App Name/Publisher: iWriteWords
Description: A beginning writing program that actually teaches proper letter and number formation through the use of adorable graphics. Pleasant sounds and an appealing voice accompany the actions. A crab icon identifies where the child’s finger should be placed to start each letter and connect-the-dots numbers show how to form the letters. Once the letter is drawn, a small box with the letter falls and bounces to the bottom of the screen. Drag it or turn the iPad to move the letter box to the bottom right corner to drop it in a hole. When writing words, a cute drawing of an animal appears while a voice reads the word.
Therapy Use: This app is unique in that it will only allow the child to complete the letter, number, or word if it is executed in the correct manner. Too many writing programs are concerned only with output. The focuse is placed on the process of writing which helps develop foundational motor plans necessary for functional writing.
App Benefits/Likes: Options include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and upper and lower case words. The size of each letter or digit can be adjusted as the child gains proficiency. When letters or numbers are not drawn correctly, the image shakes accompanied by a squeaky toy sound. This draws the child’s attention back to the starting crab to try again in a gentle way.
Cautions: The letters are presented only in alphabetical order with no option to focus on letters of choice. Numbers also are presented in consecutive order and you will find a limited set of words.
Fine motor planning
Fine Motor control
Pacing (slowing down to increase accuracy)
Age/Grade Levels Targeted
Early Elementary (Grades 1 – 3)
How to Activate
Isolated finger point
Hold and drag
Type of Device
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Would you recommend this app?
Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L
Children’s Therapy Associates, LLP
all4mychild (coming soon)
May 9, 2011