My students need a tablet in order to take advantage of speech and language apps that may help them improve their communication skills.
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Do any of these things look familiar to you? If you’re under 35 years old, probably not!
I am a speech-language pathologist, and these are the dated materials I must use on a daily basis with my students. We'd love technology, not dusty flash cards, to help us with our speech and language skills!
My school is located in a low-socioeconomic area, and for many of my students' parents, putting food on the table and a roof over their head is a priority, and improving speech and language skills simply is not.
Our school is a Title 1 school. Our teachers and staff work endlessly to give our students the advantages that students in higher-income areas have. I, too, would like to give my students access to more.
Much of our speech-language therapy materials are old and outdated. While I try to use what I do have the best I am able to, I think that my students deserve more.
As a part of speech-language therapy this past Christmas, my students wrote letters to Santa. So many of them asked for IPads and IPods, yet when returned from Winter break and I asked them what Santa brought, the answers were mostly, "nothing" or "shoes" or "clothes" or other essentials. Since Santa couldn't fulfill their wishes, I would love to while giving them a tool to help improve their communication.
There are so many speech and language applications available now that would benefit my students, and I hate that they currently don't get to use this technology.
A tablet would eliminate our dated, old, paper materials that are simply not relevant....who uses a record player anymore?!
It would allow me to be more effective therapist, as many applications can track data and create custom materials for students, two things that currently take up a big chunk of my time.
A tablet would also save our resources. I currently make a lot of my own materials - using paper, computer ink, glue, lamination, all of which cost money, which our school doesn't have. I would also have more time for intervention, staff development, parent training, and more because I will not have to use time to make materials as often.
I think teaching students to use technology early is also very important. In the future, I am certain we will rely more and more on computers, and exposing our students early is key.
The short-term impact on my students will be more personalized, efficient speech-language therapy sessions, which will hopefully translate into faster progress.
Long term, I belive the combination of improving speech-language skills while exposing my students to the newest technology will result in students that can communicate to the best of their ability while being able to use relevant, cutting-age technology.
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