How to Mirror an iPad App for Tele-therapy: A Guide for Speech Language Pathologists

Updated: 6 days ago


Inference Pics mirrored on to desktop

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

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.


Zoom has different screen sharing options

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:


How to set up a Zoom account - Aphasia-friendly guide

Try Zoom for free


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.


Quicktime

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.


How to mirror your iPad screen to your computer using Quicktime

Download Quicktime Player


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.


How to mirror your iPad screen using AirServer.


Reflector

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.


How to screen mirror your iPad screen using Reflector.

Download Reflector

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