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9 Tips for SLPs to Use an iPad Like a Pro

Does anyone else have 92384092834098 pages of apps on their iPad? When I first got my iPad, I wanted all of the free apps. I downloaded everything, even if there was no chance that I would actually use it in therapy. Since then, I’ve calmed down a little bit. (Luckily!) I realized that I only used a few apps consistently, and now I can actually find what I’m looking for.

Do you use an iPad in your speech therapy sessions?! It can feel overwhelming to have so many tools at your fingertips with this one device, so I've written this blog post with nine tips for SLPs to use an iPad like a pro. Click through to read all nine tips!

Here are some of my favorites tips to help you make the most of your iPad!

1. Move/Organize Apps

Press down on any app for a few seconds. The apps will start “wiggling.” You can drag the apps to different pages, or you can hit the little “X” on the top left of the app to delete it.

Just click the home button to go back to the “normal” view.

2. Use Folders

If you drag apps on top of each other, then you can create folders. You can create folders for different age groups, therapy targets, types of apps, and more!

3. Oops! I Deleted That?!

It’s easy to restore apps after you delete them. Go to the App Store, tap “Purchased” on the bottom bar, and then tap “Not on This iPad” to find any apps that you might want to re-download.

4. Recently Used Apps

If you click the home button twice, you’ll be able to see all of your most recently used apps.

You can also close apps on this screen by swiping up. (This can help your iPad work more quickly.)

Additionally, you can see which apps you use the most by checking your battery settings. Go to “Settings” and then tap “Battery,” and you’ll be able to see which apps you used the most today (or this week).

5. Use Spotlight

You can access Spotlight by swiping down on your screen. Tap the search bar and start typing the name of the app that you’re looking for.

6. Add Frequently Used Websites

If there is a website that you use often, then you can also add it to your home page. Just go to the website in Safari. Then, tap the “Share” button (a little box with an arrow pointing up, next to the address bar) and tap “Add to Home Screen.”

7. Use Google Drive

Check out last week’s post for Google Drive tips! This will make it easy to access therapy materials on your iPad.

8. Use Notability

Notability is my favorite app! I shared about it here and here.

9. Lock the Screen

Guided Access is a great therapy hack. Check out this article to set up Guided Access on your iPad.

How does it work? You can triple click the Home button when you’re in an app to prevent students from navigating to other apps. Just click “Start” to enable “Guided Access.” Click the home button three times when you’re ready to end Guided Access.

Want help getting organized? Check out this resource library for some FREE tools!

SLP Now Free Resource Library

Did I miss any tips? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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  • Reply
    July 14, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Hi Marisha,
    by any chance do you know of one app can be stored in two or more folders?
    say for example the app is great for 1) verb forms 2) pronouns and 3) articulation.

    • Reply
      July 14, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Hi Maria,
      I don’t think it’s possible on the iPad. 🙁 I have been looking for a solution though! I’ll be sure to share if I figure it out. 🙂

  • Reply
    July 19, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    What are your favorite and most used apps?

    • Reply
      July 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Good question! My top 4 are…
      Articulation Station
      Google Drive
      Toca Boca apps (e.g., Toca Kitchen, Toca Monsters)

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