More Apps for Developing Fine Motor Skills

Previously I listed a few apps that specifically work on developing fine motor skills in general or apps that also help develop skills to work on the iPod or iPad for students. Here are a few motor to add to the list of apps that support development of fine motor skills:

Dexteria – Provides explicit training in fine motor tasks of tapping, pinching and handwriting skills. Skills promoted to be developed with this app includes finger isolation, pinching and letter formation. Productions or challenges can be timed to encourage speed and dexterity. The handwriting skill development has levels and provides feedback to students when they draw out side of the lines when forming letters and shows the correct sequence visually with cues of where to start and where to end to assist with developing a motor plan for letter formation.

Although it does not provide that game element helpful for kids to engage and not know they are learning or practicing a skill, it does provide verbal rewards for successful completion.  Great for students with autism who benefit from visual information for learning. Compatible with iPad. On day of this review it sold for $2.99, regularly  $4.99. For more views and information check it out on iTunes or their website.

Dots for Tots – A simple app with nice visuals, animation to help users know what to do, music and also rewards after completing each dot to dot shape. It also nice provides auditory output of the name of the shape that was just drawn and starts out very simple with only 3-4 numbers for young learners. You can also purchase additional  addons for cost. Available in a free and paid version ($.99).

Although it has not gotten great reviews in iTunes, I have not had problems with it on an iPad and believe it is well worth trying out with kids. Available for iPod and iPad.

Dot to Dot Number Whiz –  Another dot to dot app (by the maker of Pocket Phonics – one of my favorities), allows you to customize by user, the age range of the photo library and pictures for the app. Provides visual for where to start drawing and gives you visual feedback for errors all which also can be customized for the user.

This app starts with more numbers as shown above for students who can count up to 5 or 10 (or more). Available in a free version and purchase version ($1.99) for both iPod and iPad.

About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary and work environments. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education and home environments. Currently a graduate student in the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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