|Angry Birds as Vehicle for Therapy
injini. Injini offers a collection of learning games which are designed to target cognitive, language, and fine motor delays. The games contain an extraordinary wealth of content: 10 feature games with 90 puzzles, over 100 beautiful illustrations, 8 farm-themed mini-games and more. Injini is ideally suited for early intervention - it brings fun to learning and at the same time practices children’s fine motor and language skills, understanding of cause and effect, spatial awareness, memory and visual processing. An Occupational Therapist's buffet!
|Pinch the Crabs!
|Not just Co-Writer...
|Draw and Write!
A favorite for writing is Scribble-Press with the sweet price of FREE. My colleague Ashley Robinson recently wrote a grant which will allow us to purchase a number of iPads with the app loaded for a number of our schools (see details here). The program is designed for literacy development. It reminds me of the Mad Libs from our child-hood, but all techno-tized! I like to take it a step further and incorporate handwriting instruction into each word chosen. A more detailed review is can be found here.
A great app for supporting letter and number formation is iWrite Words. I have yet to find a child not engaged by this app. In the settings the adult can predetermine what handwriting program the lessons will most closely mirror (think Zaner-Bloser, HWT, etc.) I wrote a more comprehensive review of this app here.
Similarly, take a look at the review of Visual Timer, which is a go to app for many therapists (including SLPs, PTs, etc). It essentially duplicates the large clock with the red display of remaining time. Check out the review here.
So, these apps were not necessarily created with Occupational Therapy in mind, but they sure fit nicely. Sometimes even right out of the box. As usual though, it's important to make sure that the app you are using is addressing the goals your working on. Hope you find these apps useful, and I'd love to hear about other apps that folks are using.