Step-By-Step App from SOAR

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StepByStep App


StepByStep app   for iPad, (free, in-app purchase for additional sequences) is a OT created app requiring sequencing clip art pictures of steps of activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living for children and adults. Steps of activities of daily living are provided in varying length (from 3 to 10 images)  requiring drag and drop to attain correct order of the activity.

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The free app provides two activity of daily living sequences for each kids and adults . In app purchase of all kids or all adult sequences is available for 9.99. Purchasing each sequence is .99. Activities of daily living activities available include task sequences as brushing teeth, getting dressed, donning socks, washing hands, telling time, writing an email, doing laundry, making a sandwich, planting seeds , buying a candy bar and more. Mobility sequences of transferring in/out of a car, transfers with a shower chair, ascending stairs and sit to stand and stand to sit ascending a stairs for individuals with an impairment are also included.

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Feedback in the form of a text message is provided to the user with completion of sequencing the tasks.

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Multiple users can be entered into StepbyStep app. Results of their performance is provided with a picture of their completed task sequence.

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Monitoring user performance can also be reviewed in the user history which listing the task , date, accuracy and time it took to complete the task sequence.

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At the current time I did not have a chance to trial this app with a client. The app is easy to use and navigate. Pictures of the visual sequences are clear and easy to understand. It would appear that users would easily be able to manipulate the sequencing task if capable of performing drag and drop.

Additional features I would like to see considered for StepbyStep app include accessibility options or multi-sensory options such as audio recording of each of the step of the task, text for multi-sensory feedback of steps of the task. Text on each of the steps or the option to add or turn on would also be helpful for those individuals who are text-based to provide clarification of the step. An auditory feedback when completed as a reward or try again would also provide clarification of task performance.

New ADL sequences can not be created and imported into the app. A few sequences I would like to see offered include washing face, combing hair, packing a backpack for school. It also would be great to be able to be able to assign sequences to a user and send a PDF of the pictured sequence items that can be cut out and shared with parents as home programming.

Have you used StepByStep app? Share your experience.


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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2 Responses to Step-By-Step App from SOAR

  1. kim wiggins says:

    Actually. ..have you seen I Do Hygiene? It’s a new app that does the same thing but way more for the same price! Just came out February 9th.

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