology available for patients of speech therapy to use for extra help at home.

For those of you who aren’t sure how speech therapy works in the classroom, a child with a speech disorder will spend about an hour a week with a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), broken up into two thirty minute segments. This of course varies with severity, but from what I’ve observed this is the average for public schools. These two thirty minute segments are really helpful for the student and get them started on how they can produce sounds the right way, but it always helps when a child has help at home too. 

The parent of the child is with them in the child’s most natural setting: at home. I really feel like the parent should have a way of helping the child at home, not even vigorously, just in a relaxed way. I’m sure technology can be a mode of helping the student while keeping them interested, and this extra practice could even expedite the speech therapy process in school. This is just how I feel about the subject, and it’s not really proven true as far as I know, but I’m really excited to explore how technology can aid in speech therapy in the home setting.