This past week I did some research into what technologies are available for the Speech-Language Pathologist. I had recently written to a classmate of mine and commented on how technology has exploded in the past 10 years. In graduate school, we were still using the tape recorder to capture live speech from our clients. Today, most people have smart phones in their pockets that allow them to capture the voice and store it in an MP3 format. It’s become almost effortless to obtain a quick articulation or language sample when needed.
During my perusing of information, I came across an older blog post from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) talking about blogging and podcasting for the SLP. This blog post was written by a talented trilingual SLP named Barbara Fernandes. One of Barabara’s accomplishments is a series of podcasts/vodcasts/screencasts that can be found at Geek SLP TV. I am really excited to find these resources. Barbara does a remarkable job explaining how to use technology and incorporate it into the therapy needs of the SLP. If you are an Apple user, Barbara has a series of informative tutorials on how to use Apple technologies. She provides some PC info as well.
Barbara is also the director and owner of a company called Smarty Ears, which develops all sorts of SLP, teacher, and parent apps that can be downloaded through the iTunes store. It is worth it to check out these resources. And although I need to look into this more, she has an app called the Sunny Articulation Test that is supposed to be a wonderful tool for the school based SLP. I’ll be checking into that later.
While looking through all of this information, it sparked a great idea for a blogical discussion. Why not see how many useful resources we can find and post to this discussion page? Even though we are educators with different backgrounds, it never hurts to have a vast array of resources to pull from. When you tell us about your favorite resource or resources, please include a link and give us all a description of what to use it for, why you chose it, and why you like it so much. At the end of the week, I’ll comprise a summary page and we’ll all have it to keep! Getting excited about starting this :) Talk with you all very soon.