Love 'em or hate 'em, iPads® are everywhere, and the younger generations have fully embraced the technology. If you're a parent, you know how hard it can be to get the technology out of a child's hands. As groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics stress to limit screen time for children, you have to ask: Is using an iPad in therapy interventionsa benefit to your patient?
When you think beyond apps, games, and streaming video, the answer is yes.
Before integrating an iPad into a patient's therapy routine, it's important to first consider the social, physical, and cultural environments of your patient. Next, evaluate what the patient needs, what the environment supports, and match specific tools to their individual treatment plan. An iPad may be a great tool, but pencil and paper, a computer, or manipulatives might work better for the student for reasons as individual as the student themselves.