Step-By-Step App from SOAR

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StepByStep App


StepByStep app   for iPad, (free, in-app purchase for additional sequences) is a OT created app requiring sequencing clip art pictures of steps of activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living for children and adults. Steps of activities of daily living are provided in varying length (from 3 to 10 images)  requiring drag and drop to attain correct order of the activity.

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The free app provides two activity of daily living sequences for each kids and adults . In app purchase of all kids or all adult sequences is available for 9.99. Purchasing each sequence is .99. Activities of daily living activities available include task sequences as brushing teeth, getting dressed, donning socks, washing hands, telling time, writing an email, doing laundry, making a sandwich, planting seeds , buying a candy bar and more. Mobility sequences of transferring in/out of a car, transfers with a shower chair, ascending stairs and sit to stand and stand to sit ascending a stairs for individuals with an impairment are also included.

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Feedback in the form of a text message is provided to the user with completion of sequencing the tasks.

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Multiple users can be entered into StepbyStep app. Results of their performance is provided with a picture of their completed task sequence.

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Monitoring user performance can also be reviewed in the user history which listing the task , date, accuracy and time it took to complete the task sequence.

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At the current time I did not have a chance to trial this app with a client. The app is easy to use and navigate. Pictures of the visual sequences are clear and easy to understand. It would appear that users would easily be able to manipulate the sequencing task if capable of performing drag and drop.

Additional features I would like to see considered for StepbyStep app include accessibility options or multi-sensory options such as audio recording of each of the step of the task, text for multi-sensory feedback of steps of the task. Text on each of the steps or the option to add or turn on would also be helpful for those individuals who are text-based to provide clarification of the step. An auditory feedback when completed as a reward or try again would also provide clarification of task performance.

New ADL sequences can not be created and imported into the app. A few sequences I would like to see offered include washing face, combing hair, packing a backpack for school. It also would be great to be able to be able to assign sequences to a user and send a PDF of the pictured sequence items that can be cut out and shared with parents as home programming.

Have you used StepByStep app? Share your experience.


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Voice Dream Writer – On Sale

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Voice Dream Writer App


Voice Dream Writer app, newly debuted in the past few weeks is on sale this weekend ( 1-29-31/2015). for 7.99. A compliment to Voice Dream Reader app, Winston Chen’s Writer app provides tools for the struggling writer.

Here are a few views of the app:

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Interested in a video review? Check it out here: Voice Dream Writer app video



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Lanyards and Straps for iPhones and iPod Touches | ATMac

There are not a lot of ways to permanently attach a strap or lanyard to your iPhone or iPod Touch – but there are probably more than you think there are. Here are our best suggestions.


A HUGE H/T to Ricky Buchanan for the extensive post on, ” Straps and Lanyards for your iPhone”! There are dozens of fabulous suggestions and links on ways to attach and secure a device using straps, lanyards and cases for iPhone and iPods.

Thank you much Ricky for your time and for sharing your resource list.


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Voice Dream Writer App Available !

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Voice Dream Writer App

Voice Dream Writer app (9.99) developed by Winston Chen was released this past week. Also the developer of Voice Dream Reader app (iPhone/iPad), Winston Chen has been dedicated to improving and offering features in his Reader app for individuals with disabilities. Continual improvement of his apps for greater functionality as requested by his users has been a hallmark of his apps.

Voice Dream Writer app  (iPhone / iPad) offers unique and comprehensive writing tools for individuals with disability. Text to speech for editing, phonetic spelling and word finder options to support selection and generation of spelling and word usage as well as methods of aiding written organization is offered in Voice Dream Writer. Winston Chen has again listened to his users to create an app supporting the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Here is a video from Voice Dream web page  explaining some of the  unique features in Voice Dream Writer app:

Exciting new writing app from a dedicated developer! I am looking forward to trying it out!


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Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic

After testing the app for a month with two classes of students, I can endorse Study Habits as the best student productivity app for iOS. Compared to its competitors, Study Habits provides the richest array of features and augments its planning capabilities with proven study aids.
The app enables students to manage their time, monitor their GPAs, and adopt effective study habits. Thanks to its educational-psychology-based learning and motivation strategies, Study Habits is unparalleled in the productivity app market. Read on to find out what Study Habits can do and why no other student planning app compares.


iStudiez Pro app for iOS has generally been the recommended app for secondary and post secondary students. Edudemic reviews a new student planner app, Study Habits (iPhone/ iPad) used to become a self-regulated learner. The app’s goal is to instill healthy study habits that focus on the following areas: deemed as critical for learning:  memory, stress/anxiety, reading comprehension, time management, writing, and motivation.  Ratings have been good – time to check it out and reconsider app recommendations!


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New Apps & Apps Gone Free Today!

freeHere are a few new and free apps to check out (remember, its still a mystery for how long it’s free…) to determine if they will support your intervention or administrative needs:

Quick Math Jr iconQuick Math Jr. (iPhone / iPad) by Shiny Things is a basic math app for 3-7 year olds featuring counting, addition, subtraction, number sequence, count skip, writing numbers and more. Allows unlimited user profiles.

Fruit Ninja iconFruit Ninja (iPhone /iPad) is an old favorite, now gone free. Slice fruit in the Game Center app. There are in app purchases.


PT Pad iconPT Pad (iPad) is an functional assessment app for therapists and nurses. Provides 3 free tests (Timed Up & Go), 6 Minute Walk, Berg Balance Scale). Other standard assessments require subscription. 7.99 for 30 days or 79.99 for 365 day purchase.

Monki Hide and Seek iconMonki Hide and Seek (iPhone /iPad ) for 2 + year olds is a hide and seek game  with difference geographical areas as the scene where animals hide.

Check them out and see if they will support your OT mTool Kit.


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Henry Evans And his Telepresence Robot – The Assistive Technology Daily

Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage — and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called ..


A big H/T to  The Assistive Technology Daily who scours the Internet for the most interesting and state of the art AT news!

One of their recent posts review a telepresence robot. What a fabulous way for individuals who are medically fragile to be a presence literally anywhere. Do you know of any students, who are medically fragile and receive virtual education at home? Visualize them being present in the classroom with a telepresence robot!

How long will it take before we see this at school?

What fabulous opportunities technology (and some cash) can offer!

Thank you to The Assistive Technology Daily!


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