Apps are becoming increasingly popular for many people around the world. As this technology becomes more readily available and is implemented into the healthcare system, the growing number of available apps requires that Occupational Therapists, among other healthcare professionals, have to be competent in determining the quality and relevance of an app for clinical practice, and aligning a specific app for a specific patients’ care.
Occupational Therapy apps that lead to positive outcomes for patients in care are hard to find on the mhealth marketplace, but Dexteria, a therapeutic tool that improves motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults, is one of the most effective Occupational Therapy apps out there.
What is Dexteria?
Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take advantage of the iOS multi-touch screen to help build strength, control and dexterity for children or those with special needs. The Occupational Therapy app is backed by independent research studies, including a study by Huntingdon University published in the Journal of Hand Therapy. The three modes; ‘Write It’, ‘Tap It’ and ‘Pinch It’, are exercises with gamified features built into each activity to make them more interesting and fun to use for therapy and practice. Dexteria also;
- Increases coordination and motor control in the hands and fingers.
- Automatically creates performance and usage reports that can be emailed and sent to healthcare professionals, including Occupational Therapists.
- Speeds recovery from injuries and stroke.
- Also works for adults as well as children.
- Designed in consultation with Occupational Therapists.
The exercises are designed to be repeatable and engaging for children; for best therapeutic results the exercises should be completed on a regular basis in short sessions alongside an Occupational Therapist. The automatic tracking and reporting feature makes it easy for parents and Occupational Therapists to identify recovery time on each task and the progress of a user, as well as being able to implement this data into further therapy for the patient.
Although this Occupational Therapy app is only available on iOS, and costs £2.99 to purchase, it is one of the most effective apps that is currently being used by occupational therapists, which is proven by Dexteria winning Editor’s Choice Award for Children’s Technology. Not many Occupational Therapy apps like this have research studies behind them, and even fewer have seen such a positive response from Occupational Therapists themselves;
"For Occupational Therapists, the one huge benefit is the ability to track the child's progress." - YourTherapySource.com
"Outstanding app and I highly recommend it. Children are very motivated to use it. I’m a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and I use it to work on fine motor integration, fine motor precision, hand exercises, handwriting, writing speed, etc." – App store review.
Read more on the Dexteria website.