Creating Relaxation Slide Shows on your iPod Touch

Looking for a fast easy way to create a relaxation slide show with favorite pictures and music on your iPhone/iPod without purchasing music or an app?

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The iPod Touch is a great personal device for students or clients to aid self-regulation. There are many apps for relaxation, calming or self-regulation but here is a simple way to create a customized relaxation slide show using favorite photos and music stored on your iPod or iPhone.
Here’s how to do it in 10 easy steps:
1. Take pictures of a favorite object or place using the camera on your device or find images on the Internet. If using Internet pictures, find copy right free images available from the Internet (see list for copyright free photo resources*). You can also easily copy Internet pictures by dwelling your finger providing the option of   automatically save the image to the Photo app on your iDevice.

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One of the students I work with loves cats. Cute cat images were very easy to find on Flickr,  one of the copyright free Internet photo resources.

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2. In order to create a slide show using favorite images  in the iOS Photo app, you will need to  go to the Camera Roll, tap on Albums to create a new album.

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3. Click on the “+” button to create a new Album and give it a name (e.g. Cats).

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Now you can tap the “Cats” Album.

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5. Tap on photos in your Camera Roll  you want to add to your new Album (e.g. adds 23  photos to “Cats”). Tap Done and your selected photos will be added to your Album.

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Additional photos can always be added or deleted by using the Edit button when in an album.

6. To add music to your album select the name of your new album. With the Album open, tap the first photo of the album.

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7. The photo opens and here is where you can add music to the slide show by pressing the play (>) button at the bottom.

8. A new dialogue box opens allowing choice of Transitions, Play Music (on or off). Slide the Play Music button to On. 

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9. Tap the Music button . Your music library is shown.  Tap on the desired song.

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10. Tap Start Slideshow. Your customized relaxation slide show is ready to go for your student or client. The music selected will remain attached to the album until you edit it.

After doing this once, the process is pretty easy only requiring locating images and music prior to creating a new Album. I am using this method of providing a customized relaxation slide show using the iOS Photo app as an on demand choice of a self-regulation activity for a student at school.  It does require numerous pictures to keep a slide show going for an extended time, but is easily customizable with pictures and music already synced to your iPod Touch as chosen by your student or client.

*In need of resources to find  copyright free and free images?

Here are a few to check out:

In need of free calming music?

I stumbled upon Purple trying to find calming music clips for free. Purple Planet offers royalty free sounds clips if you credit their website. I was quite excited to find Purple  which supplied me with a variety of royalty free music to try with specific students that was easy to listen to the download right from their web and download with ease. They have a whole list of calming music and ambient music titles that might be suited to students who might benefit from music that is calming in nature. Here is a screenshot of their website:

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Purple is one resource for downloading and transferring music from your PC to your iPod via iTunes. Instructions for how to upload music from your computer to your iPod Touch is found in the eHow article How to Transfer Music From my Computer to my iPod. Using appropriate existing titles purchased through iTunes certainly is another easy method of accessing music.

Interested in a list of calming apps for your middle to post secondary students (or adults)? Here is a link to 20 Calming Apps for Stressed out Students (and Teachers) from Edudemics.



About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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