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The Cost and Advantages of Implementing the iPad as a Learning Tool for Speech Therapy & Special Education

The Cost and Advantages of Implementing the iPad as a Learning Tool for Speech Therapy & Special Education

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The cost and advantages of implementing the iPad as a learning tool for speech therapy & Special education.
The cost and advantages of implementing the iPad as alearning tool for speech therapy & Special education.What will I needto implement theiPad into mytherapy?
The key tosuccessfullyimplementing the iPad into Speech therapy is toremember that you arethe therapist, not theiPad. The possibilitiesare endless, and the appsdesigned for therapy cando almost everything for you but be the therapist. As you expect apps tobecome more and moresophisticated it is time toreflect on the importanceof the user to take chargeof being creative and guiding the learning at all times.
Barbara Fernandes
However, regardless of your professionaltalents purchasing an iPad costs moneyand many times you may find yourself wondering how much will you need tospend on this new therapy tool. The iPadin of itself is a tool and needs accessoriessuch as apps and other hardware to giveyou what you need.Regardless if you will use personalfinances, grants, or school district fundsthe savings you have for using the iPadare significant when you compare it totraditional less dynamic therapyproducts.A recent online survey revealed that mostspeech therapists and educators spendtheir personal finances when purchasingapps. Lately, I have seen more and moreschool districts and grants that allowsspeech therapists to use funds forpurchasing apps, however a lot of convincing may still need to happen.School districts are slowly starting tonotice the advantages of the iPad and Ihope this document helps speechtherapists, and educators to gather moreinformation about the costs associatedwith purchasing an iPad and using it as atherapy tool.While the research to showthe therapeutic andeducational benefits of theuse of the iPad are verylimited, we can create adocument that describesthe financial benefits of thepurchase of the iPad, appsand its accessories.Recently I conducted anonline survey in whichpeople were asked wherethe funds to purchase appscame from, over 90% of responses indicated thatthey had purchased appswith personal finances.I hope this document shows you that it isnot just about the cost of the device, butapps and accessories as well.
 Modern technology bring interactivity, cost-savings, time efficiency whilepromoting learning. This document is a guide that set’s up costs of iPad, apps &accessories.
The cost and advantages of implementing the iPad as a learning tool for speech therapy & Special education.
The iPad has different connectivity options: Wi-Fi or WiFi+3G; WiFi+3G is a bit more costlythan wi-fi alone. While the vast majority of speech therapy and educational apps do not requirewi-fi, you may also want to check out the Internet settings at your work location in case youdecide to use the Internet on your iPad.If you choose the iPad without 3G, you will need to download your apps from your computer orwhen your iPad is on the network. If you choose the iPad with 3G, you will have to account forthe monthly expense of the 3G network with either AT&T or Verizon.
The iPad is the first item you willhave to purchase. The initial decision you need to make is: which kind of iPad will I buy? The first thing youwill need to figure this out is howmuch memory you will need. TheiPad currently offers 3 choices formemory size, the more memory youneed the more expensive it gets. The first thing I like to say is, “the size of memory is very personal and itdepends on your style of use.” Youhave to ask yourself, “will I be usingit primarily for therapy or will this bea device for home + therapy use?” Alot of people like to ask which size I have... I always answer, “it does notmatter”. I am a very different user,the iPad I own I use for variouspresentations, demos, videos, etc. So,my iPad personality may not apply to you. However, I do like to share somestatistics of my iPad.The statistics of my iPad can help you see how muchmemory educational, and speechtherapy apps can consume on youriPad.
Songs107Videos6Photos1,600Apps174 (16GB)Total space used21 GB
My iPad stats:
What does this mean? It means that I could own an iPad 32GB or 64GB but a 16GB would be too little memory formy use. However, this will give you a general idea for considering how you will allocate your memory.
WI-FI onlyor 3G?
The cost and advantages of implementing the iPad as a learning tool for speech therapy & Special education.
The cost of apps for Speech Therapy
Now that you have figured our how much you will spend on your device it is timeto figure out how much you will spend on a variety of range of apps. Get ready! I have included all the apps I have developed and additional apps in several areas asexamples of prices.
AreaName of AppPriceCost of traditionalproductSavings fromtraditional comparablematerial
Articulation AssessmentSunny Articulation & Phonology Assessment$49.99$199 ( for a non-standardized articulationtest)$150Articulation TherapyArticulate it!$34.99$228 ( for two sets of 540articulation cards)$193Articulation GameMatch2Say$19.99unable to nd a matchingcard articulation product0Articulation (focus on R)rIntensive SLP$19.99$59.99 Decks of R ashcards$40ArticulationSpeech Trainer$7.99$59.95 ( set of images withmouth placement)$52PhonologyMinimal Pairs Academy$34.99$139 ( minimal Pairs deck)$105Total cost of Articulation pps$167.97$695$540
It is evident that the savings of $540 dollars go beyond that number, because you get a lot more for your buck with the app.Let’s take the example of Articulation apps versus articulation flashcards. Most of the articulationapplications on the iTunes store contain over 800 images on it. Imagine carrying around 800 flashcard!?Besides the apps are not just digital flashcards, they track student data, create reports automatically andthe cards are always organized. The words on the iPad, unlike the flashcards, do not get torn, and do notrequire constant unscrambling.
16GB 32GB64GB
Wi-Fi$666$766$866Wi-Fi + 3G$796$896$996
Let’s now take a look at the numbers so far for iPad models + Articulation Apps:

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