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The 11 Best Occupational Therapy Apps of 2020

We sifted through the Apple App and Google Play stores to find the best apps to help support the work you do with your clients. Find out which ones made our list.

August 7, 2020

Male patient sitting on yoga mat using OT app on ipad

We use smartphones for everything in life: Organizing tasks, paying bills, shopping -- the list goes on and on. But did you know that your clients can now use their smartphones to continue the progress they make during your sessions -- but on their own time? Believe it or not, there’s a growing list of OT-related apps out there that are specifically designed to help you improve your clients’ skill development and functioning, even when they’re at home. To help you out, we scoured the Apple App and Google Play stores to find the best OT apps on the market right now. Take a look at the list below to see if there are any that might work for your clients’ needs.

Best OT App for Visual Perception

1. Flow Free

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: This app is great for OTs working with patients who have depth- and color-perception issues. It’s an addictive puzzle game that involves connecting colors to cover the entire board. Play is free through hundreds of levels, and the difficulty ranges from casual to challenging. This app offers a very colorful, smooth user interface, fun sound effects, and clean animated graphics.

Best OT Apps for Developing Motor Skills

2. Fun Bubbles

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store(iPhone and iPad only)
  • Price: $0.99
  • Why You’ll Love It: This app is great for helping children develop their fine motor skills. What’s even better is that they absolutely love it! In fact, the app developer created it for the specific purpose of entertaining his own toddler. Although it does have ads, the app has been positively reviewed among adults who say it's relaxing and fun to play, both for their children and themselves. This one is particularly well-suited for OTs working with children or adults who have anxiety and/or ADHD.

3. Cookie Doodle

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store (iPhone and iPad only)
  • Price: $0.99
  • Why You’ll Love It: Cookie Doodle uses the baking process to help children hone their motor skills. It also helps them work on sequencing and creativity, as well as word and picture association. This app gets rave reviews from users, as well as from bloggers and digital publications like Examiner.com, Crowdedbrain, and Dad Aesthetic. On top of that, the app was a Parent’s Choice Foundation award winner and a favorite in Martha Stewart’s magazine. If your child doesn’t love cookies, there are other baked good versions out there, too, including Cake Doodle, Donut Doodle, and Tie Dye Doodle.

Best OT App for Handwriting

4. Dexteria

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: $3.99 ($2.99 for Dexteria Jr.)
  • Why You’ll Love It: Dexteria offers a variety of hand exercises that help support the development of fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in both children and adults. It also helps adults who have suffered some kind of injury rebuild those skills. There’s also a version geared toward children who are just learning how to write: it’s called Dexteria Jr. Both apps use cool animation and graphics, sound effects, and music to create an engaging experience as the user works on honing their handwriting skills.

Best OT Apps for Communication Skills

5. Dragon Anywhere: Dictate Now

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Monthly subscription, $14.99 | Annual subscription, $149.99
  • Why You’ll Love It: True to its name, Dragon Anywhere is innovative dictation software that allows the user to speak into a microphone and have their words transcribed into a document. This app is particularly useful for those clients who can’t type on keyboards easily -- or at all -- most notably, those who suffer from repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. Dragon Anywhere is based on “Dragon Naturally Speaking” speech recognition technology from Nuance Communications, and is the same technology used for Apple’s Siri. The app was ranked the number one business productivity app in Apple's iTunes App Store. The only downside is that the app requires you to have an Internet connection in order to use it.

6. Constant Therapy

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free (In-app purchases available)
  • Why You’ll Love It: Constant Therapy is an award-winning speech therapy app for people who are coping with a variety of speech, language, and cognitive disorders caused by stroke or traumatic brain injuries. The app allows users to develop and hone a different skills, including speech, language, cognition, memory, reading, attention, and comprehension -- anytime, anywhere. Users can set up goal-setting prompts and personalized tasks, and track their progress on their performance dashboard.

Best OT Apps for Clients’ Self-Care

7. Occubuzz

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store (iPhone and iPad only)
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: Occubuzz helps OTAs and OTs gauge their clients' ability to manage day-to-day activities prior to their first session. The app uses plain language and simple terms to assess a user’s status when it comes to feelings like burnout, depression, and anxiety. It also provides the user with tips on what to do and how to address routine personal needs in a down-to-earth way. It’s worth noting that users must sign up for a membership first in order to use the app.

8. Lumosity

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free (In-app purchases available)
  • Why You’ll Love It: Lumosity, dubbed a “brain-training” app, was developed by a team of scientists and designers who transformed cognitive and neuropsychological tasks into games and puzzles that challenge users’ core cognitive skills - specifically, memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem-solving. The app is used by over 100 million people worldwide and includes over 50 different activities for users to try. At the beginning, you’ll be prompted to do a free 10-minute Fit Test, which provides you with baseline scores for different cognitive skills. If you buy into the subscription, you can gain access to curated sets of games based on those scores and the types of skills you’d like to work on. The app can even track your performance across the various activities and provide you with insights into your strengths and weaknesses.

9. Rehab Coach: CVA Stroke Rehabilitation Recovery

  • Available for Download On: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Why You’ll Love It: This app is designed for patients beginning their rehabilitation from a cerebrovascular accident (CVA). It contains several exercises like alphabet and vowel relearning, math exercises, color recognition, memory games, quantity assessment, and facial exercises (for those clients who suffer from expressive aphasia).

Best OT App for Professional Development

10. MedBridge

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free (Yearly subscription also available)
  • Why You’ll Love It: MedBridge provides OTs, PTs, and speech-language pathologists with a comprehensive education platform to help them expand their knowledge, engage patients, and improve outcomes with an evidence-based online curriculum. This app allows users to access a profile and a course catalog to uncover new courses. If you buy into the yearly subscription, you’ll gain access to home exercise programming and patient education tools as well.

Best OT App for Students

11. OT Pocket Prep

  • Available for Download On: Apple App Store | Google Play
  • Price: Free (In-app purchases available)
  • Why You’ll Love It: Pocket Prep is an award-winning mobile learning and exam preparation tool specifically geared toward helping you study for the Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) exam. With the app, you can study anywhere, anytime, directly from a mobile device. Overloading the brain with too much information at once is a common study mistake, and research shows that smaller, more frequent study sessions are the key to retaining information. OT Pocket Prep provides you with short quizzes on the go, and users can interact with each other to ask questions and support each other through the studying process.

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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Berxi™ or Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company. This article (subject to change without notice) is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute professional advice.

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