iPad Apps: How to Search, Evaluate and Use in Treatment

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Dr. Jessica Fanning, SLP and Mira Shah, MS, CCC-SLP

Course Preview:

This 3 hour seminar helps take the guessing out of using iPad apps in treatment. Reviewing apps can be time consuming and confusing. This course will take you through a step-by-step process of critical thinking on how to find and evaluate apps used for treatment. Many apps will be reviewed by therapists who are currently using them effectively in treatment. There will be discussion on the broad and creative application of the apps, their limitations and how this all relates to evidence based practice. This course appropriate for treatment all ages.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe methods, tools and procedures to objectively evaluate an IPad application for effective use in treatment
  • Describe ways to use applications in a variety of settings for treatment
  • Identify ways to meet personal and emotional goals for patients when using IPad applications
  • Discuss how specific apps relate to evidence based practice.
About Mira: Mira Shah is a speech language pathologist who loves nothing more than seeing technology support the needs of students who use augmentative and alternative communication. She has worked with students who use AAC for nearly 20 years and designed an iPad application and curriculum Talk-about-AAC that supports the expressive language development of children with complex communication needs. She has spoken at several national conferences on the topic of AAC and currently works as a researcher at Microsoft Corporation focusing on inclusive design and accessibility.

About Jessica: Dr. Jessica Fanning directs the Fluency Clinic in the UO-SLHC and has worked with children and families since 1997 in school-based settings, behavior-based residential programs, clinic settings, and private practice. She has also held related administrative positions: International Clinical Liaison for a USA-Romania outreach program; Director of Interdisciplinary Services for a therapeutic organization in Colorado.
Jessica is passionate about teaching and clinical practice and her primary clinical interests fall in the areas of (1) fluency disorders; (2) behavior management and conduct disorders; and (3) family-centered language and play intervention. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on (a) evaluating and treating fluency disorders; (b) the use of iPad technology in clinical practice; (c) the efficacy of parent-directed intervention; and (d) the balance of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

10 minutes:  Introduction to categories of apps
30 minutes:  Objective ways to evaluate apps
60 minutes:  Specific apps used in treatment, use and evaluation of them
50 minutes:  More specific apps and use in treatment, including evaluation of them.
10 minutes:  EBP and apps
20 minutes:  Summary and Questions/Answers 

Disclosure statement:  
Financial: Dr. Jessica Fanning is a speaker for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial: no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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