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Students Benefit Using iPads For Speech Therapy

March 28, 2012, 5:03 PM by Nicole Winters

Students Benefit Using iPads For Speech Therapy

We've seen how iPads can be used in traditional classrooms for learning. They're also proving to be beneficial for Special Education students. One Sioux Falls Speech Therapist says she’s seeing the benefits with her students.

Seeing an iPad in a classroom is now just about as normal as seeing a notebook.

"I use them to replace things that used to be some paper and pencil tasks," speech therapist Terri Jensen said.

And they're not just used in traditional classrooms.  Jensen uses them in her Special Education classroom at Patrick Henry Middle School.

She's found the animated technology can help students with articulation, language and even following directions.

"I have one I use for fluency, students with stuttering; it's endless," Jensen said.

Jensen has downloaded hundreds of apps and she says they're a big benefit to all of her students no matter what level they're at.

"I use it for everything from extremely developmentally delayed and autistic students all the way through gifted," Jensen said.

Jensen has seen a difference in some of the students, especially those who have a hard time concentrating or working with others.

"It gives them independence, and it's something that's motivating and it engages them," Jensen said.

It also gives the students a feeling of fitting in because they're using a tool their peers use.

"It makes them blend in, so to speak; they're not embarrassed to use them," Jensen said.

She also finds iPads can be used as a reward when students complete other assignments because many find it more fun.
But Jensen herself also finds the new age way of learning something even she doesn't want to do without because of the benefits she's seen.

"I don't know if I could go back to not having one.  It's great," Jensen said.

Jensen has two iPads and an Apple TV in her classroom. The technology, along with many of the applications, was purchased through grants she received from the Education Foundation both last year and this year.

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