Are you thinking of purchasing an iPad, but are unsure of where to start? Do you have an iPad, but are having a hard time using the iPad effectively? Do you have the right accessories? Let BridgingApps help.

We will provide you with a customized plan that will ensure that you have the right equipment, short term goals and confidence gained by having a plan. This service is designed with the special needs user in mind and can be beneficial for parents, caregivers, therapists, teachers or individuals with disabilities.

The iPad Selection and First Steps Services are conducted by BridgingApps Consultants who are professional licensed therapists (Occupational or Speech), Special Education Teachers or Assistive Technology professionals with at least 3 years of experience in their respective areas, certified (or equivalent) to use mobile devices people who have special needs, and have at least one year of experience using mobile devices with special needs users.

The iPad Selection and First Steps Service is designed for individuals with special needs. If you want to get started with iPads for more than one individual user, please contact us.

No prerequisites other than willingness is required for this service.

The cost of the iPad Selection and First Steps Service is $500 USD.

  1. Client purchases service and fills out the service questionnaire that is emailed to client.
  2. BridgingApps will review questionnaire and contact client for a consultative conference call to review questions and define goals and outcomes.
  3. BridgingApps will review all information and create a preliminary recommendations report that will be sent to the client. A second consultative conference call to review the report will be scheduled with the client.
  4. BridgingApps and client will review the recommendations in the second consultative conference call, making any modifications and clarifications needed.
  5. Survey will be sent to client via email to follow along with their progress.

At the completion of the service, the client will have a tailored plan (recommendations report) to include:

  • Identified Device
  • Recommended accessories
    • Stylus
    • Case
    • Accessibility accessories
  • Identifiable and defined short term goals –
  • Recommended apps to achieve short term goal of getting the individual and support group started with the iPad

Important Note:  The cost of the devices and any accessories are not included in the price of the service.

The following quotes are taken from the IEP and iPad pilot program:

What Parents are Saying:

“We were introduced to wonderful applications that we would have never found!” – Tania from Garden City, New York

“The apps that were recommended were age appropriate and easy to use. They allowed for progress monitoring and have the ability to assist in teaching my son new strategies to improve overall academic performance. In addition, the apps will “grow” with him as his instruction becomes more rigorous and the need for accommodations becomes a necessity.” – Stephanie from Manchester, Iowa

“Through the applications recommended for my son, he was able to show learning objectives that he had mastered, but was unable to show through traditional means. He was pleased with his work and excited to go to school to show his teacher. The apps recommended took into account the strengths and weaknesses of his unique learning style. Most importantly, as he has dysgraphia, he was enabled through apps to show what he knows without the hindrance of handwriting, resulting in a truer reflection of his capabilities.” – Jennifer from Jacksonville, Florida

“This service was amazing. BridgingApps was able to find the app that perfectly matched what my daughter needed. Even her Occupational Therapist was excited about the app working on fine motor skills. There are so many apps out there it becomes overwhelming to know which apps to purchase. This service helped me to save money because I wasn’t purchasing apps that we didn’t use, or were not well developed. It also saved me a lot of time looking for apps to fit her goals. This service helps to make her iPad her own tutoring program.” – Angela from Dakota City, Iowa

“BridgingApps was extremely helpful in suggesting apps that directly complement what our daughter is learning at school. Without this program we wouldn’t have known about many of these apps. Thank you.” – Josh from Jericho, New York

“Having an educator review the applications and match them to IEP goals greatly reduced the cost of trial and error.” – Debora from Scottsdale, Arizona

 

What Teachers are Saying:

“For every 100 apps out there it seems that 99 of them aren’t quite right. Thanks for sending some of the 1 out of 100 my way!  I saw an increase in my students’ attention to task and ability to work independently on previously taught skills without needing direct teacher support. This is HUGE as it allows more 1:1 time with students while other students are engaged in reinforcing apps.” – Mark from Schenectady, New York

“It is exciting to find great apps for my students that specifically meet their needs without having to do all the research. I can actually spend my time teaching my students instead of researching apps that might work. Thanks for saving me hundreds of hours!” – Shari from Vacaville, California

“I would recommend BridgingApps app selection service to anyone needing guidance on matching apps to meet specific needs of a child. BridgingApps’ recommendations were right on target! Before this service, I would spend hours looking for apps and reading reviews only to download them and be disappointed at their inability to meet the needs of my students. With this service, I was given my own personal app detective who had used the apps and knew if they were right for my students. Their recommendations saved me lots of time and money! All of the apps that were recommended met the needs of my students and created excitement for learning. After using the apps, I saw progress in students who had not been responding to traditional methods of teaching.  One of my students with processing difficulties went from missing 1/2 of direction or sequence questions to getting 80 percent of them correct! It was unbelievable!! Thanks again for caring enough to take the time to provide such a service!!” – Brenda from Bigelow, Arizona

“The students loved the apps recommended! It was nice to see them engaged and working individually, yet together. This experience led to a greater variety in student product, allowing personalization and freedom to create meaningful content. Engagement was extremely high when counting time on task.” – Kathy from Dunkirk, New York

“This program was extremely beneficial for our school district. It can be very overwhelming and time consuming to tap into the specific educational apps that can target individualized IEP goals and objectives. BridgingApps assisted our district and has helped our teaching staff address individual needs for a variety of disabilities with the use of Apps and iPads.” – Karen from Stamford, Connecticut

We provide all of the information in this service for free on the website. The benefit of using the service is that a trained and experienced professional will create a tailored/customized program for your user. In our pilots we have seen this service dramatically reduce the amount of time and potential cost you may incur doing it on your own.
Client meetings are conducted over the phone.
Yes, while the training of the therapists and special education teachers who provide this service are certified in the USA, the information, strategies and goals we use or you may have can be applied to individuals no matter where they live.
No, not currently.  We would like to provide this service for Android devices in the future depending on how the iPad service grows.  Contact us with your feedback.
If you want to focus just on apps, please consider our App Selection Service

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