Wet-Dry-Try App appears to be a great addition to a OT iTool Kit, providing mobile and additional methods of learning to a HWT curriculum. One of the wonderful things about an iPad is the mobile access it provides to carry it from room to room and school to school to use in therapy for transient therapists. However, having used the HWT materials for many years and being a firm believer of the need for development of fine motor skills with real manipulative or tools (using the real materials - the actual slate, chalk and sponges) are important for developing fine motor and sensory motor skills. Reviewer Carol Hesch, OTR also mentions this in her review of the app.
Carol’s review provoked about some further thoughts about using tools when engaging in the app. What tools or manipulatives can be used with the Wet-Dry-Try App?
- Use a stylus to emulate use of a pencil, facilitating the development of a dynamic tripod grasp and preparing for pencil paper transition of skills.
Many different styluses are available. Check out the stylus you are using to determine if they have connectivity to draw or write with the edge of the stylus when holding them at an angle which would facilitate a mature tripod grasp with finger extension.
Some styluses do not allow connectivity along the sides or edges resulting in holding them up and down to write which does not encourage a mature grasp.
Many different stylus choices are available and more enter the market all the time. Here are some reviews of suggested styluses previously posted: Stylus review, More styluses for special needs , Cosmonaut stylus review . Another source for styluses is Lauren Ender’s Pinterest page on Styli for iPads. One of the styluses she reviews is the Simplism Japan Grip Touch Pen for iPad which has a tripod grasp integrated into the shaft of the stylus. I have not trialed this but it looks interesting and is a reasonable price at Amazon ($9.51).
- Use of a piece of cellulose sponge ( yes! – inexpensive cellulose sponge - just like what I cut apart for the HWT chalkboard practice) was conductive on the iPad allowing me to draw/write with the small piece of sponge. This would also facilitate use of a pincer or three fingered grasp during Wet-Dry-Try practice (dependent on skills and goals of the student).
This presented a few thoughts about use of Wet-Dry-Try app and tools to transition students to use of implements. Any suggestions of other tools or methods to use in therapy or with instruction?