In today’s world, there are a number of virtual learners and the use of digital resources has never been more important. This is especially true when it comes to speech therapy because digital resources are essential to the sessions and allow for flexibility and progress.

The following are a few of the different types of digital resources that are available and understanding them can help you decide which option is best for you:

Interactive PDFs
This is a great tool because it does not require internet access, so you will not be limited. A portable document format allows you to be creative in terms of presentation, so students will have an easier time learning and will enjoy the process. PDF files may seem boring but there are now an endless amount of design possibilities available, meaning educators can create highly engaging content. The new designs will help you create interactive learning experiences for students and clickable buttons can be included if you want to provide clients with immediate visual feedback. This is a great way of notifying them about an answer they responded to correctly or offering them the chance to try again. Interactive PDFs also have buttons that would allow the learner to return to the home page or to move to the next slide, so they will feel involved.

Boom Cards
This is a very popular resource that is used often for speech therapy. They can be accessed on any type of device-desktop, laptop, or iPad and are very easy to use and plan for. You will need an account and there are different levels, so you can upgrade for reasonable fees if you want to track your progress. If you are unfamiliar with this tool, boom cards are digital, self-checking interactive activities that are fun and help make the learning process enjoyable. They can be assigned to Google classroom and can help students with words and sounds.

Google Slides
This resource offers a ton of fun features and is a great tool you can take advantage of. They allow you to create presentations or lessons and are ideal for speech therapy sessions. Keeping your document open in edit mode would even allow you to move pieces around interactively and students can type in their answers into boxes and drag or drop parts of the activity, depending on the type of session. This resource allows you to experiment with a variety of interactive actions and features in one document to provide students with a fun learning experience.

Shelley Ortved specializes in speech therapy and can help with preschool speech and language. I understand the challenges that are involved and will help you through them. If you or someone you know requires a speech pathologist in the Toronto area, give my office a calltoday!