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Tech Tips: Apps for Fine Motor Skill Development

February 29, 2016

Technology gives voice to children with impaired language skills

Many children with disabilities or who have experienced a stroke or brain injury have challenges with their fine motor skills. Fortunately, there’s an app for that.

A large focus of fine motor skill development is on the skills of the small muscles in the hands. These skills are important because they enable children to feed themselves, zip, fasten, draw, write and more.

Occupational therapy can help to improve fine motor skills but progress can continue outside of therapy using today’s technologies. Using apps on iPads or tablets, children can build skills including finger movements such as pointing and pinching, handwriting, mazes, patterns, sorting and visual tracking.

Here are a few apps to consider:*

  • Dexteria Jr. Fine Motor Skill Development for Toddlers and Preschoolers – Binary Labs, Inc.
  • Dexteria – Fine Motor Skill Development – Binary Labs, Inc.
  • Letter Quiz – Tantrum Apps
  • Letter Reflex – BinaryLabs
  • Preschool – Monetssori Learning
  • Ready to Print App – Essare LLC

Hard work and practice are essential to skill development and play is a child’s “work,” so engaging in app-based activities and games is a fun way to develop fine motor skills.

Learning about accessibility options on your iPad here

*Note: Fees may apply.

To learn more about assistive technology, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422).