Technology Reservations As much as I enjoy using my own iPad for a multitude of purposes, I have reservations about using it as a treatment tool (“Apps: An Emerging Tool for SLPs,” Oct. 11). True, it is engaging, but our students are rapidly losing the ability to become engaged by anything that ... Inbox
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Technology Reservations
The ASHA Leader, November 2011, Vol. 16, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.16152011.2
The ASHA Leader, November 2011, Vol. 16, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.16152011.2
As much as I enjoy using my own iPad for a multitude of purposes, I have reservations about using it as a treatment tool (“Apps: An Emerging Tool for SLPs,” Oct. 11). True, it is engaging, but our students are rapidly losing the ability to become engaged by anything that is not on a screen. We are feeding into that by increasing screen exposure during speech-language treatment.
I prefer using board and card games, which teach my students to engage with one another in turn-taking and in observing, and often discussing, rules of play. Research is showing that this tech-savvy generation is fast losing its ability to engage effectively and appropriately in face-to-face communication. Facial expression and gesture are becoming a foreign language. The important element of emotional connection through face-to-face communication is being replaced by emoticons on a screen. The spoken word is being replaced by icons.
Most students are getting plenty of screen time at school, and more than is advisable at home. What they are not getting is sufficient face-to-face communication time. As a speech-language pathologist and communication expert, I feel a growing sense of urgency to promote and defend non-digital face-to-face interaction as the highest, and most at-risk, form of communication. Technology is a very slippery slope and I fear that we are fast losing our grip.
Helen Ogden Pacific Grove, California
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