A colleague asked for my suggestions for apps a parent can use with a 2 year old. She wrote, "I need some advice on a brand new client of mine. I met him for
the first time this week. I will be seeing him at his preschool for one
hour a week. This boy is 2 y.o.. His dad
has an iPad and says that he enjoys using it. (I don't own an iPad).
Once this boy warms up to you, he does "speak" but you can understand
one single thing he says. It is all jargon. I am questioning whether
he may be on the ASD spectrum. I am wondering if there are any apps I
can suggest to the parents for them to use at home and/or to
use in therapy
if they will "lend" me the iPad for the sessions. I am not technology
savvy when it comes to Apps and I would greatly appreciate any advice on
where to start with this boy in terms of technology recommendations.
(and any other Tx recommendations!). HELP!"
I wrote back and asked what the short-term goals were. She answered, "Some of his Short-Term goals include: use 10 gestures/signs in
songs/play; use mama or dada; answer simple questions with single words;
name pix in a book; name snack given choice of 2."
Here were my suggestions:
: Toddler Sign (iSpeech), Pics Aloud, Smart Hands
Books: I Like Books---these are wonderful apps. There is a whole series of these iBooks.
Answer simple question
has a few apps you might want to look at. The pictures lend themselves to asking simple questions.
Snacks: I would use the real thing instead of an app for this one.
Chippy Talk, Talking Gina, Talking Anya, Talking Ben. These apps could
be used to encourage the child make sounds/say words.
Spot the Animals, Peekaboo Pets, Baby
I also suggested that she
instruct the parents on how to best stimulate speech and language
development interactively. I would show them what is done during sessions and ask them to do the same. I have handouts I give to the
parents to help them. I offered to email the suggestions. If any follower of this blog would like the same, please let me know and I will post it as a blog.
Great article. My daughther is 2 and has been diagnosed with autism. I am interested in knowing more of your thoughts on therapy techniques.ReplyDelete
Autism encompasses a wide spectrum of abilities. Therapy techniques must be individualized in order to meet the needs of the individual child. Without specifics, it is impossible to offer suitable techniques. However, it is very important to begin working with an speech pathologist as early as possible. Two is a great age to begin. The speech pathologist will best be able to guide you in techniques suitable for your daughter.ReplyDelete