TherAPPy Tools: iPad Apps for Pediatric SLPs (Recorded Webinar & Handouts)

Now available on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TherAPPy-Tools-iPad-Apps-for-Pediatric-SLPs-Recorded-Webinar-Handouts-7283613

I’m an SLP with over 30 years of experience who has used thousands of iOS apps on my iPads since 2012. Come learn from my extensive experience in using apps to target specific SLP goals.

This recorded webinar covers:

• General iPad tips

• iPad and iPad case recommendations

• How to improve iPad battery life

• Cautions about iOS updates and app updates

• Reasons to use apps in therapy

• Things to consider when using apps in therapy

• Guided Access & Screen Time

• Organizing apps

• How to find great apps

• Great free PDF viewer app

• What to look for in well-designed apps

• AAC resources

• Combining apps with toys, books, games & traditional SLP materials

• Suggested apps for over 50 SLP goal areas / needs with links to 29 app demo videos


Expected Learner Outcomes:

1. List at least three characteristics of high quality apps for use in therapy.

2. Select apps based on the unique needs of individual patients / students.

3. Use Guided Access & Screen Time to lock areas within apps, prevent exiting an app, prevent accessing specific apps, etc..

Expected Takeaways:

1. Access a current list of apps for SLPs sorted by goal areas.

2. Identify at least 5 apps to use with current patients / students on their caseload.

3. Know how to incorporate apps with traditional SLP materials, games, toys & books.


What’s included with the purchase of this product:

Recorded Webinar Video (1 hour, 9 minutes), viewable on the unlisted YouTube link provided in the Handout PDF

Handouts (87 page PDF): 1 slide per page, link to recorded webinar video, links to 29 app demo videos

If you want links to be clickable, please view the PDF in the free Xodo app (https://www.xodo.com), Books app or other PDF viewer.


Have a question? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


Thanks for taking a look at this product on my TPT store 😊

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC,

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

App Companion: Peppa Pig Theme Park (includes LAMP WFL vocabulary cards)

*** Special Intro Deal: $4.00 (33% off for the first month). Full price: $6.00 starting 10/24/21 ***

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/App-Companion-Peppa-Pig-Theme-Park-includes-LAMP-WFL-vocabulary-cards-7278815



This 28 page PDF includes:

Alphabetical master list of the Core Vocabulary

Opportunities for Core Vocabulary that can be targeted in each of the 10 areas within the Peppa Pig Theme Park app

45 vocabulary cards with LAMP Words for Life symbol paths that can be printed and used as a visual reminder of how to find each word in that AAC app

• Tips about the settings in this play app

• 4 tips for AAC intervention

• Info about play apps being on a separate device

• Visuals with Peppa Pig characters and names

• Info about the YouTube Kids app

• Info about free Peppa Pig printables

• Info about embracing high interest areas

The fun Peppa Pig Theme Park play app is very affordable, full of lots of opportunities for Core Vocabulary and is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire.


The app happens to be free today (9/24/21) but is definitely worth getting at the regular price of $2.99

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/peppa-pig-theme-park/id1060102144

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.peppapig.themepark

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Entertainment-One-Ltd-Peppa-Pig/dp/B018IKUKI0/ref=nodl_


Have a question? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

Thanks for heading over to check out this product on my TPT store!

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC,

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

Terms of Use: This handout was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting, OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2021 and beyond. Feel free to use it in your work. You may share it with those that you support directly for AAC (AAC users, parents, teachers, aides) but please do not forward it to other SLPs. You may not copy any part of this (including the content, layout, format, ideas or design) and reproduce it or distribute it as your own work. Please do not copy/paste this info onto blogs or save this PDF in any online groups or files.

Note: This purchase does NOT include the app. This app has a good history of being updated but I have no way to know whether or not it will always be available. There is content in this handout that could easily be used with other play based apps.

Big AAC app sales in October 2021… includes GoTalk Now on sale for only $10.00

Wow 🤩 Check out all the AAC app sales coming up. Thanks to Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC – SLP for having it all in one graphic. Be sure to mark your calendars. Some of the sales are very short. In particular the one for GoTalk Now is just a one day sale. What a deal for only $10 (or less for those who purchase apps in bulk).

New to AAC app sales?

  • Have your iPad ready to install apps. Some of these apps are “iPad only” which means you cannot purchase them via an iPhone. Make sure you have plenty of memory available on that iPad.
  • Look closely at all the info on Lauren’s post.
  • Mark your calendar and when the sale begins for the app that you want head over to the Apple App Store to check the price.
  • Make sure the sale price shows up before you purchase it. Prices may change at different times depending on your time zone.
  • Don’t wait until the end of a sale timeframe to get the app that you want. You don’t want to miss out.
  • Some of the deals are only available through the app developer. See Lauren’s graphic for all of those details.
  • Once a sale starts there’s nothing you have to do to get that price. That sale price will be what shows up in the App Store.

(Note: Prices vary outside of the USA based on the exchange rate)

New GoTalk Now AAC App Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/GoTalkNowAACappGroup

Here are the answers to questions about the upcoming GoTalk Now app sale that I received directly from my contact at Attainment Company, Inc.:

  • Yes the sale price will be available through the Apple VPP program.
  • Yes the sale price will be available worldwide for GoTalk NOW on 10/10/21.
  • No other versions or in-app purchases are part of the sale. The sale is specifically for GoTalk NOW as we are celebrating it’s ten year anniversary.
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    Hope this helps 😊 Be sure to set your reminders / write your post-it notes. The sale is only for 1 day (10/10/21). Also join the GoTalk Now AAC App – Ideas and Sharing group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/355075249651423/?ref=share

Head over to the post on her Facebook page for tappable links: https://bit.ly/3Axe6PA


Have a question? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

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Preparing for iOS 15: How to Turn Off Automatic Download & Installation of iPadOS / iOS Updates


Update: As anticipated there are problems with iOS 15. See this info https://www.imore.com/storage-almost-full-bug-affecting-ios-15-users


https://www.facebook.com/299529220125194/posts/4392644337480308/?d=n


https://www.facebook.com/730240590364759/posts/4341214415934007/


Preparing for iOS 15: How to Turn Off Automatic Download & Installation of iPadOS / iOS Updates

It is anticipated that Apple will be releasing iOS 15 very soon.

Historically the whole number iOS updates tend to cause problems. Several years ago I had an iPad “brick” and it had to be restored to factory settings. Almost every whole number iOS release has caused issues with AAC apps and therapy apps.

It is wise to wait for awhile for kinks to be worked out and for app developers to have time to release updates to fix any problems. And Apple often releases secondary iOS updates to fix issues. I typically wait several months and watch for posts from app developers indicating that it’s safe to install the new iOS.

Unfortunately the “default” setting on an iPad is usually for the iOS updates to be automatically downloaded and automatically installed. In order to prevent that from happening, please check the settings on any iPad or iPhone being used for AAC or as a therapy tool. Even if you have toggled it off in the past please take the time to check it again. I found that a recent iOS update had toggled it back on.

  • Go to Settings (grey gear) – General – Software Update – Automatic Updates – toggle off Download iPadOS (iOS) Updates

While you’re on that device now would also be a good time to make sure you have backed up all customized programming.


If you’re in a very large school district that has hundreds of students using iPads for AAC, then I’d check with your IT department to see what the options are for temporarily toggling off the automatic download and installation of iOS updates. If that’s not feasible in your district, then take this as a “heads up” that you may need to have paper-based AAC options on hand just in case they are needed.


What to do if you have an iPad on an older iOS: Unfortunately on very old versions of iOS there’s not a way to prevent the iOS update from downloading. But it should ask for permission before installing it. A sign that an iOS update has downloaded is a sudden large drop in available memory. To find that file to delete it on an older iOS, go into Settings – General – Storage & iCloud Usage – Storage – Manage Storage. Wait for the app list to populate and then delete the one with the grey gear. For example, I have an iPad Pro 9.7” that I purposefully kept on iOS 10.3.3 in order to avoid losing a bunch of apps when iOS 11 rolled out. By deleting that iOS update file I am freeing up 3.7GB of memory and helping to prevent an accidental update. I periodically get a notification asking me to update the iOS. I am very cautious to tap “Details” and then close out of it. Also go to Settings – iTunes & App Store – and toggle off Updates under Automatic Downloads.


Why am I concerned? As I’ve been working on an update for my large app resource guide I’ve run across numerous apps that have disappeared from the App Store. I haven’t seen this many apps disappear in mass like this since iOS 11 rolled out. That particular iOS caused problems with several AAC and therapy apps. Of course I have no way to know what will happen with iOS 15 but am seeing enough red flags to be concerned and to post about it. It’s heartbreaking when AAC users lose their voice when a new iOS rolls out and causes glitches. Now is the time to prevent that from happening.


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

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Updated AAC Feature Matching Chart (9-7-21)

Updated Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps

Did you know that Coughdrop has a cool new “Focus Words” feature? Focus Words offers a quick way to highlight a list of targeted words while dimming the rest of the buttons slightly (but all of the buttons are still active).

Want to stay up to date on all the newest features in the most commonly used AAC apps?

Check out this month’s update for the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps. The update has been uploaded onto my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853.


Ko-fi subscribers can access it on this post: https://ko-fi.com/post/Updated-Feature-Matching-Chart-9721-H2H564ELO


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

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Grid for iPad: a visual guide to getting started (new TPT product)

This visual guide walks you through the initial set up and customization process for the Grid for AAC app on the iPad.

*** There is one topic per page with visuals ***

It is perfect for those who are brand new to the app and want screenshots for every step in the initial set up, tips on choosing a grid set and customization options to help buttons stand out.


Preview Video:


Available for purchase on my TPT store: https://bit.ly/3ATuYj0


Want more specific details about this product?

It is a 65 page PDF that covers the following areas:

• Setting the course

• Presume Potential

• Multimodal Communication

• Involving the child to foster ownership

• Core & Fringe Vocabulary

• Importance of having access to a keyboard area

• Begin with the end in mind

• The screens that will be seen during set up

• Screenshots and info about the grid set options that are recommended

• Setting up a Dropbox account

• Tips for choosing a Grid Set

• Choosing a voice

• Providing the “opportunity” to try a robust vocab file

• Adjusting the settings to help the buttons stand out on the screen

• How to change the size & shape of individual buttons

• How to change the Symbol Skin Tone

• Areas on the Super Core 50 Home Screen

• How to find the “Find Word” to locate where words are stored in the app

• Info about the Magic Wand feature

• How to find the Grid Guide and Help area within the app and additional info on the Smartbox website

• Smartbox Community Group on Facebook

• Resources and free webinars on the Smartbox website

• Smartbox’s YouTube Channel

The last page has the link to an unlisted YouTube video (13:36) that’s provided to supplement this resource


If you want links to be clickable, please view the PDF in the free Xodo app (https://www.xodo.com), Books/iBooks app or other PDF viewer.


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

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Languages Available in the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps

Are you looking for info about languages supported in the most commonly used symbol-based AAC apps?

That is one of 98 rows included in my AAC Feature Matching Chart.

Here is a free one-page PDF with the “Languages” row from the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps: https://bit.ly/2VYeaZj (PDF)

It is also available as a freebie on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Languages-Available-in-the-Top-11-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-7148289


This is just one of the 98 rows included in the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC apps that can be purchased on my Teachers Pay Teachers store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

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Tech Tips: AAC & “Screen Time”

Have you encountered resistance to AAC use due to someone thinking that all “screen time” is bad?

Or they want to limit AAC options to only low-tech or no-tech out of a misguided fear that AAC use would expose them to “screen time” that could inhibit their development?

This free handout will help you dispel those myths with easy to understand info about the differences between active and passive screen time, key discussion points and links to where you can find more info from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association & the US Department of Education.

It’s available as a freebie on my TPT store: https://bit.ly/3xAqYCi


Want to save time and have tons of AAC info at your fingertips?

Check out info and shout outs for my Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/07/20/feature-matching-chart-for-the-top-11-robust-ios-symbol-based-aac-apps/.

It’s available for purchase here on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-11-Robust-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

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Tech Tips: Installing iOS Apps on Multiple Devices

Have you ever wondered how many devices you can load an iOS app on? Or the legalities surrounding app usage?

The new website for LAMP Words for Life has a nice simple summary. Here’s a screenshot:

https://lampwflapp.com/support/faqs.

Most major AAC app developers have similar info on their website or defer to the Apple info linked below.


I also frequently share this easy to understand info from Tactus Therapy:

https://help.tactustherapy.com/hc/en-us/articles/360024699251-We-have-lots-of-devices-How-many-copies-or-licenses-of-each-app-should-I-buy-


If you want to read more in-depth legal descriptions about this, read the Apple Media Services Terms and Conditions: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/us/terms.html.

See more about devices associated with an Apple ID: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204074. You can have up to ten devices (no more than five computers) associated with your Apple ID for purchases at one time.

And info about Family Sharing for those in the household: https://www.apple.com/family-sharing/ (FYI…. in-app purchases and subscriptions may not be eligible for Family Sharing)

School systems and other organizations can get a discount when purchasing apps in bulk. See the Apple School Manager info: https://support.apple.com/guide/apple-school-manager/how-to-buy-content-apde19b23f7f/1/web/1 (also: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206960 & https://www.apple.com/business/docs/site/Apple_Business_Manager_Getting_Started_Guide.pdf)


Note: Rules regarding app usage may vary outside of the USA


If you are looking for a way to share customized programming with another person who owns an app, check that AAC app company’s website.

Want to save time and have all of that info (and so much more) at your fingertips? Check out my Feature Matching Chart for the Top 11 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/07/20/feature-matching-chart-for-the-top-11-robust-ios-symbol-based-aac-apps/


This info is also available as a FREE handout on my TPT store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tech-Tips-Installing-iOS-Apps-on-Multiple-Devices-7127363


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids AAC Consulting Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

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