Tell us about your job and the role that you play there.
I work for the Child Early Intervention Medical Center based in Healthcare City and visit a variety of homes and schools across the UAE, where I am a behavioural therapist in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
How have you embedded the use of the iPad into your practice?
Working with children who find social communication challenging, I use the iPad as assistive technology to help give the children a voice. Some children with minimal verbal communication skills communicate through use of various apps e.g. Proloquo2Go. Positive reinforcement is critical component of ABA therapy. The iPad is a valuable tool in keeping my students motivated to learn. There are many other ways I use this mobile technology within sessions from improving impulse control to developing fine motor skills and higher order thinking skills.
What impact have you seen from this?
Impact varies from child to child however the most significant impact is when children who have difficulty expressing their needs verbally are more able to communicate with the people in their lives. This is literally life changing for them and those that are close to them!
How has the use of iPads changed the way you teach?
I have always used technology in my approach to education however iPads have allowed me to encourage more independent learning and keep children highly motivated. It also creates additional sensory experiences when learning which helps with the retention of information.
What are your favourite educational apps?
How do you find out about the newest app releases?
Word of mouth, recommendations from colleagues and trawling the app store!!
Kim, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your use of iPads in a specialised field of education. To find out more about CEIMC click on the link below
FACETIME: Kim Parr