Successfully using iPads for Communication and Learning

This handout provides information about supporting communication and literacy using the iPad,  following the presentation to the Mamre Assocation, on Sunday 21/4/2013.
View the slides of the presentation, HERE.

iPad Basics

iPad Basics 101 is a must-watch webinar, outlining the basics to using the iPad.


More accessibility information via the Spectronics Blog:

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Accessibility Icon

Alternative Access

Connect your iPad  and share your iPad screen to your VGA-equipped data projector, TV or monitor

Via a cable:

Apple VGA Adaptor or Apple Digital AV Adapter

30pin to VGA adapter30p-AV AdapterLigntning AV Adapter


Apple TV, Reflection, and Air Server

 Apple TV

Links to help you find apps!

Discover new apps via an app:




AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) are those strategies and supports necessary for people with complex communication needs, who may have little or no speech. The iPad withan appropriate AAC app, may be help develop a system of communication.

Links to websites:

Apps for AAC (Symbol Based) suggestions:


Apps for AAC (Text-based) suggestions:


Apps for AAC (Social Communication) suggestions:


Proloquo2Go – Links to access additional information:



Links to websites:


Interactive Books/Guided Reading:

Early Literacy/Phonics/Working with Words:

QR Codes

Spectronics QR Code


Creation Tools

Movie making Apps:

Book Creation Apps:

Fun Creation tools:


Visual Tools

App Suggestions:

Positive Behaviour Support

App suggestions:

Social Stories

App suggestions:



Cause and Effect

App suggestions:

Early Learning

App suggestions:

Help Kidz Learn Apps:

Toca Boca Apps:



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About Amanda Hartmann

Amanda is a Speech Pathologist with over 17 years experience. She has worked within educational settings, as an Inclusive Technology Consultant with Spectronics , and currently focuses her time on her busy private practice.

Amanda is a Key Word Sign/Makaton Presenter, an official Proloquo2Go trainer and an official expert TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box. She is also a certified Apple Trainer and regularly runs iPad workshops to help schools integrate iPad technology into the classroom, for all learners.

Amanda has a special interest in supporting and developing communication, literacy and learning for a wide range of diverse learners, often through the use of visual tools, sign language and technology. She has spent many years providing therapy support and teacher/parent training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for students with complex communication needs, due to disabilities such as: Cerebral palsy and other Physical impairments, Visual impairment, Hearing impairment, Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Intellectual Impairment, Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and others. She also has specialist knowledge to support the literacy learning of students with learning difficulties, language impairments and other diverse learning needs. She is passionate about providing interactive and engaging presentations to educators, parents and therapists.

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