Free Apps Friday – Android and iOS Apps

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Smart Apps websites has their free app Friday listings available for both iOS and Android mobile devices in the third week of celebrating Autism Awareness Month. Peruse their posts of free apps for Android and iOS for today (4-18-2014) here:

Free App Friday for iOS - Lists more than 30 apps for kids for free.

Smart Apps for Android - Listing of free apps for Android for kids.

Find holiday, learning and fun apps for your teaching, parent or OT mTool Kit!

Happy Apping!



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Dexteria Dots – Get in Touch with Math – Reduced

Dexteria Dots App

Dexteria Dots App

Dexteria Dots iconDexteria Dots, for iPhone / iPad is reduced to .99 from regular price of 2.99. Created by the folks at BinaryLabs, (Dexteria, Dexteria Jr, Letter Reflex) is reduced to .99 (regularly 2.99). Created for ages 6-8 this app combines learning math concepts and visual motor activities on a mobile device.

Dexteria Dots features math concepts of number sense, addition, subtraction, larger than and smaller than required of Common Core State Standards in Math with a visual motor twist. Here is a quick video of the app in action:

The app uses dots to add or subtract numbers by slicing, dragging dots together. Visuals of dots are provided on the beginning levels to provide the concepts of numbers. An initial visual and audio of the number target is provided, but, which disappeared after hitting Go. Visual and audio instructions are given at the beginning of a session with audio instruction or number repeated using the ? at the top right of the screen.

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Dots are then dragged or connected together to create the targeted number given in the instruction. Combination of addition of numbers are provided to get to the targeted number.  The dots on the numbered dots indicate the value. By touching anywhere on the dot it splits into a smaller value dot. The activity is timed with rewards for speed with the calculations. The activities increase in complexity in levels and math concepts requiring strong memory skills to recall the number equivalency to a colored dot.

This is a visual motor activity using finger isolation to drag the dots together with increasing difficulty with the math concepts. A fun, hands on way of learning for those who are secure in their rational math concepts and have good memory skills.

A few changes that might be considered for those who need concrete reinforcement might be the ability to touch the dots around the whole dot without it separating into single dots. Considering providing a method of checking your answer prior to the animated feedback may also help those that need to review their answer. I liked the animation, however a reinforcement visually or via audio of the correct number achieved whole help reinforce achievement of their number skills .

Dexteria Dots provides some fun visual motor activities embedded in a math activity for individuals beyond the concrete stage of math. Advertised for 6-8 year olds it might be best described as suited for those with at the 1st or 2nd grade level.

Check it out!






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Technology for Self – Regulation

Self Regulation apps

In an article, Just RELAX!? Using Technology for Self Regulation for Students with Autism (Lewis Stokes, 2014), autism consultant, Susan Lewis Stokes shares technology for self-regulation for students with autism. Self-regulation of emotions is defined as the ability to calm yourself down when you’re upset and cheer yourself up when you’re down (Stosny, 2011). Here are a few apps and resources shared by  Susan Lewis Stokes in her article and as curated by OT’s with Apps in the past. Apps reviewed are suited to primary aged children and are only a few of the many apps available:

My First Yoga iconMy First Yoga -Animal Poses for Kids (free) for iPhone / iPad provides a series of animal yoga poses for children to improve focus, balance and concentration.

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The Adventures of Super Stretch iconThe Adventures of Super Stretch (free) for iPhone/iPad. Super Stretch is an educational yoga tool to use and teach the fun of physical activity and breathing to children. This app uses the skills of self-awareness, self-esteem and self-regulation to teach lifetime skills.

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Breathe, Think Do iconBreath, Think, Do with Sesame Street (free) for iPhone/iPad, created by Sesame Street, provides breathing and problem solving practice for children ages 2-5 years of age. Models deep breathing using a friendly monster.

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Calm Counter app iconCalm Counter app (2.99) for iPhone/iPad is visual and audio tool to help people calm down when they are angry or anxious. The app includes a social story about anger, and audio/visual tools for calming down. Developed by Touch Autism.

Other technology resources for self regulation for preschool and primary aged students:

MeMoves iconMeMoves – Provides guided, visual models of patterned, bilateral movement with music suited to all ages and skills to calm, focus or be joyful. Available as a complimenting app (9.99), but most effectively displayed with the DVD. Students I have used it with or as implemented in the classroom have enjoyed MeMoves and provided a calming, centering experience during their day.

Yoga for Children with Special Needs (19.95) by Aras Baskauskas (DVD) available on Amazon.

There are many wonderful tools available for self regulation available. Look for a future review on self regulation technology for upper elementary through adults on OT’s with Apps.

What technology have you found useful to help support self-regulation?



Lewis Stokes, Susan K. “Just Relax!? Using Technology for Self Regulation for Students with Autism.” Connecting Wisconsin Spring 2014, Volume 24 ed., Issue 2 sec.: 4-5. Print.

Stosny, Steven. “Self-Regulation.” Psychology Today: Health, Help, Happiness + Find a Therapist. Psychology Today, 28 Oct. 2011. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.




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BIG Launcher for Android

Big Launcher app for Android 

As scooped from Assistive Technology Daily 

A fast and simple Android interface for seniors and people with vision problems. via BIG Launcher for Android.

Carol Leynse Harpold‘s insight:

The Assistive Technology Daily always has wonderful technology finds for all ages and types of disabilities. This recent post presnts Big Launcher app for Android phones, suited for Seniors and individuals with low vision. For $10. this look link an easy to use interface that is visually accessible . Find out more at Assistive Technology Daily: .


Scooped from OT mTool Kit on Scoop it!

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Just for Fun and for Spring’s Arrival !

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In the Midwest, spring is finally here and it is time to have some fun!

Here are a few, fun iOS spring apps for kids for something fresh and new in OT, teaching or family mTool Kit:

Dress up easter egg iconDressUp Easter Eggs - for iPad featuring clothes, body parts and other embellishments (flowers, butterflies, etc.) to add on an egg. Share via email or save to your photo library. Just for fun and free only today, April 13 (I believe).

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Kids Reading I like Spring iconKids Reading – I Like Spring – free for iPhone / iPad from the trusted Grasshopper Apps folks. Read and listen to basic books about spring. Create and record your own in the app.

Monki Animal Builder iconMonki Animal Builder - for iPhone / iPad. Break the egg and create a crazy animal and accessorize!  Free, always makes it a bit more fun!

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Have some fun with these apps, but enjoy the outside also!!







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Dear Otto: Are there any Good Keyboarding Apps?

Scooped from Ask A  

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, …

Carol Leynse Harpold‘s insight:

Jacqui Murray, of Dear Otto, provides some suggestions for iPad keyboarding programs. She also provides some info about students keyboarding rate on iPads versus standard keyboards. Interesting how what we thought we knew continues to change as the technology does.


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National Occupational Therapy Month – OT Created Apps

With April being National OT Month, here is a review with a focus on OT’s who have contributed to our profession and use of mobile devices by creating  intervention apps. Kudos to them for their sharing their creativity  and expertise:

Ready to Print icon Diane Reid, OT, Ready to Print app  (9.99) provide pre-writing and writing interventions with graded activities and data collection. Featured on OT’s with Apps previously, this is a staple in many OT’s mTool Kit. Also available for Android (7.99) .

Shelby's Quest iconShelby’s Quest, created by Kami Bible, OT, is another great visual motor/pre-writing app with graded activities and multiple users. Available for iPad (4.99).


Dexteria icon 2Dexteria app (3.99), by BinaryLabs, created this app in collaboration with OT’s. Provides motor coordination and control activities in this app. Also available for Android (4.99)!

AbilipadAbilipad,(19.99) created by Cheryl Bregman, is a customizable keyboard and writing tool for a variety of ages and skill. Check out her recent updates in her app.

Other apps are available for evaluation and treatment planning, but these are a few intervention apps created by and for OT’s. Kudos to these OT’s!

More for your OT mTool Kit!





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