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Speech Therapist Shares How QR Codes Can Help in Therapy Sessions


In her blog at Health Care POV, speech-language pathologist Angela Desideri shares how quick response codes have become a fun and exciting part of her communication therapy sessions. She also shared some ways on how QR codes can be used in speech or communication therapy, aside from a step-by-step guide on how to create one.

These are Desideri’s suggested therapy activities using the two-dimensional matrix bar codes:

1. QR Codes on Articulation Practice Sheets. Desideri wrote that she generated QR codes and placed them on articulation practice sheets that she created for her students. The students can then use her iPad to scan the codes on their paper and they would be able to practice the target sounds.

2. QR Codes for Expressive Language. Desideri used QR codes to expand app learning. For instance, to go with Toca Band, she generated codes for band members and for the instruments. And to encourage communication, she colored the boxes around each QR code. The students were urged to choose a specific color and they are allowed to scan the code corresponding that color. They were then asked to tell what the code resolved to on the iPad.

3. QR Codes for Story Telling. Desideri printed pages with QR codes on them. These codes, when scanned, directed the students to pictures and they then had to create or tell a story based on these pictures.

Angela Desideri is the co-developer of SpeechTree, which is a research-based AAC or augmentative and alternative communication application for iPad. She is an approved American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) CEU provider. She has presented on the subject of AAC all throughout the country as well as abroad. Desideri works with students from kindergarten to 6th grade who have communication disorders and is an active player in San Diego, California’s local autism community.

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