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Using Smartphones for Sharing Routine Scripts and Rule Books

Pamelazita Buschbacher, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

February 17, 2014

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Has anyone ever used a smartphone for sharing routine scripts, social stories or rule books since everyone seems to have one and information can easily be sent to other phones or tablets?

 

Answer

When using smartphones and tablets to share and store scripts and rule books, unless you only have the stories, routine scripts and rule books on the tablets and/or smartphones, children are distracted by all of the games and fun things that are on there too.  Oftentimes, it becomes a battle.  When you are teaching routine scripts and rule books, you want a distraction free environment for the child.  I would say with caution, you could use these devices.  It is an area that I am still exploring, but I am finding that it is more problematic for children because presumably they have been given free reign with using those devices in the past and if we try to use them in a very focused manner it can be quite challenging.

Dr. Buschbacher is the owner and director of PPATCHWork Children’s Therapy Services in Florida. She is a nationally and state certified speech-language pathologist and holds a doctorate in Special Education, with emphases on early childhood development and behavior disorders. 


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Pamelazita Buschbacher, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Buschbacher is the owner and director of PPATCHWork Children’s Therapy Services in Florida. She is a nationally and state certified speech-language pathologist and holds a doctorate in Special Education, with emphases on early childhood development and behavior disorders.  She is an experienced positive behavior support (PBS) interventionist and is recognized as a trainer and consultant for the federally funded Center on Social-Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistant Center for Social and Emotional Intervention.   Her professional experience, interests, presentations, research and publications include supporting the social, emotional and communicative abilities of young children (ages 0-7) of all abilities in developmentally appropriate and inclusive early childhood environments.


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