App: Dexteria Family: Dexteria, LetterReflex, and P.O.V.
Developer: BinaryLabs, Inc.
Platform: iPad and iPhone (English, Chinese, French, Spanish)
Category: Developmental Skills Apps
Trio of Developmental Skills Apps
The Dexteria family, developed by BinaryLabs, Inc., includes a variety of developmental skills apps. These apps are designed to help special needs students excel in acquiring complex skills, such as fine motor dexterity and spatial reasoning abilities. These iOS apps can be used in diverse settings: schools, therapeutic centers, and in the home to help students master issues related to these developmental skills challenges.
The Dexteria app helps to improve fine motor skills, which can be significantly delayed in individuals with autism. Young children diagnosed with autism often have low muscle tone because they don’t engage in physical activity on a regular basis. As such, they may not gain the ability to grasp small objects, dress themselves, or write at the same age as their peers.
The Dexteria app presents a unique opportunity for such individuals to develop basic to advanced fine motor skills.
Tap It Activity
The “Tap It” function of the app helps children increase the precision and speed of their hand movements.
Pinch It Activity
The “Pinch It” game strengthens the child’s pincer grasp, which is a precursor to more advanced skills such as feeding, self care, and writing.
Write It Activity
The “Write It” activity is a letter tracing game that requires high level precision and accuracy.
If you’re interested in tracking your child or student’s progress, Dexteria answers the call! The Reporting and tracking features report time on task and progress.
See Dexteria In Action
Source: YouTube via BinaryLabs
Developmental Skills App #2: P.O.V.
The importance of spatial reasoning or the ability to visualize and mentally manipulate patterns and multiple dimensions is often underemphasized in education. This is especially the case in special needs education where other skills like speech and self-care take precedence. However, spatial reasoning is essential in developing conceptual and abstract math skills. Therefore, this area of intelligence should not be left to slumber or wane.
P.O.V. Focuses on Spatial Skills
Fortunately, the P.O.V. app was developed to help prevent this from happening. This developmental skills app was designed with three different activities to help students hone their ability to spatially reason.
Introduction to Viewpoints
P.O.V. uses camera vantage points that allow children to select and manipulate camera views to match scenes from various pictures.
Through the use of timed assessments, this app tests and sharpens a child’s ability to control objects from various angles to create visually dynamic patterns.
Drag and Drop Features
P.O.V. Offers Progress Tracking
As with the first app we reviewed, Dexteria, P.O.V. also offers reporting, tracking, and emailing of progress reports.
P.O.V. is an essential part of this developmental skills apps trio.
See P.O.V. In Action
Developmental Skills App #3: LetterReflex
The third of the family of developmental skills apps, LetterReflex, helps children overcome issues with letter reversals, which is a common problem among young learners. Children often mix up similar letter combinations such as “q and p”, “d and b”, and “n and u”.
Flip It Activity – Interactive Learning
Tilt It App – Kinesthetic Learning
The LetterReflex app provides a stimulating and interactive platform to help kids conquer letter reversals. This app includes a “Tilt It” game very similar to virtual billiards whereby the iPad tablet is used to shift a ball into a letter pocket.
Tilt It helps the child learn the correct name of the letters while improving his agility and large motor skills. These skills are practiced as the child flexes and moves in order to get the ball in the correct hole.
LetterReflex, a letter reversal iPad app, is great for facilitating early childhood development and also for teaching dyslexic children. The tracking and progress reporting feature is also a bonus!
See LetterReflex In Action
Source: YouTube via a4cwsn
Are You a Teacher Looking To Do Volume Purchasing?
BinaryLabs have made a multi-user version of Dexteria VPP and LetterReflex VPP. This means that it is easier to track and report progress for multiple students. Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) is available in the U.S. and Canada, plus 8 other countries.
This awesome review of the Dexteria family was submitted by regular guest author, Teri T. Teri is a homeschooling mother of two children on the autism spectrum who holds a Master’s of Science in Education. Thanks, Teri!