Resources for iPhone/iPad Applications Useful for Therapy

Posted on August 17th, 2012 by Denise | No Comments

Resources for iPhone/iPad Applications Useful for Therapy

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Denise Koonce OTR

Blog, Twitter, Youtube, Tumblr, Wikispaces, Pintrest, Facebook, Kimble, to unfriend, Bebo, iPhone, iPad, and so on and so on and so on.  These are all words commonly found and used over the internet.  I believe Webster should produce a separate technology age pocket dictionary just so those of us who were born before 1990 can communicate with anyone who was born after 1990.  I simply stand in awe of the immensity yet ever changing World Wide Web.  I was therefore not surprised, when I begin to “surf” the internet for all the possible applications (apps) you can use on iPhones, iPads, and Droid phones, to find hundreds available.  It was a bit overwhelming at first but I was pleased to see that certain individuals in our respective fields took the time to list, categorize and assess many of them.  Some apps are free or very inexpensive and some are quite costly.  There are so many available it was difficult to decide where to begin.  So I choose to provide a list of websites that will lead you through the apps maze and on to the specific apps you decide to incorporate into treatment. 

Professional Websites

These are our professional websites which require membership in order to access the compiled application list or section with apps information.  APTA offers articles regarding iPhone and iPad applications and has additional information on www.webpt.com.  AOTA and ASHA have very extensive and categorized resource lists.   In addition, ASHA does allow you to use their internal search section for application resources without a membership but takes you to a site with several additional websites to search from.

American Occupational Therapy Association                        www.aota.org

American Physical Therapy Association                                www.apta.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association          www.asha.org     

Profession Specific Websites with free access

Advance has done a very good job of providing applicable iPad, iPhone, and Droid apps for therapy on their individual professional websites. 

Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners                www.occupational-therapy.advanceweb.com

Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine         

www.physical-therapy.advanceweb.com

Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists                                                                                                                                                                    

www.speech-language-pathology-audiology.advanceweb.com

Websites with an Occupational Therapy Focus

OT’s with Apps                                                                                  www.otwithapps.com

Not Your Average Therapy Bag!                                www.notyouraveragetherapybag.wikispaces.com

Websites with a Speech and Language Focus

Apps for Speech Therapy                                             www.appsforspeechtherapy.blogspot.com

Eric Sailers Speech-Language Pathologist                              www.ericsailers.com

Speech Language Neighborhood – Apps and Ideas for SLP’s and Parents                                                                                                                                                                                          www.speechlanuageneighborhood.com

Additional Websites

Applications for Children with Special Needs                       www.a4cwsn.com

I have listed only a handful of websites you can use to access and evaluate applications for use in therapy.   There are hundreds of applications to choose from and it takes time and money to try each of them out.  That is the benefit of these resources listed above; they have done a considerable amount of work for you.  You just need to determine which apps are appropriate to use with your patients. 

Please let us know your favorite iPhone, iPad and Droid applications you have used.  Share what has worked and what hasn’t.   Reaching out from the web!

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