STEP 4 – Review your app

Make sure to continually review the app and how the person is working with it. Try to work together with your team to share information about how the app is working in different environments, what strategies work to assist the person and monitor progress.

Once an app has been introduced you may want to consider the following points:

  • Modeling the use of the app – some individuals benefit from being shown how to use the app in their everyday environment, for example a person who is using a visual schedule on their iPad may need to be shown how to open the app, swipe the screen and match the pictures on the app to the real objects or activity.
  • Supervision or monitoring of the app – some people may be able to use an app on their own but may require your supervision or checking in to make sure they are not having any difficulties and are able to stay with the activities.
  • Consider the skills that the individual is learning through the app and are they developing the skills that relate to the set goals?
  • Sometimes the chosen app may not be working as we had imagined. If the app isn’t working well for the individual, consider whether the person requires extra support to use the app, whether the app is motivating enough? or if there is another app that may be better suited to the individual.
  • Some people consider setting up restrictions to stop the user from accessing some apps such as itunes and the app store. The iPad can also be set up to be ‘locked’ into an app so the user can only access the one application. For further information about these capabilities click on the link below:


  • Remember that the skills learnt in the app will need to also be taught in natural, everyday situations away from the iPad to help a person utilise the skills in functional situations. Plan for how you may introduce the skills in a real situations alongside teaching them on the app. For example, if a child has been learning to identify faces with different emotions on the iPad consolidate this learning by talking about the facial expressions of people in the family and the child’s own facial expressions.
  • All of our needs change over time. By monitoring the skills taught through the app and how the person is using the app we can assess whether the app is still relevant and matches to the individual at that particular time. As a person’s needs change over time we may need to consider whether the app is still the best fit.


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