By: Laura Bueche, MOT OTR/L
No one can deny the powers of the iPad. The back lit animations, sound effects and interactive games make apps a great tool for kids to learn. Kids and adults are drawn to the technology?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting the amount of screen time a child has to “high-quality content.” They recommend children and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day and that television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2.
But what games or content are high-quality? As a pediatric occupational therapist, I use iPad apps during therapy as a therapeutic tool to help kid’s develop skills. Below are my favorite quality iPad apps.
Fine Motor Skills
Dexteria By: Binary Labs, Inc.
Dexteria turns your iOS device into a therapeutic tool that improves fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults.
Dexteria Jr. By: BinaryLabs, Inc.
Set of hand and finger exercises to develop fine motor skills and handwriting readiness. The activities are specially designed for kids age 2-6.
Trace through dot-to-dot puzzles for visual motor skills and visual tracking.
Bugs and Buttons By: Little Bit Studio, LLC.
18 mini-games and activities that make learning fun. Count colorful buttons, recycle with marching ants or dainty ladybugs, recognize letters, solve bug mazes, and more!
Letter and Number Formation
Play to learn how to write all letters of the alphabet: abc – xyz and the numbers 1-10 with LetterSchool.
Letter Workbook is an interactive educational app which teaches toddlers and children how to form and write letters. Through the simple, interactive guide children will learn how to write their ABC, improve vocabulary and have fun along the way!
My First Number Trace By: Neutre
Easy tracing for little fingers. Trace letters 1-10.
iWriteWords By: gdiplus
iWriteWords teaches your child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game.
Little Things By: KLICKTOCK
An innovative seek and find game. Search colorful collages built from thousands of little things. Randomized searches ensure a different game each time you play.
Rush Hour Free By: Thinkfun Inc.
The original sliding block Traffic Jam puzzle, works on visual perception, problem solving, and attention.
Visual Attention Therapy helps brain injury and stroke survivors, as well as struggling students, to improve scanning abilities. It also helps rehab professionals to assess for neglect and provide more efficient and effective therapy for attention deficits.
Cause and Effect Apps
If you see something moving, tap on it to find out who it is!
Create beautiful fireworks display by easy tap operation! Touch on the screen, you immediately see breath taking fireworks in 3D graphics and real sounds.
Enjoy the freedom to play songs at your own beat while never missing a note.
Self Care Skills
Learn the most common personal hygiene daily activities (teeth brushing, shampooing , hand washing, toilet training, taking a shower , public bathroom, etc.)
T-Rex Toothbrush Timer By: PCAppDev Limited
Encourage your kids to brush their own teeth properly by following Dino brush his teeth!!
To learn more about Occupational Therapy at Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley visit eastersealsdfvr.org.