Independent Case study

The SmartEdPad independent case study was designed by Creative Strategies for Special Education (CSSE) to obtain and analyze feedback from a cohort of professionals who used SmartEdPad as a supplemental resource tool in their therapy service programs during the 2012-2013 school year.

Employing an online survey and phone interviews, CSSE obtained data regarding the following key topics:

  1. user demographics
  2. unique SmartEdPad features
  3. comparison of SmartEdPad to other therapy resources and tools
  4. users' application and evaluation of SmartEdPad for treatment of students with disabilities and to meet workload requirements and
  5. satisfaction with pre-loaded apps.

The results confirmed that SmartEdPad's design and unique features provide a valuable resource for SLPs and OTs who find themselves challenged by the demands of their school therapy roles and responsibilities.

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Use cases

Autism Spectrum Disorder

One of the most important changes in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). School-aged children with ASD tend to have communication deficits, such as responding inappropriately in conversations, misreading nonverbal interactions, or having difficulty building friendships appropriate to their age. In addition, people with ASD may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

Here is how SmartEdPad helps in the treatment of Autism:

  • Enhancing social interaction by offering a variety of social stories which are engaging for older elementary and middle-school students.
  • Enhancing verbal communication by offering apps that improve verbalization, expand vocabulary, advance linguistic development and improve sentence structure and complexity.
  • Enhancing nonverbal communication by offering an AAC device with layered picture icons and a keyboard..
  • Cognitive development by offering apps which improve reasoning, problem-solving and executive function skills.
  • Improving language development by offering apps for young students in the areas of vocabulary development, storytelling, and sequencing.

Learning Disability

Specific Learning Disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

SmartEdPad assists student with learning disabilities in an entertaining and assistive way because:

  • Apps on reading and phonics offer excellent tools to supplement the student's reading practice and improve progress.
  • Apps for math provide a variety of additional practice items for students and improve skills.
  • Apps for writing provide structured and scaffolding practice in written language skills.

Language Disorders

Language Disorders are characterized by either difficulties in understanding (receptive) or expressing (expressive) language. Language disorders are seen in a wide variety of children: children who expand their vocabulary and word usage more slowly than others, children with a genetic or birth defects affecting the neurological system, children with lower cognitive abilities, or children who suffered a head injury.

For students with Language Disorders, the SmartEdPad provides countless apps for developing

  • Vocabulary
  • Word usage
  • Sentence structures
  • Verbal grammar skills—including verb tenses
  • Pragmatic (social) language skills.

Articulation Disorders

Articulation Disorders are characterized by the omission, substitution or distortion of one or more speech sound(s). Articulation disorders may be a result of faulty learning, damage to the muscles or anatomical structures used to produce speech, or a neurological disease or brain damage. Speech-language pathologists may treat articulation disorders using a variety of techniques.

For students with articulation disorders, the SmartEdPad apps for articulation provide tools for the practice of speech sounds in words, phrases and sentences.

User Videos

Katelynn Kapki, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech-language Pathologist

Ms. Katelynn Kapki provides therapy intervention to students with Autism, Asperger's and Down syndrome. In this video, she speaks about the quality of apps on the device and how SmartEdPad streamlines her work.

Orin Di Silva, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech-language Pathologist

Ms. Di Silva works in a county program with severely disabled students in the middle and high school age groups. In this video, she speaks about organizing apps through the catalogue system in order to retrieve and use them to meet each unique student's needs or to serve specific populations.

Albena Aldinova-Redanska, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech-language Pathologist

Ms. Albena Aldinova-Redanska deals with a wide range of students from pre-school to middle school. In this video, she speaks about how SmartEdPad positively supports traveling to multiple sites and the power of SmartEdPad when compared to general purpose tablets.

Dr. Jay Totter, MA, CCC-SLP, PhD - Director of Speech Services

Dr. Totter is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 40 years of experience in the public school system. In this video, he speaks about the three major components of SmartEdPad and how easy it is to use.