Saturday, November 15, 2014

Find out how texting can improve children's language skills (and an app to make it easier)

I read an article this week in the New York Times about a study released by The National Bureau of Economic Research. The study found that parents who received text messages with tips and suggestions on reading to their children or helping them sound out words performed better on literacy tests than children whose parents did not receive the texts. Read the entire article by Motoko Rich here. I love this idea and use it frequently in my speech-language therapy practice. There are some things to consider. Group messages can be annoying and create issues with confidentiality. The Remind app is the perfect solution to these problems and it's free. Learn more about what makes Remind a fantastic app for teachers and therapists here.

If you would like to download Remind (iPhone/iPad, FREE), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using the link provided.

From iTunes:

Remind (formerly Remind101) offers teachers a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students and parents. Teachers can send or schedule reminders, assignments, homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly to students' and parents' phones. Interactions are safe because phone numbers are kept private, and messages are sent with no open replies. Teachers, students and parents see mobile messages from all their classes in one place. 

For students and parents, Remind provides an easier way to stay informed outside of the classroom. They can now download the app and opt-in to receive messages faster with push notifications! 

Use Remind to send free text messages to save time, engage students and involve parents with your class. Try it today! And if you love it, share it with your colleagues or write a review! 

Sarah's house will soon by overrun with little nieces and nephews. She counts on them to Remind her that having little ones was just as stressful as having teenagers.

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