Skill Training App – Visual Motor Fun!

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Skill Training App

Looking for a fun and challenging visual motor activity app for your students or adult patients? Check out Skill Training app (look out you might be hooked…)!

Skill Training app for iPhone and iPad (2.99) is a visual motor/spatial reasoning app that requires drawing, motor planning and spatial problem solving activity. Created by the same developer as the Skill Game app, it is appropriate for upper elementary ages through adults.

Skill Training app, like Skill Games,  adapts the level of the task to your abilities . It differs however by allowing multiple users or clients which tracks their progress. Skill Training app requires connecting numbers in order without crossing or touching lines. Motor accuracy and motor planning are required to complete the task.

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A magnifying glass is available to show what is happening under your finger (top left tool in image below), however using a stylus also helps with drawing on the iPad and visualizing the what is on the screen. A skill score is calculated automatically based on how accurate you are. Skipping or restarting is allowed which can help the user practice and see improvements as reflected in the score. Options are readily available on the screen for ease of adapting the task.

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Options in Skill Training app provide levels of difficulty (adaptable, constant and random presentation) and element choices  such as turning on/off obstacles, challenging papers and one way streets reducing the motor and cognitive demands for each user. Skill Training pic1With the ability to adapt the difficulty, a wide range of tasks are available to the user which adapts according to their production.

Other settings available within the app include:

  • Size of the numbers (adaptive, adaptive big, constant)
  • Left-handed mode option
  • Magic Pen
  • Audio

Skill Training App is a fun app providing customizable activities for students/clients and also provides scores that can help to assess skill improvements.

Try it out – if you like visual spatial puzzles, you may find your name on the user list and comparing your own scores!

In need of a stylus for drawing? Consider some of the styluses suggested in the OT’s with Apps aStore at Amazon or check out another new tool, the TapTool that can help with accuracy with touch screen. The TapTool is currently developed by a PT to increase access and reduce the effects of repetitive stress injury for heavy touch screen users.

Have fun with Skill Training app – I did !


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.
This entry was posted in Adults, App Reviews, Apps for OT's, Apps for Special Needs, Drawing, Elementary School, Game, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Middle School, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Puzzles, Rehabilitation, School Based Interventions, Uncategorized, Visual Memory, Visual Perception. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Skill Training App – Visual Motor Fun!

  1. I do enjoy this app but just a tip – need to use it on the iPad. Way too small for iPhone for me.

    If you want simpler versions of the same concept check out this free printable from Crossing Paths – Not an app but it is a similar motor planning and visual motor task.

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