February 05, 2012

Apps for Occupational Therapy

Here is a short list of useful OT Apps I've come across. If you have other recommendations, please feel free to comment and add. 


1. Dragon Dictation 
Finally, if you have a patient that can speak but not write, check out this app. It is a free voice recognition app available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


2. Verbally 
This is an easy-to-use, comprehensive Augmentative and AlternativeCommunication (AAC) app for the iPad. It brings speech to those without and enables real conversation with its simple, intuitive design. Available for free, simply tap on the image to get Verbally to say it for you.


3. Autism Express 
Use this simple app to get feelings listed as pictures. Simply have a patient point to a face to describe their current mood. Available at no charge, it is intended for autism patients.


4. Small Talk 
Get an app designed specifically of the population that need specific and functional phrases paired with simple yet engaging illustrations. Each illustration–minimally colored and simply yet effectively drawn–accompanies a short, functional phrase often needed (and used) by clients with aphasia. Available for free, you can get both a male and female version.


5. Occupational Therapy Spanish Guide (OTSG)
This tool is designed for non-Spanish speaking health care professionals to quickly ascertain vital medical information from their Spanish speaking patients. Simply click the question or phrase to generate audio! Some topics include: 

  • Movement & Motor
  • Pain Assessment
  • Staircase Instruction



Have your patients try out this eye exercise app as part of their visual occupational therapy. It uses simple games which can reduce your visual fatigue and protect your eyesight. Also a good choice for occupational therapists who spend lots of time reading.


7. STS House ($4.99 - iPhone)
STS House is an animated, interactive tool that allows parents and therapists to create endless teaching opportunities in the areas of receptive and expressive language, auditory processing, speeck production, visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills, and problem solving...just to name a few. STS House provides families with a fun way to help their children learn.


8. Dexteria - Fine Motor Skills Development ($4.99 - iPhone)
Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria's unique hand and finger activities take full adantage of the multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity.

9. ABC Pocket Phonics ($1.99)Click here to learn more about this application that targets letter sounds for the 20 letters of the alphabet and letter diagraphs. Therapists can use this app to target the following skills: literacy, phonemic awareness, letter identification, sound symbol relationships, diagraphs, and more.


10. Look2Learn ($15.00)
The app helps kids with visual skills and assists in verbalization of needs and wants. In addition to using included images, the app allows you to use your own voice and images as part of the learning. This app was rated number one by Autism Plugged In.

11. Proloquo 2 Go Get a highly sophisticated communications app here.Proloquo 2 Go is for anyone who cannot afford spending thousands of dollars on an AAC device and yet wants a solution that is just as good if not better. SLPs, teachers, and parents recommend it for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke, or traumatic brain injury. Proloquo 2 Go provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices (currently American, British and Indian English Only), high resolution up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, and advanced word prediction. 

Compatible with iPad/iPhone, provides over 200 puzzles with features allowing choices of connecting by numbers, upper and lower case letters.

13. Mindfuness App - iPad, iPod/iPhone (1.99) 
Mindfulness meditation app; there is interesting new/current research on the positive effects of mindfullness training.

14. Breath2Relax - iPad, iPod/iPhone, Android (Free) 
Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker. 

15. T2Mood Tracker - iPad, iPod/iPhone, Android (Free) 
2 Mood Tracker allows users to monitor their moods on six pre-loaded scales (anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress, general well-being). Custom scales can also be built. Users rate their moods by swiping a small bar to the left or to the right. The ratings are displayed on graphs to help users track their moods over time. Notes can be recorded to document daily events, medication changes and treatments that may be associated with mood changes, providing accurate information to help health care providers make treatment decisions. 

16. My Mood Tracker - iPad, iPod/iPhone (4.99)
The perfect companion for tracking your moods and emotions, and everything else that can affect how you feel. The fun yet powerful design will help you understand what causes your emotions to change, and get you on the path to feeling good.

17. PTSD Coach - iPad, iPod/iPhone/Android (Free) 
Together with professional medical treatment, PTSD Coach provides you dependable resources you can trust. If you have, or think you might have PTSD, this app is for you. Family and friends can also learn from this app.

*If anyone has other suggestions, please let me know. 

1 comment:

  1. 3D Technology helps Autistic kids read:

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-02-06/health/os-autism-technology-orlando-20120206_1_autistic-kids-autistic-children-real-animals

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