As an Occupational Therapist we work with many tools to improve fine motor, perceptual motor, sensory processing/regulation and perceptual skills and self care skills. I also recognize the power of visual, novel and interactive activities to aid in motivating and engaging students in learning. Many of our students with behavioral, attentional and mental health challenges have significant difficulty with motivation, specific interests to engage them in learning. Although as OT’s we have many wonderful tools and tricks in our bag, an iPod or iPad is another powerful, highly portable, on demand tool that can calm, engage and teach our students!
This goal of this blog is to share some of the apps, equipment and experiences using iPods and or iPads for special needs students. Although it has been somewhat recent, it has been an eye-opening and exciting journey. I hope you find helpful information and also share your experiences and resources about the use of iDevices as another OT tool in the school.
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