Top Occupational Therapy Apps for Fine Motor Fun

Top Occupational Therapy Apps for Fine Motor Fun

Smartphone Apps for occupational therapists, such as Dexteria and Ready to Print, are full of fine motor fun to help therapy students of all ages achieve in school! Looking for cool apps to use? Here are a few of our favorite iPhone and Android apps for you to try in the classroom!

Dexteria

 Are you looking for an app to help your occupational therapy patients enhance their fine motor skills and handwriting readiness? Dexteria could be just the tool for you! It features three functionalities including:

  • Tap It – promoting finger isolation
  • Pinch It – promoting the development of a pincer grasp
  • Write It – promoting the development of advanced finger movements need for tracing letters

Want to learn more about how Dexteria works? Click here to watch the official video demo.

Download for iOS or Android

Dexteria Jr.

Perfect for toddlers and preschool-aged children Dexteria Jr. features hand and finger exercises to help occupational therapy patients ages 2-6 in the development of fine motor skills and handwriting readiness. The app offers age-appropriate learning fun including characters, animations, music and sound effects for improved engagement.

Download for iOS only

Ready to Print

Another great tool for toddler and younger ages in the Ready to Print app, created by an Occupational Therapist to help patients ages 2-7 with handwriting readiness. The app features activities, games and interactive fun for improved student success.

Download for iOS or Android

Dexteria VMI Visual-Motor Integration Skills

Ensure school success with the award-winning Dexteria VMI Visual-Motor Integration Skills app, designed to improve handwriting readiness, basic fine motor and perceptual skills.

Download for iOS only

For more information about school occupational resources or to browse available school openings, contact us today at www.ppredu.com/contact-ppr!

 

 

 

Spring Time Motor Skill Fun for School OTs

Spring Time Motor Skill Fun

Spring into the season with fun activities that promotes both hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills for occupational therapy patients to try! You can purchase all the required materials for both activities for under $10 at Walmart or the Dollar Store.


Fine Motor Color Matching Flowers

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This fine motor and color matching flower activity by The Kindergarten Connection is easy for all ages K-12. Start by taking sheets of felt and cutting out flower shapes. Cut slits into the center of the flowers. Take the colored buttons and choose colors to match your chosen shades of felt. Lace one green through the center of the each button. Ask your student to take each buttoned stem and match it to the same color flower. Then have them attach the two by pulling the stems through.

Needed Supplies

  • Colored felt
  • Color-matched buttons to the felt
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

For more information about this activity visit The Kindergarten Connection online or to Pin it click here.

Spring Flower Fine Motor Tray Activity

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This spring flower activity is blooming with fun for all types of school therapy patients, and this is how it’s done! Start by flipping the colander over top of the floral foam. Have your school therapy patient start formulating their bouquet by sticking each of the flowers into the colander one-by-one!

Needed Supplies

  • One colander
  • Artificial flowers
  • Scissors
  • Floral foam in a half circle shape

For more information about this activity visit No Time for Flash Cards online or to Pin it click here.

Looking for more ideas to try? Follow us on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/pprtmg. For more information about school therapy jobs, contact us at www.ppredu.com/contact-ppr!

Do you have what it takes to be a school-based Occupational Therapist?

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Are you considering contracting as a school-based occupational therapist? Check out the skills listed below, and find out if you have what it takes to become a school-based occupational therapist!

Build Trust

When it comes school-based therapy success, trust is imperative. As a school therapy professional, you not only must build relationships with students but also the teachers and parents of your patients. Trusting relationships with all three parties will help you best treat patients effectively and solve problems constructively.

Be Positive

Students are unique patients. After all, they’re kids! We all have good days and bad, but it’s up to you to make every day in therapy…great! By pushing positivity you help your patients take one step closer towards achieving a better future and life.

Educate to Empower

As a school OT, it’s up to you to formulate the exact treatment that your patients need. They are relying on you to educate and empower them. That said, no one expects you to be superman. However, it’s important that you are proving to patients, teachers and parents that you are willing to do whatever you can. You want to show up and know your stuff!

Think you have what it takes? Visit ppredu.com and apply today!

Awesome San Antonio Attractions to Try for NASP 2017!

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Are you heading to San Antonio for the 2017 NASP Annual Convention and searching for fun and adventure? Here are a few of our favorite San Antonio attractions to try February 21–24, 2017.

City View from Tower of Americas

Enjoy unparalleled views, 750-feet above the city! Built in 1968, the Tower of America is one of San Antonio’s hottest tourist attractions and a must do while you’re in town.

Downtown Tuesday’s on Riverwalk

Dine, drink and eat along Riverwalk in Downtown San Antonio – the city’s trendiest spot for food and fun with free parking, specials and alluring nightlife! Visit www.downtowntuesday.com to find out more!

Sip Your Way through the Texas Wine Trail

Sip your way from Northern San Antonio to Fredericksburg, Lampasas and onto New Braunfels, where you can wine your way through the Texas Wine Trail’s 30 Hill Country wineries.

Underground Adventures at the Natural Bridge Caverns

See the San Antonio like you’ve never seen it before! Explore the Natural Bridge Caverns by rope as you crawl, climb and venture on through a 160-foot shaft with a lighted helmet to guide you! For guided tours visit or contract:

Fiesta Friday

Celebrate your last night of NASP on the town with Fiesta Friday at the Blue Star Arts Complex, starting at 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, drinks and specialty local beers on tap at Bar 1919 and Blue Star Brewing Co.

For more information about NASP visit https://www.nasponline.org/professional-development/nasp-2017-annual-convention! Let us know when you’re heading that way by contacting us at www.ppredu.com.

 

Valentines Day Activities for SLPs

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Share the love this Valentine’s Day with speech therapy fun on our “SLP Love” Pinterest board. From games to door décor, check out some of our favorite speech language pathology pins for February 14th fun, below!

Sign Language Love

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Grab some paper, scissors and glue…and you’re good to go! This craft is simple for students of all ages to try. Start by tracing your student’s hand on a colored sheet of paper and a heart on another colored piece of paper. Then, help your student cut each shape out. Glue the middle and ring finger of the cutout down with a heart pasted on top (see picture). Finish this craft by asking your student what they love MOST about speech and writing it in the heart with their name. Use this craft as door or bulletin board décor! This idea is tons of fun, affordable and easy to do.

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Valentine Beginning Sound Match

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this sound matching! This activity is an easy-to-make DYI craft or you can download it online for the affordable prices of $4.75 on the Teachers Pay Teachers website. Each heart has two halves. Your student has to match each pictured object with the correct letter! This activity is great for younger ages and small groups to do together as well.

SLP Door Decor

v4 Deck out your classroom door in Valentine’s Day and language love like the décor pictured above! Try this design or create your own. Share your design with us on Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram by tagging us @pprtmg!

For more great ideas, follow our SLP Love Pinterest board! For more information about nationwide school opportunities for SLPs, contact us today at www.ppredu.com/contact-ppr!