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Using iPad Apps to Engage Emergent Communicators

Webinar Length (Hours):



Rachel Madel, MA, CCC-SLP


Using iPad Apps to Engage Emergent Communicators

This 1-hour webinar provides an overview of various iPad apps that can be used to facilitate social engagement in early learners. Attendees learn implementation strategies to enhance a child’s ability to follow basic directions, respond to questions, and have successful conversations. Screen time guidelines are also discussed so that parents and professionals learn to facilitate language across a variety of apps. The discussion highlights the latest apps on the market and provides helpful resources to find new apps to download.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify at least three communication strategies that promote connection and engagement during app play.
  2. Recognize appropriate guidelines for screen time usage and prime children for learning tasks on an iPad or tablet.
  3. Adapt the same app for a variety of communicative purposes and for varying skill levels.
  4. Assess the quality of an app and determine usability for communication development.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory-level OTs, SLPs, early intervention professionals, teachers, and parents
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
  • Course Instructor:  Rachel Madel, MA, CCC-SLP
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-672085

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved Provider #8215. This course is approved for 0.1 AOTA CEU or 1 contact hour under this Classification Code: Category 2, OT Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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Rachel Madel, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Los Angeles-based parent coach and autism expert who is dedicated to helping autism parents learn how to connect and communicate with their child. She co-hosts a weekly podcast called “Talking with Tech” that helps guide parents and professionals on utilizing technology to support communication. Her work has been featured in Autism Parenting Magazine, Speech Science, Practical AAC, Xceptional Ed, and ChildNEXUS. She is the founder of a digital media company that provides educational resources, therapy materials, and training videos to help support parents of children with autism.


  • Financial: Rachel Madel receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC. She is the owner of Speech Therapy Inc. and sells online resources through her blog at Rachel receives advertising revenue from the AAC podcast Talking with Tech and income from CEU courses sold through
  • Nonfinancial: Rachel is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, CSHA, and an app consultant for EQTainment and Moment AR.

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