Most existing communication tools and methods are rather cumbersome or difficult to use. New tablet and touch screen technology allows images, text and drawing to be combined in extremely flexible and creative ways.
It is sometimes difficult for professionals to find a starting point in communication with children. A tablet based app is something which can be easily introduced into a session wherever it may be. It can almost as easily be put away when it has achieved its goal – or attention can be switched to another app.
There is no need to manage a range of physical tools and materials like paper, pens, pencils, erasers, workbooks. As long as the tablet is available, everything required is almost instantly accessible . and the eraser is never lost, the pens never run dry, and no one ever runs out of paper!
The ultimate goal of professionals working with children is often to talk about something personal & sensitive, or even distressing or painful. With traditional conversational approaches to exploring such issues it is very often hard to switch from rapport building to address the critical issue. Having a framework for doing so, is invaluable.
Children are comfortable with the technology, and often prefer using touch devices rather than traditional materials
Paper and pencil assessments are often intimidating, particularly for less able children, or those lacking confidence.
Marks, messages and responses made using a touch device can be easily moved, modified and erased, so children are less likely to fear making a mistake.
Both qualitative and quantitative data generated during and assessment can be quickly and easily captured for later incorporation into professional reports or records.
The apps shape good practice and offer a framework within which standardised procedures can be implemented within a project or across an organisation/service.
Existing skills are not replaced or lost, they are actually enhanced by the ready availability of a variety of ways of exploring critical issues.