Dexteria Jr is one in a series of apps by Binlary Labs Inc, designed in collaboration with Occupational Therapists.
Dexteria Jr. includes hand and finger exercises that are designed to help develop fine motor skills and handwriting readiness. Dexteria Jr is designed with children 2-6 year olds in mind (ie. preschoolers), however I have found it great for older kids who are continuing to work on pre-writing skills such asfluency and pencil control.
Dexteria Jr contains 3 main activities which contain various levels within each activity. These activities are "Squish the Squash", "Trace and Erase" and "Pinch the Pepper".
Trace and Erase is a series of paths that require fluent motion of the finger to draw. There are 29 levels with a progression from straight lines, diagonals, zig zags to more complicated paths with multiple turns.
At each level, the user needs to start at the green arrow and draw along the path to the star (ie. trace). The next step is to drag the eraser along the previously drawn path to reveal the ipad screen underneath (ie. erase). When all the lines or paths have been erased then it is time to pull a funny face and have your photo taken. Each time the photo is "distorted" like looking at those funny mirrors at amusement parks. Kids really love this aspect of the app and it is a motivating factor in finishing the paths.
I like to encourage the use of a stylus with this app as I think you can achieve even more goals in a therapy session. You can encourage a dynamic pencil grasp, pencil control, eye-hand coordination and visual perceptual skills.
I would highly recommend this app for parents, teachers and therapists. It targets fine motor and pre-writing skill development. With the additional use of a stylus this app can be used well beyond the pre-school years that it was designed for. I have found that I use this app the most often, in relation to the other Dexteria apps available. Whilst they have merit, this app has the fun, variety and skill focus that is of the most use to me as therapist.
Here is a video demonstrating the use of the app produced by the developers. If you are receiving this post via email, you may need to click on the title of this post (which will take you to a live web page) before being able to view the video.
Have you tried Dexteria Jr.? What do your kids think of it?
Note: This app is not currently available for Android. I noticed that the original Dexteria app is available for Android. Please contact the developer for information about this app becoming available for Android users.
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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