Updated: Jan 28
We've been asked several times by speech and language therapists if they can use our apps via tele-therapy. We're really pleased to tell you that the answer is yes! While our speech therapy apps do not work on a computer or laptop (they all work on iOS and some also work on Android devices), you can still use them in tele-therapy. You need to mirror your iPad screen to your computer or laptop screen and then share your screen with your client so they can see it too.
It's important to note that when you mirror an iPad screen to your computer, your client will not be able to interact with the iPad. In other words they won't be able to press the buttons. The reason for this is that they only have a mirror image of your iPad, not access to its functions. However, when you press buttons in an app that is being mirrored, your client will see that on the shared screen.
Below, we have listed a few ways you can mirror your iPad screen to your computer so that you can use our Aptus Speech Therapy apps in tele-therapy:
Zoom is one of our favourite tele-therapy platforms because it allows you to share your computer or laptop screen and mirror your iPad screen via Airplay. This is perfect for sharing apps. Most video conferencing or tele-therapy platforms allow you to share your computer screen but unlike Zoom many don’t have an option to mirror your iPad screen to your computer.
The other really great thing about Zoom is that you can give control of your desktop screen to your client and they can mark (annotate) the screen. So while they may not be able to interact with the actual app on the iPad, they can mark their answer on the screen and then you can press their answer in your iPad app for them.
Watch our video on how to mirror an iPad app using Zoom and how to mark/annotate a shared screen.
See the following links for more details about Zoom:
If you are using a tele-therapy platform that does allow you to share your desktop screen but not mirror an iPad screen, you could use software that will do the mirroring instead. Please note that if you are not using an Apple Mac and an iPad, you will also need to use software for screen-sharing.
Quicktime Player is a free Mac application. It is also available for Windows. It is usually used for video editing and playback. However, it will also allow you to share your iPad screen with your computer. You would need to connect your iPad to your computer with a charging cable. See links below for more details on using Quicktime.
AirServer AirServer is a screen mirroring software. It works on both Mac and Windows and allows you to wirelessly mirror iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) to your computer. See the links below for more details on using AirServer.
Reflector is a another screen mirroring software. You can use Reflector to wirelessly display and record iPhones, iPads, Google Chromebooks, Android and Windows tablets on a bigger desktop screen. See the links below for more details on using Reflector.
Did you know that you can get free lite versions of Inference Pics and Keyword Understanding? Why not have a go using them in teletherapy for free?
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