Sunday, September 29, 2013

Update On My 20% Project

After researching the use of apps in Speech therapy, I now understand the extent to which many different apps can be used as therapy tools.  Even though using apps as speech therapy tools is a fairly new idea, there are already hundreds of different kinds of apps that are directed towards specific speech impediments.  The Speech Pathologist can use these apps to work with the patient, and to have the patient practice on their own.  I think that these apps can be very useful to Speech pathologists and their patients because they are new and exciting, and are effective and fun.  

There are many different apps for different speech disorders.  Some of the apps focus on:

1) vocal apps
2) articulation apps
3) apraxia of speech apps
4) fluency/voice/hearing apps
5) expressive language apps
6) syntax apps
Here is a link to examples of these apps
These are just a few examples of the many different apps that are available for Speech Pathologists to use in speech therapy.  For some children, going to Speech therapy is not always an easy thing.  Children may be embarrassed or scared to go, and through the use of these apps, the Speech Pathologist can make it a fun and enjoyable place to be.  By using therapy games, the Speech Pathologist is able to work on the patients speech impediment while allowing the patient to play and have fun. These speech apps should be used as aids in speech therapy, not as a sole-treatment method.  Although many of the apps can be used outside of therapy sessions for practice, some applications should be used solely under the observation of the speech-language pathologist. 

After learning about the different kinds of apps and how they are used in speech therapy, I have decided to create a screen capture video on how to use some of the speech applications for practice outside of therapy.  I will explain more about the apps and preform a demonstration of how the applications can be used.  My goal is to create a product that shows how technology is used in speech therapy, and how speech therapy can be fun and exciting, inside and outside of the therapy room.

For my final presentation, I plan to show my screen capture product on how to use some of the speech therapy apps.  I hope to create a product that is not only easy to learn from, but that is informative and interesting.  My product will show how speech therapy is advancing further into the world of technology, and how technology is an important aid to speech therapy.                   

Monday, September 9, 2013

Extended Comment About Blog Post

This is a blog site that I found that relates to how technology is used in Speech/Language Pathology.

    In this blog, Tanner explains that speech pathologists are beginning to incorporate more technology within speech therapy.  Speech pathologists are exposing students to new and different technologies while working towards language and speech goals, which will help children adapt to a future involving continued use of technology.  The use of technology will keep the students attentive and motivated which will help in the efficiency of treatment of the students speech/language disorders.  It is important for the speech pathologists to keep an eye on the ever growing technology, because the technology devoted to speech/language pathology is just beginning.  Tanner explains that the way in which speech pathologists use technology is even changing.  There are continuously more and more blogs reviewing different treatment apps and therapy ideas which SLPs share with each other.  This blog showed me that technology is an important tool in speech therapy, but also as a way for SLPs to communicate and share with each other.

Below is another blog site I found on how technology is transforming speech/language pathology.

    This blog explains how technology such as tablets and apps are being used as therapy tools in speech therapy.  Tablets are fun and motivate patients to keep on practicing, even when exercises become repetitious.  Clients want to use the tablet, and a motivated client is an improving client.  Because tablets are so versatile, they allow the speech pathologist to use them with people who have a wide range of diagnoses and needs.  Tablets are also portable and light, which means the speech therapist can take his or her tablet from client to client.  There are many different apps that are available for therapists, and this blog lists and explains some if its favorites.  Some of these apps include: Comprehension TherAppy, iName it, Language Forest, Naming TherAppy, SLP Goal Bank, and many more.  The tablet allows the speech therapist to use the different apps to captivate and work with the client no matter their age or diagnoses.        

20% Project- Driving Question

Question: How is technology used in Speech/Language Pathology?

I decided to do my 20% project on "How technology is used in Speech/Language Pathology" because I would like to learn more about the use of technology within speech therapy. Speech and language has always interested me and I want to be able to help people who cannot speak or who have difficulty with speaking.  My passion is working with children and I hope to one day become a Speech Pathologist within a school.  When I was assigned this project, I thought it would be very interesting to learn about how technology is used as a therapy tool in Speech Pathology.  After a little research, I found that technology is used to motivate patients and help them practice their speech/language skills. Many different educational apps are now being used in therapy to collect data, record conversational samples, and to motivate students.  The use of technology can aid in the efficiency of treatment of speech/language disorders by keeping the attention and motivation of the students.  Because language is social, the use of technology is just a therapy tool for gaining the student's attention so that more opportunities for interaction can occur. Different types of technology such as iPads and computers are now used in speech therapy.  These motivate the patient to keep on practicing because it is fun.  The versatility of iPads and tablets allows a speech pathologist to use them with a wide range of people that have different diagnoses and needs. Technology is always growing and changing and it will continue to be a very useful tool within Speech/Language Pathology.