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  • OT Apps in Therapy

    March 05, 2013
    By Margaret Schmidt Occupational Therapy

    We are back this month with the third installment of RehabCare Advantage’s series on mobile applications in therapy. Therapists are increasingly using apps as tools in therapy, and in January, we reported that more than half of occupational therapists use them. Today we bring you some of the best apps for OTs.

    With so many apps developed to make activities of daily life easier for patients and non-patients alike, occupational therapists naturally find them helpful in practice. Many of the apps we are featuring are those that support activities of daily living and apps for helping patients with fine motor skill development. We hope you find these useful with your daily responsibilities as well.

    For Occupational Therapists:

    • Dexteria – Fine Motor Skill Development: A set of therapeutic hand exercises improves hand motor skills and promotes handwriting readiness for adults and children. The app uses tapping, pinching and writing movements to build hand and finger strength. Therapists can use the app’s timed tasks to train patients to work under pressure. Dexteria conveniently creates performance and usage reports, which may be emailed. Available for $3.99 and is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    • Visual Attention TherAppy: Tactus Therapy Solutions, the developers of therapy apps for all ages, created this comprehensive app to treat attentional deficits. Utilize left-to-right scanning practice and work on sustained attention, memory and reading. “One needs a thick book full of similar paper-based activities in order to get as customized a visual attention task as possible,” wrote an iSPeakApp.com reviewer. Available for $9.99 on the iPad only.
    • Super Search 60: This highly popular and addictive search and tap game gives patients a chance to work on visual and fine motor skills, visual memory, scanning and finger isolation. With a game this fun, patients are sure to forget they are actually doing therapy as they look for hidden objects. Available for free on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    • iDress for Weather: Just set your location and personal interpretation of “hot” and “cold,” and this high-definition app will display appropriate clothing to wear. iDress for Weather is especially praised for its customizable features. Patients may even upload pictures of their own clothing. Available for $1.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    • Sentence Maker: Sentence Maker helps patients form their own sentences and is ideal for young children. Children view crisp images and drag tiles in the correct sequence. Sentence Maker helps young patients learn to read and speak. Even the youngest patients can move their first words on the screen with just a touch of their finger. This app can also benefit older patients with severe writing difficulties. Available for$.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

    Which apps do your patients find most useful for day-to-day activities and motor skill development? Please comment and share your favorites.

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