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Using iPad apps to support meaningful communication: Educational resources for parents

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  • This project focused on knowledge-translation through the development of educational tools to support parents in using apps in ways that encourage interaction and language use. Best practice principles related to early language learning were used to guide the development of resources. The goal of resource development was to transfer the principles of language learning to the application (app) environment. Apps were selected and reviewed based on a pilot study conducted in concert with Alberta Health Services (Borys, DesJarlais, Sample, Wilson, & McFarlane, 2014; Fleming, Minaudo & McFarlane, 2014). These studies indicated a need for education regarding iPad use for parents and teachers. To meet this need, educational screencasts and app demonstrations were created to highlight strategies that expose children to meaningful social interactions with communication partners and focus on targeted areas of speech and language development. Three key areas of language development were included: early narratives, early sentence development and early literacy skills. The resources are accessible on the University of Alberta’s Communication Sciences and Disorders website: communication-sciences-and-disorders/msc-in-speech-language-pathology.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International