–This is guest post by Philip J Reed, Westwood College
When it comes to speech language pathology (SLP), technology is being embraced with open arms. Whether by audiologists, pathologists or even interns working towards a medical assistant degree or SLP career path, there are more tools available to fight language and communication issues in our arsenal than ever before.
When we’re dealing with an inability or difficulty in communication, a fundamental part of societal life, it’s vitally important to utilize every resource available.
The following are five ways that technology can work for you;
- Games as a way of learning
With near limitless games available for all types of computers and within all levels of learning, online games can be a gentle and un-intimidating method of learning.
- Recording and playback
Something as simple as a handheld voice recorder can be invaluable to someone struggling with speech issues. The ability to playback words, sounds, and pronunciations when they are outside of the classroom setting simply enhances their learning opportunities.
When trying to overcome any type of disability whether it’s physical, mental, emotion or your ability to communicate, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Understanding that you are not alone in your difficulties can be just the comfort or motivation that a person needs.
- A classroom anywhere
Technology allows people access to professionals regardless of where they live, so a remote location no longer means that treatment or rehabilitation is beyond your grasp. The ability to have mobile rehab and lessons can truly be life changing for some people.
- A better understanding
Technology, research, and a more fluid exchange of information means that new treatments and a better understanding about language and language disabilities are constantly being developed. A better understanding means a better end result.
Our tech savvy society and tech rich medical arena are progressing at lightning speed when it comes to teaching, learning, and helping. This is evident in more than just speech language pathology, students from kindergarten all the way to a university level medical assistant degree or even masters or doctorate program are embracing technology as a means to push forward. When we know more and can share more, we all win.
Are you in Need of Speech-Language Pathology Services?
Our team will be in Ohio from December 4-8th to meet with Special Education Directors about their speech therapy needs and to attend the Ohio Association of Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) annual convention. Please call us at 1-877-846-9393 to set-up a time to meet.
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Speech Therapy
TinyEYE Therapy Services (Speech Therapy Telepractice)
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