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!
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.
Julie, I would agree, the awkwardness requires motor planning for sure!
Here is a listing of cause effect apps that I have curated – it isn’t on my OT app list yet as I am updating and it is taking some time. But there might be something on the list for cause and effect for teens. I have used some of the games such as bowling, the Friskies fishing and jitterbug, Pocket pond and drawing apps, like Paint sparkle, or even the Fireworks Arcade or bubble wrap or balloon pop. Check out the Random app which just has objects. Not sure if this is what you are looking for – hope this paste works! Thanks for visiting and your comment!!
Cause and Effect
Random Touch iPhone/iPad Features single items on the screen to touch to make them disappear. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/random-touch/id440480280?mt=8 0.99
iLove Fireworks Lite iPhone/iPad Touch of the screen creates fireworks. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ilovefireworks-lite/id305321745?mt=8 Lite/.99
Balloon Pops iPhone/iPad Balloons float to be popped. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/balloon-pops/id436692552?mt=8 0.99
Sound Touch Lite iPhone/iPad App provides 6 categories of items to touch/tap which links to real pictures of items in the category. Image, sound provided. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sound-touch-lite/id363705863?mt=8 Free
Sound Touch Lite Android Same as previous. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.soundtouch.lite&hl=en Free
Fun Bubbles iPhone/iPad Cause and effect by popping bubbles. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fun-bubbles/id418079933?mt=8 Lite/.99
Touch Trainer iPhone/iPad Touch Trainer Lite is a simple cause and effect app for someone just learning about touch screen technology.
Touch Trainer Lite plays music and shows a simple animiation whenever the screen is tapped. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touch-trainer-autism-special/id424128577?mt=8 4.99
Bubbles Android Bubble popping cause and effect app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.squishythings.bubbles&hl=en Free
Jitterbug (Friskies app) iPad High contrast, large bug catching app. High contrast, ability to control number of bugs on the screen http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/friskies-jitterbug/id468857054?mt=8 free
Cat Fishing (Friskie’s app) iPad Simplified catching/touching fish swimming on the screen, larger fish with reduced speed http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cat-fishing/id443833370?mt=8 free
Cat Fishing 2 iPad Fish for larger fish. Fishing game that progresses in difficulty http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cat-fishing-2/id494384429?mt=8 free
Fireworks Arcade iPhone/iPad Game app. Provides a touch responsive fireworks display with sound. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fireworks-arcade/id435664934?mt=8 free
Fireworks Arcade Android Same as above https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigduckgames.fireworksarcade&hl=en free
Hope this might help. I appreciate your visit and comments.