Finger Fun App

Finger Fun app currently is a free app for iPhone/iPad that is described for children ages 2-6 years of age. It is rather unique as it requires finger isolation skills while touching dots. One or more dots can be presented on the screen at a time requiring simultaneous touching to complete the task. One hand or two hands, fingers must touch the dots at once for a picture reward to be shown.

Sounds are provided when you touch the dots and the dot is highlighted (white ring) when touched properly and to show which dots have been activated. I found that if not all dots were pressed after a period of time the next pattern reduced the number of dots presented. The number of dots presented increased quickly from one activity to the next and could cause frustration to a child with limited finger isolation.  No setting options are available in the app or in the Settings icon where some apps provide feature choices.

Finger Fun provides an interesting app that could be used for developing finger isolation or used as a motor planning activity. Each activity provides dots placed in different locations requiring definite motor planning skills of how to approach the dots much less activate them with individual fingers. Recommnded for children ages 2-6 years, a method of adaptation for this app could be assist a child with your touch of some of the dots, requiring them to only touch one or two to complete simultaneous activation. For upper ages, requiring use of two hands to activate, making it a bilateral activity for students.

I would like to see more setting options in this app with controls for numbers of dots that are presented. It would also be great to be able to have two different colors of dots possible on the screen, requiring students to consider using one hand to activate each color (ie. right hand touches read, left touches green) to make it a laterality and bilateral development activity.  Option of turning off some of the sounds or music that it plays might also be important as it could be a distraction, overload of sensory information or just annoying to some children

So check it out and see it this would go in your OT iTool Kit. It has some possibilites that I am not aware of in too many other iOS apps. Let us know what you think!

Carol

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

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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2 Responses to Finger Fun App

  1. Julie says:

    I like the concept but it felt awkward when there were multiple dots. I agree that having multiple colored dots for each hand would be helpful. I wish they would develop an app focused on targeting and cause/effect for teens. I work with multiply disabled teens and they are just beginning to develop skills to access the ipad, but the majority of the apps for targeting are for toddlers.

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