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Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Five Favorite Apps

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Five Favorite Apps

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For the past year and a half, AOTA members have had the opportunity to access the Apps for Occupational Therapy database. Once a month we highlight an app from the database in our e-newsletter, 1-Minute Update.

We went through the apps highlighted in our e-newsletter for pediatric occupational therapy practitioners and found the 5 most popular (by the number of clicks to the app stores).

5) Annoying Sounds App
Help children not be distracted by annoying sounds with an app that lets them listen to the sound and turn the volume down, up, or off to help them desensitize. The Annoying Sounds app is free for Android (download in the Google Play Store) and Apple (download in the iTunes store).

4) Fun Timer and Activity Timer
Timer apps can help children with weak time management skills stay on task. The Fun Timer app for Apple is $2.99 (download in the iTunes store) and Activity Timer Trial for Android  is free (download in the Google Play store). Both of these apps work well for children.

3) Sightwords
The Sight Words app helps children learn to read with a list of 315 words categorized by age group. The app is free for Android (download in the Google Play Store) and Apple (download in the iTunes store).

2) Songify
Turn everyday phrases and words into songs! Children can sing along while talking and practicing words. The Songify app is free for Android (download in the Google Play Store) and $2.99 for Apple (buy it in the iTunes store).

1) White Noise
Is your child easily distracted by sounds—making it difficult to focus on the activities at hand? Provide him or her with predictable background noises that block out distracting sounds with the White Noise Lite app. The app is free for Android (download in the Google Play Store) and Apple (download in the iTunes store).

Want to see more apps for children & youth? Check out AOTA's Apps Database (for AOTA members only). What are your favorite apps for children and youth? Tell us in the comments.

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  • I'm going to guess these apps got the most clicks, but NOT the most likes/popularity once examined/downloaded. I've tried all of them at various times and I do like white noise apps and cool timer apps. Songify, Sight words, and Annoying sounds, are all fine in their own way, and I'm sure some people will swear by them, but I find it hard to imagine they are truly that popular once examined. Feel free to prove me wrong though!!!

  • Yes, that's correct - it's just based on number of clicks. Unfortunately we don't have a way to track whether people download, like, or continuously use the apps. It would be great to have that info, though! (I guess the app developer would have this data, but they wouldn't be able to separate out OTs!).

    Do share your five favorite apps! I'd love to know those.