Motor App List From Boston’s Children’s Hospital

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While searching for information, I stumbled upon Apps and Clinical Features Matching Handouts resource from Boston Children’s Hospital which provided not only feature matching templates but also an interesting list of Motor Apps created by Jessica Caron (May 2013) . Her list of more than 15 app provides a unique curation of “Apps Used to Refine Motor Movements”.

Created to identify specific apps that encourage certain interaction on a mobile device for access to communication (swiping, tap, precise pointing, etc.), Jessica Caron lists the apps and the skills needed when using the app (drag, tap, swipe, refined point). Although created for communication, this list could also be very helpful for those searching for apps for beginning iPad switch or direct touch users.

The image below is shows an example of part of her list of Motor Apps:

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Check out her complete handout  Motor Apps  on the Boston Children’s Hospital website if you are looking for apps for emergent iPad users and apps with specific motor requirements. Jessica Caron also shares an App List and iPad Accessories for you to peruse on the Boston Children’s Hospital Resource.

If you are looking for more information on touch progression or switch access on the iPad, also check out Ian Bean’s resources at: . He has a wealth of information specifically on touch and switch progression!

So many resources and so little time!!

More for your OT mTool 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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