Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lighten the Load - Therapy Ideas for the iPad or Tablet

Many school based therapists travel from school to school lugging equipment in and out of buildings.  Perhaps you work in one school and bring equipment in and out of classrooms for push in services.  We all know that if you have an iPad or tablet to use at work I am sure you have loaded with appropriate and fun therapy apps.  I know I do.  But at the end of the day, the bulk of my therapy services do not include the use of the iPad.  I do have it loaded with ebooks though so that I have activity ideas right at my fingertips when I need them.  You can download the ebooks directly from the Your Therapy Source link you receive in an email.  If you have already saved the document to your computer, email it to yourself and save it in iBooks (pdf format) on the iPad.   

Here are some suggestions for ebooks that can be downloaded directly to your iPad or tablet -

For therapy activity ideas without using the iPad:
Play Strong: http://yourtherapysource.com/playstrong.html
50 Sensory Motor Activities for Kids: http://yourtherapysource.com/50book.html
25 Instant Sensory Motor Group Activities: http://yourtherapysource.com/instant.html
Get Up and Learn - http://yourtherapysource.com/getuplearn.html
Active Arms: http://yourtherapysource.com/activearms.html
Motor Magic - Turn Fine Motor Skills into Gross Motor Skills: http://yourtherapysource.com/motormagic.html

Don't forget that you can open a pdf document on your tablet and use an app to "write" on the pdf document.  You can read more about that here - Transform eBooks for Use on the iPad

For sensory motor activities: 
Sensory Motor Game Boards: http://yourtherapysource.com/sensoryboards.html
For added visuals you could use Classroom Activity Posters to show exercise ideas - http://yourtherapysource.com/cap.html or project it onto an interactive whiteboard
Roll Some Fun and use an app to roll dice: http://yourtherapysource.com/rollsomefun.html

For visual motor activities (may want to use a stylus for some): 

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns: http://yourtherapysource.com/patterns.html
Follow the Path: http://yourtherapysource.com/follow.html
Letter and Shape Mazes: http://yourtherapysource.com/lsmaze.html
Visual Discrimination Puzzles: http://yourtherapysource.com/visuald.html
Monster Mazes: http://yourtherapysource.com/monster.html
Most of the seasonal handwriting activities would work as well especially with a stylus: http://yourtherapysource.com/handwriting.html

An added bonus to the above visual motor activities, is that some children enjoy completing worksheets on an iPad.  If you print out the activities as well, you can practice on the tablet and then reinforce the skills with carry over using regular paper and pencil.

Hope that offers you some ideas to use with your iPad or tablet.  Let me know if anyone needs more specific suggestions.

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