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The iPad & the SLP in 2020 and Beyond: Interactive PDF Resource List of iOS apps, Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, Teletherapy Resources and Online Resources – organized by goal areas, themes and topics (updated 1-14-21)

 

The iPad and the SLP in 2020 and Beyond - a new free interactive resource from OMazing Kids

Happy Cyber Monday! We are all using technology now more than ever in 2020. There has been a significant increase in Speech Language Pathologists and parents asking for app recommendations in the midst of this pandemic since so many are doing distance learning and teletherapy.

 

So I spent the past 8 months creating this FREE resource to help fellow SLPs and parents. 

A big shift has taken place in the iOS App Store kids and therapeutic app market since I posted my original big app list on 12/31/16 (https://bit.ly/3js1CA7). Many of those apps are no longer available for purchase and some have totally disappeared. I chose to leave that post up as a time capsule of the apps that existed then plus it’s helpful to have the names for older apps when you want to find an app in your “Purchased” area in the App Store. 

This is a fresh resource list with items that were all verified as being available and links verified as working at the time they were added over the past 8 months.

 

An iPad is only as good as the apps that you load on it. Think of the iPad as being the toolbox & the apps within it as tools. Many high quality apps specifically designed by SLPs for SLPs allow you to do in-app data collection, look at data over time, e-mail reports, and swipe through stimulus cards rapidly which allows you to get in more reps. Plus many kids are highly motivated by anything presented on an iPad. Having most of the major robust AAC apps at my fingertips to try at any moment was life changing for many of my patients.

Don’t have an iPad? No worries…. there are tons of things besides apps included on this resource list: Boom Cards, Teachers Pay Teachers materials, online games, green screen resources, tips for screen mirroring, document cameras, etc… In the Articulation section I included info about Android versions of apps. If you are a pediatric SLP or a parent of a child with special needs, I promise you’ll find something on this list that you’ll love!  I provided services for kids, teens and young adults (birth – 21 years of age) for 28 years so I have a vast and varied collection of apps and other materials and resources targeting almost every goal and theme you can think of. 

This is a “vetted” list with a mix of paid and free items. With very rare exceptions, I only share info about apps and resources that I have actually downloaded and tried and only post about those that I see as being either helpful in therapy, classroom or to parents of kids with special needs. There are thousands of apps in the App Store and thousands of other resources so it can be difficult to find ones to best meet our needs as SLPs.

The interactive PDF is not intended to be printed due the number of pages (currently 253 pages), number of links and since it will be periodically updated. It will be most useful to save the PDF in the Books/iBooks app on your iPad and iPhone where you can tap on links to apps and resources and hyperlinks within the Table of Contents to jump to that section, zoom in and scroll. It should work in the same way on Google PDF Viewer for those wanting to view it on an Android tablet or phone. It can also be viewed and used in Adobe Acrobat or other PDF Reader software on a computer.

Other Important Info: None of the links in this document are “affiliate” links and nobody “paid” to have their apps, resources or products included. I am providing this as a FREE unbiased resource from OMazing Kids. That integrity is more important to me than any potential money I might have been able to make by selling this as a resource on Teachers Pay Teachers or on my blog. I may venture into creating Boom Cards and TPT materials in the future but at this point everything that I have created remains free on my blog.

 

Want to suggest an app or resource to be added to this list? The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

  • If it’s a free iOS app, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can try it out.
  • If it’s a paid iOS app and you are the app developer, please send the link from the USA App Store so I can look at the info before you send a promo code. I want to make sure that one of my iPads or iPhone is compatible in order to try it out.
  • If it’s another type of resource that’s free, please send the link so I can try it out.
  • If it’s another type of paid resource, please send the link so I can take a look at the info before sending me a free copy.

Found a broken link or an app or resources that is no longer available? I anticipate that there may be apps and resources that have disappeared over the 8 month timeframe that I worked on this document so please let me know if that happened or if you notice that any have disappeared in the future. The best way to reach me is via Facebook messaging over on my OMazing Kids page.

 

I plan on periodically updating the this list so it’s best to “bookmark” and share the link to this blog post since the link to the PDF will change when it’s updated. I will update the date on a revised PDF and will indicate the date it was updated in the blog post. You’ll then need to delete the old copy from the Books/iBooks app on your iPad and save the newest version.

Video Demo of this Interactive PDF:

Click here to get the PDF (UPDATED: 1/14/21, deleted original PDF and uploaded new one):

 

The linked Table of Contents is on Page 4. Tap on a link to jump directly to any of the 192 sections. The document is also searchable.

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Want to find out when I do new posts about high quality apps and resources that are are either free or a great deal that day and highlights on more expensive apps that are particularly helpful and well worth the price?

I invite you to join me on my OMazing Kids social media sites. I post the most frequently on my Facebook page and in the AppPeeps group. For particularly great finds, I cross post on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to help spread the word. Be sure to “like”, “follow” and “join” and adjust your notification settings. I can’t pay to promote posts since I don’t generate any revenue off of the sites.

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I hope you find this resource helpful in your work as an SLP or as a parent of a child with special needs. Working on compiling it was a labor of love and was something positive for me to focus on in the midst of the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic and other craziness of 2020. I’m SO incredibly grateful to be retired and have the time to help others through the sharing of resources, prayers, helping elderly relatives get groceries/supplies, etc… I have all my fellow SLPs in my prayers for God’s safety and provision. I also have all the families of kids with special needs in my prayers that God would give you the wisdom and peace needed to help you help your child/children during this incredibly stressful time 🙏🏼

 

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
Facebook: 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
Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

 

Terms of Use: You may not copy any part of this document (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 other blogs or save this PDF in any online groups or files. Please do not share the direct link to the PDF (that link will not work when I do updates, delete the old file and upload a new one). I spent the past 8 months working on this document so I appreciate you sharing the blog post or a post that I’ve done on social media. This original document was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP at OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2021 and beyond

 

Cowboy Cornbread Casserole recipe

Anyone else getting creative with cooking right now? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic my husband & I have eaten 100% of our meals at home for the past 27 days.

My husband was drooling over an episode of The Pioneer Woman on TV yesterday when Ree Drummond made “Tamale Pie”.

That got me pondering on what could I make that would be similar with the ingredients we have on hand. They say “necessity is the mother of invention”. The “stay at home” orders & “social distancing” stuff going on right now means I can’t just easily run to the grocery store to get special ingredients. In fact we have been using a combination of Shipt & Instacart to have groceries delivered to lessen the risk of exposure. After looking at a few recipes online I ended up making up my own recipe with what we have on hand and avoiding ingredients that could trigger reflux. Many casserole recipes have lots of tomatoes, garlic, onions, etc… that I have to avoid.

My husband LOVED it so I quickly typed up my recipe so I wouldn’t forget it 😋
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Cowboy Cornbread Casserole

Makes about 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
Total time: 40-45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 lb ground beef (85/15)
  • sea salt (finely ground)
  • black and white pepper (finely ground)
  • McCormick Gourmet Organic Chipotle Chile Pepper seasoning
  • Mrs. Dash Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend
  • 1 cup frozen extra sweet corn
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • butter or bacon grease to grease the pan

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch pan and set aside. For added flavor, I used bacon grease to grease the pan.
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Add the salt, pepper and other seasonings (vary amounts based on taste). Brown over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned. Drain excess grease from the pan. Stir in the frozen corn and pinto beans. Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan and set aside.
  • Prepare one box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix according to the directions on the side of the box. Let batter rest for a couple of minutes.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the beef mixture.
  • Spoon the prepared Jiffy Corn Muffin batter on top of the cheese.
  • Gently spread the cornbread to the edges of the pan, evening it out over the top of the casserole.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges are bubbly and the cornbread is golden brown.
  • Let the casserole stand for a few minutes before serving.


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

Retired Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist with 28 years experience …. posting frequently again on social media about resources, apps & AAC stuff. And occasionally a recipe or two 😉

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
 (I am only approving those who answer the two questions to help keep spammers out of the group. Please let folks know if you invite them to join)

Instagram: http://instagram.com/amoorad1

Twitter:
 https://twitter.com/amoorad

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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Who Do I Want to Be During COVID-19? Helpful and encouraging….. so OMazing Kids is posting again frequently during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic

You may have noticed that I have been posting on social media frequently during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic. I’m SO incredibly grateful to be retired and have the time to help others through the sharing of resources, prayers, helping elderly relatives get groceries/supplies, etc… I have all my fellow SLPs in my prayers for God’s safety and provision. I also have all the families of kids with special needs in my prayers that God would give you the wisdom and peace needed to help you help your child/children during this incredibly stressful time.

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Here’s my most recent post about apps that were currently free. I primarily post about iOS apps but am also sharing the Android version of apps if available and free. I typically cross post in my AppPeeps Facebook Group and sometimes on Instagram and Twitter to spread the word.

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The whole world is currently frustrated with last minute routine change … Not so fun is it? 
 

I have especially had all the individuals with Autism (and their families) in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏼

I know how incredibly stressful any change in routine can be and this is a bunch all at once.

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I’ve been sharing this with family and friends during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic to provide encouragement and hope.

Scriptures for Healing, Protection and Joy; Songs of Deliverance; Posting the Word of God on Your Door Posts (4-6-20) – 3 page PDF: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/scriptures-for-healing-protection-and-joy-songs-of-deliverance-posting-the-word-of-god-on-your-door-posts-4-6-20-3-page-pdf.pdf

I just downloaded it from there into iBooks on my iPad and iPhone and was pleased to see that all the links work.

https://www.facebook.com/174264525957894/posts/3027568450627473/

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Who Do I Want To Be During COVID-19?

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC
Retired Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist with 28 years experience …. posting frequently again on social media about resources, apps & AAC stuff.
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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
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AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/
(I am only approving those who answer the two questions to help keep spammers out of the group. Please let folks know if you invite them to join)
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Instagram: http://instagram.com/amoorad1
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Twitter:
https://twitter.com/amoorad
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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

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