Going back to work brought new changes for me. I went from a speech pathologist position at a middle school and the district’s AT Specialist to a speech pathologist position at an elementary school. This year, I was assigned to 5 days/week with a Pre-K – 5 caseload at the elementary school.
Since I previously worked at the middle school for 5 years, I forgot what it was like to work with a new caseload. A new set of children who are younger and display a wider range of disabilities. There was a good amount of prep work involved before seeing them for therapy. And, even after working with the children for a week, I find myself prepping a fair amount.
Since I service several children with autism at my new school, I have spent a sizeable portion of my prepping to create and find materials for them. The materials include Boardmaker supports (schedules, reinforcement charts, communication boards), social narratives, and iPad apps. My students are definitely engaged by the iPad. The size of the device is great for my small groups, and the interactivity of the apps really captivate their interest.
Here are my new favorite iPad apps that I started using this school year:
- Talking Tom Cat for iPad (free): TalkingTom, the cat, repeats what you say in a higher pitch
- Wood Puzzle ($.99): 14 puzzles for younger children to shake apart, then put back together
- Zoo You Later – Monkey Business ($4.99): an interactive book about monkeys who take their zoo keepers on a chase around and outside the zoo
- Interactive Alphabet for iPad* ($2.99): learn the alphabet with interactive flashcards
*I received a promo code for the Interactive Alphabet app.