Dexteria Visual Motor Integration App – New!

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Dexteria Visual Motor Integration App

Binary Labs, creator of apps for Occupational Therapists has developed a new app, Dexteria Visual Motor Integration App (3.99; iPad/iPhone). Developed for 4-6 year olds, Dexteria VMI provides visual matching, figure ground, visual discrimination and visual memory tasks.

The app provides two modes, a “create this”, requiring reproduction and “match this” for visual memory.

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All tasks require visual discrimination of size, shape and color.

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Each mode has 10 levels of increasing difficulty. Levels 5 and above provide an additional challenge of completing the task from visual memory.

The match and create activities both track time and accuracy of responses.  Scores are tracked and compared .

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Summary: Dexteria VMI app provides visual motor discrimination and visual memory activities on the iPad and iPhone. The app is intuitive and easy to use. A progressive level of difficulty is present in each mode of the app and reporting to monitor user skill development. I would like to see the levels of each of the modes expanded  with additional activities offered for each of the variables included (e.g. one, two, then three matching  shapes).

Dexteria VMI provides visual discrimination and visual memory activities and monitoring activities for primary aged students and assists therapists with collecting student performance data. I will look forward to trialing this app with students  when school starts this fall!

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Thank you to Binary Labs  for providing the  app for review!

Carol

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Keeble, Keedogo and Keedogo Plus – Back to School Sale from Assistiveware!

Back to School Sale!

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What a great back to school deal – 50% off for Keeble, Keedogo and Keedogo Plus apps from AssistiveWare.

Keeble  and Keedogo apps are some of my favorite apps, providing word prediction, spelling and access support in your keyboard when used with other writing apps. Use these keyboard apps as a scaffold when composing with  standard classroom writing apps and you have spelling, word prediction, enlarged, colored , upper and lower case keyboard options  and more for struggling writers.  At half price, I believe this is a bargain!

Not familiar with Keeble and Keedogo apps? Check out previous reviews on these third party keyboard apps made possible in iOS 8:

Keeble App reviewed on OT’s with Apps

Keedogo Apps reviewed on OT’s with Apps

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Carol

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Sixth Digit – Adaptive Stylus for Quadriplegics

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Sixth Digit

Thanks to Josh Smith’s ingenuity,  there are additional options for access to touch screens, buttons and small target points for those with limited hand function. The mechanical engineer created the Sixth Digit Stylus out of necessity following a C 5 complete SCI  sustained last August from a diving accident.

Josh reported he trialing a variety of styluses that did not work for him, he developed the Sixth Digit stylus/pointer. More than just a stylus for mobile devices, this stylus has a universal design flavor, allowing access to an iPad, standard keyboards, microwaves and more for individuals with poor hand/finger control. What a great device that is portable, wearable and very functional!  Here’s more about his story and invention:

Currently a kick starter project, Josh shared inventory should be available in about 2 months. Check out more about the Sixth Digit Stylus on the Kick Starter website and help him fund his project .

Kudos to Josh Smith for his ingenuity!

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Carol

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Nike Unveils Shoes For People With Special Needs

Thanks to a plea from a teen with cerebral palsy seeking shoes he could put on his feet independently, Nike is introducing sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities.

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With a plea from a teen with a disability, Nike creates shoes for individuals with mobility impairment. Kudos to the teen for being a self advocate!

As scooped on 7/21/2015 from http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/07/15/nike-unveils-shoes/20440/

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Nike Unveils Shoes For People With Special Needs

Thanks to a plea from a teen with cerebral palsy seeking shoes he could put on his feet independently, Nike is introducing sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.disabilityscoop.com

This isn’t an app and not quite the type of AT we typically think about. But if you stretch the concept just a bit… if adaptive shoe laces are assistive technology, then a special shoe could be assistive technology, right.

I thought this was a great news post about a teen with strong determination and self advocacy skills. Kudos to the teen!

 

Looking forward to seeing these shoes on store shelves or web based stores!

As scooped on 7/21/2015 from http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/07/15/nike-unveils-shoes/20440/

Carol

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Review: Flipwrite iPad Keyboard

I’ve read several nonscientific studies that concluded students type equally well whether they use iPads or traditional keyboards (click here; scroll to ‘Keyboarding: iPad vs. Traditional’). These …

 

As scooped with Scoop.it from: http://askatechteacher.com/2015/06/22/review-felix-flipbrand-ipad-keyboard/

Jacqui Murray at Ask a Tech Teacher reviews the Flipwrite iPad Keyboard. This keyboard provides multiple options with the use of the iPad. Check out her review on Ask a Tech Teacher where Jacqui provides her expertise in the area of keyboarding and technology tools.

Carol

 

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Apps for ADL Training

                           I Do Hygiene, Getting Dressed, Chores, Food Apps 

I Do apps       The Center for Educational Technology, dedicates it’s services to education for the 21st Century. Among their projects are special needs apps,  with  “I Do” apps focusing on step by step instruction for self care tasks. Their apps provide video modeling, an evidence based practice¹ for individuals with autism to assist with learning the sequences of self care tasks.

IDO hygiene iconIDo Hygiene app (free; 9.99 for all tasks) was their first self care app which included tasks of brushing teeth, shampooing hair, washing face, taking a shower and many more personal self care activities. Video modeling and a picture sequence is provided for each skill with the tools to create your own video or picture sequence for each task. Audio and text instruction is provided within the videos.

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The I DO series now provides I Do Getting Dressed, I Do Chores and I Do Cooking apps each regularly 8.99. Currently, the I Do Getting Dressed is 4.99 for a short period of time. Here are a few snap shots of the other I Do apps:

I Do Chores iconI Do Chores  (8.99 full version; iPad) contains folding blanket, clothes, vacuuming, washing dishes, straightening room.

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I Do getting dressed iconI Do Dressing (4.99; regularly 8.99 for full version; iPad) provides numerous dressing tasks: putting on socks and shoes, donning coat, dressing for boys and for girls, undressing, dressing for bed among others.

I Do getting dressed pic1 I Do getting dressed pic2I Do food iconI Do Food app (8.99; iPad) provides images and video on food preparation tasks including making a sandwich, chocolate milk and salad as well as related tasks. Washing hands, using a microwave, setting the table and eating with knife and fork are other food preparation instructions provided with image sequences or video modeling.

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The I Do self care apps provides both premade and customizable video modeling instruction for children. What is your favorite app for implementing video modeling at home or school?

References:

¹Evidence Base for Video Modeling (http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/sites/autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/files/imce/documents/VideoModeling_Complete.pdf )

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Carol

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