DDT Words – Dr. Gary Brown’s Discrete Trial Training app

DDT Words for iPad/iPhone app  is one of a series of apps developed by Dr. Gary Brown using Discrete Trial Training, an ABA treatment method. This free version includes 39 sight words for preschool children and provides customization of word lists, methods of presentation and collection of student data. Additional word packs for kindergarten and 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade levels are in app purchases (2.99 each). Instructions are provided in the introduction of app. Here are some images of the  instructions and some of the word selections in the iPod/iPhone app:

iPad settings screen:

Here is a student trial screen:

Instruction to the student is provided verbally in the above screen for the student to identify the  word. Results of percentage of accuracy and words accomplished are provided in a listing in the app. Although different students names can be listed in the app and results gathered there is not a method of creating lists of different students within the app. If used by different students, settings need to be reestablished with each use and data collected is accumulates in one document.

Created to help teach sight words to children, this app is described as appropriate for individuals with autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).  The apps also can be used by any child who has trouble staying on task.

Some of our students at school requiring direct training of reading skills. They currently may use use Edmark Reading, Simon Sounds it Out or Intellitools Classroom Suite software for learning basic words. I see this app supplementing instruction to a student using a dedicated device customized for their specific needs using words that are targeted in the other software they are using. Use of the DTT Word app may provide not only a reinforement of skill development as well as another method of assessment of the student’s word recognition out of the context of other programs he/she are working in. This preschool DDT Words  app provides an opportunity to trial the app and assess how this fits into instruction with a student.

This app currently is not available for Android.

Share this app with teachers or parents if it is not one that will go into your OT iTool Kit!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, 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 students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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