Dexteria is a top innovative a unique app to help improve and support fine motor skills development. It offers a set of therapeutic hand exercises to practice hand and fingers activities via a multi touch interface. Daily use of Dexteria can help build strength, control and dexterity.
Dexteria: Help improve fine motor skills
The iPad technology can offer tremendous help to parents, teachers and occupational therapist. The development of app that optimize the use of multi touch interface can offer interactive exercise aimed at supporting kids coordination and motor control in the hands and fingers. An example of such “smart” app is Dexteria.
Dexteria is a an educational/medical app that offers a set of exercises that will stimulate and help support the development of fine motor skills. Fine Motor Skills is defined as:
“ the coordination of small muscle movements which occur e.g., in the fingers, usually in coordination with the eyes. In application to motor skills of hands (and fingers) the term dexterity is commonly used.” (Wikipedia).
Using Dexteria you will find 3 different activites:
Tap it - Finger and Hand Movement:
Place your hand on the screen and start typing on each button as quickly as possible.The goal of the activity is to enhance hand and finger control. You will need to tap 32 times. Each time your score is recorder and saved you so you can track progress.
Pinch It – Finger and Hand Movement
With this activity you will need to pinch the crabs. The pinching activity provide practice with the fine motor skills needed to pick up object and holding a pencil. Practice can hlp improve thumb and pointer finger fine motor skills.
Write It – Advance Hand Movement
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Dexteria is a top quality and impressive app. We are no expert in the field of occupational therapy, but we can see the benefit of such an app. It is very well designed, easy to use and using it on a regular basis can help improve fine motor skills.
We especially liked the first activity where you place your hand on the screen and it register the position of your finger. Anyone can use it. Small hand, big hand, left hand or right hand, each time Dexteria calibrate the position of the finger.
Comment from specialized users are also very good and are as follow:
"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." - from an iTunes App Store review
“This is a great app for children struggling with fine motor strength and coordination. It provides a fun platform to help kids strengthen fundamentals needed for handwriting. … The actual learning to print letters is the best I have seen." - from an iTunes App Store review
Overall, Dexteria is a top app that can help and support all children including kids with special needs. It is well done, easy to use and used on a regular basis it can help with fine motor skills development for a more than reasonable cost : 4.99 USD!
Dexteria is available for download via the iTunes App Store .
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