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Memory Apps on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Memory Apps on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Smartphones prove to be worthy options as assistive technology for cognition for memory compensation following TBI.
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Tracey Wallace, MS CCC SLP provides a review of apps to support individuals with TBI. Her list of suggestions for apps that support memory challenges are functionally based, appropriate for OT's working with this population. The review also provides great suggestions for creating an app matrix to help recall important components in apps needed for app selection.

 

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ARC Pen for Parkinson's Disease - The Assistive Technology Daily

The ARC pen might look laughably large, but it could be the perfect option for folks with Parkinson’s disease. It was created by a group of students from UK’s Royal College of Art and the Imperial College London to combat a Parkinson’s symptom called micrographia.
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I love The AT Daily website, they find the best AT innovations! Here is another innovative AT idea, the ARC Pen for Parkinson's Disease. Created by neuroscientists and students to combat writing challenges of individuals with Parkinson. As OT's we have all worked with individuals like this. Weighted pens and stabilization can help sometimes but the research on the use of this ARC Pen is very promising. How exciting! Check it out on The AT Daily website from those clever folks at the North Carolina AT Program!

Thank you AT Daily for scouring the market for all things AT and sharing them to improve the quality of the clients we service!

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Be My Eyes | Remote Help for the Blind - The Assistive Technology Daily

Be My Eyes is an app that allows blind people to request remote help from a sighted person when needed.
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Assistive Technology Daily share a new iOS app that provides human assistance to individuals with visual challenges using remote connection. Check out  the AT Daily Post.

 

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Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic

Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
After testing the app for a month with two classes of students, I can endorse Study Habits as the best student productivity app for iOS. Compared to its competitors, Study Habits provides the richest array of features and augments its planning capabilities with proven study aids.
 

The app enables students to manage their time, monitor their GPAs, and adopt effective study habits. Thanks to its educational-psychology-based learning and motivation strategies, Study Habits is unparalleled in the productivity app market. Read on to find out what Study Habits can do and why no other student planning app compares.

Via John Evans
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iStudiez Pro app for iOS has generally been the recommended app for the post secondary and secondary students. Edudemic reviews a new student planner app that monitors use of time, grades and schedules. It has received good recommendations for post secondary students. Time to check it out and reconsider app recommendations!

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Sesame Touch-Free Smartphone

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First Touch-Free Smartphone, designed for people with disabilities
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Thanks to Assistive Technology Daily for posting information about the Touch Free-Smartphone development.

Read on about the Sesame project for accessing Android phones hands free!

What a great advance!

For more information check out the information here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sesame-touch-free-smartphone

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This Holiday Season Be Nice, Not Naughty: Use the Most Readable Low Vision Font

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It is holiday greeting card time! Tis the season to remember friends and family, whether across the street or across the globe. Be nice to those on your mailing list who may have low vision, and co...
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Here are a few tips from IPAT that can help improve access to print for individuals with low vision. Not only can these tips be helpful to individuals with low vision, but are factors that might also support individuals with visual perceptual or learning challenges. H/T to IPAT for sharing their expertise!

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Mr C goes to school: Soulver- a great math app for students who can't show their working!

Mr C goes to school: Soulver- a great math app for students who can't show their working! | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Steven Cordwell shares another math writing equation option for iOS - the app Soulver.

Check out his blog post for more information. But just a heads up Steven is an Aussie - so If you are stateside and looking for the app it is available from US iTunes here: (4.99)  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soulver-notepad-calculator/id348142037?mt=8

Thank you for visiting OT's with Apps Steven and sharing this math app option!

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Special Issue: At what age should we put babies on a digital media diet? : The Digital Media Diet

Special Issue: At what age should we put babies on a digital media diet? : The Digital Media Diet | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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I have long enjoyed The Digital Media Diet that can bring research and perspective on young children's learning in the digital age. They bring thought provoking questions and research on the subject.

In my workshops and posts I have referenced the guidelines of the American Pediatric Academy for screen time for children- resulting in interesting discussions and reflections on exposure and use. In this article The Digital Media Diet addresses screen time guidelines and provides a developmental perspective on that. This information is an important perspective for OT's and teachers to review and consider as we use the technology for children with developmental challenges.

An interesting read from The Digital Media Diet, thanks for keeping us all informed!

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Flip Writer AAC | Two Displays

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Flip Writer lets you type a message on the keyboard, and this message is displayed on two displays,
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AT Daily reviews Flip Writer app. Free, with in-app purchase for word prediction, provides a flipped display for a communication partner. Wow, I remember when these types of devices were specialized and quite expensive .  Flip Writer AAC is developed by the creators of Spell Better.

If you need a text based communication device, check this out.

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Touch+ - Makes Any Surface Multitouch

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A small, sleek bar that "sees" your hands, the Ractiv Touch+ (formerly Haptix) makes any surface multitouch and more! Touch+ is the first to let you control your computer from any surface and with simple hand gestures. From web browsing to designing, Touch+ makes interaction simple, practical, and powerful.
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AT Daily shares another new technology find that provides access to your computer from any surface.

 

It will be interesting to see this as it rolls out.

 

Thanks to Assistive Technology Daily who scours for all things AT and shares it with all of us!

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Smart Apps For Special Needs: 10 Apps for Teaching Emotions and Calming Skills

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Smart Apps for Special Needs provides apps for emotions and calming skills. There are great suggestions listed, any more you can add?

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iPads help older people get more out of life.|My Ageing Parent

iPads help older people get more out of life.|My Ageing Parent | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
iPads combat elderly loneliness and isolation. Top tips on how to get your older parent using an iPad from UK leading elderly care advice website for carers
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Do you have an aging parent or work in geriatrics? Here are some suggestions for using iPad as an intervention and some research about the ease of reading on an iPad. 

Worth the visit if this population is part of your personal or professional life.

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Six Apps Every OTA Student Should Have

Six Apps Every OTA Student Should Have | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Use these apps to help in your education and your career.
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Here is a back to school resource for OTA students from St. Catherine's University in Virgina. The OTA Blogger provides "Six Apps Every OTA Student Should Have", sharing assessment, intervention and equipment resources apps. 

If you are an OTA student, are these in your OT mTool Kit?

 

Check them out!

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Symbaloo

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I really like Symbaloo! A place where you can organize and share your favorite websites. How do you like Symbaloo?
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As scooped on Scoopit from http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/aztapgoogleappattack?searched=true 

Fabulous collaborative work of Aaron Marsters and Mary Keeney from AZTAP.  A Symbaloo focused on  Google Apps and Chrome  as AT.  What a great resource!

Thank you to Aaron Marsters and Mary Keeney for all their work!!

 

Carol from OT's with Apps and Technology

 

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Audio Notetaker Version 4 Launched: Integration with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and more! | Adaptive Technology Resources Blog

Audio Notetaker Version 4 Launched: Integration with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and more! | Adaptive Technology Resources Blog | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

Audio Notetaker is a great note taking tool for Windows PC. It has a synchronizing iOS app for recording and importing audio recordings to the Audio Notetaker software. The features of the software include recording audio tagged with presentation slides imported (such as PPT) into the software, audio recording separated by speakers chunks of messages, typing notes during the recording or at a later time and color coding the audio recorded are just a few of the tools offered.

The latest version has just gotten mightier - new features of integrating DNS recorded audio to the software and transcription to text is now available.

Wow, amazing tools for secondary and postsecondary students. Application as a workplace tool for creating reports and organizing meeting notes when note taking is a challenge could definitely be helpful tool.

Check it out at Adaptive Technology Resources , supplier and trainer of Audio Notetaker.

Great tool!

 

 

 

 

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Lanyards and Straps for iPhones and iPod Touches | ATMac

Lanyards and Straps for iPhones and iPod Touches | ATMac | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
There are not a lot of ways to permanently attach a strap or lanyard to your iPhone or iPod Touch - but there are probably more than you think there are. Here are our best suggestions.
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A HUGE H/T to Ricky Buchanan for the extensive post on ATMac on Straps and Lanyards for your iPhone! There are dozens of fabulous suggestions on ways to attach and secure a device using straps, lanyards and cases.

 

What a extensive list - well worth checking out!

Thank you much Ricky for your time and for sharing your resource list.

 

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Henry Evans And his Telepresence Robot - The Assistive Technology Daily

Henry Evans And his Telepresence Robot - The Assistive Technology Daily | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called ..
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A big H/T to  The Assistive Technology Daily who scours the Internet for the most interesting and state of the art AT news!

One of their recent posts review a telepresence robot. What a fabulous way for individuals who are medically fragile to be a presence literally anywhere. Do you know of any students, who are medically fragile and receive virtual education at home? Visualize them being present in the classroom with a telepresence robot!

How long will it take before we see this at school?

 

What fabulous opportunities technology (and some cash) can offer!

 

Thank you to The Assistive Technology Daily!

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Smart Apps For Special Needs: Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 and Assistive Technology

Smart Apps For Special Needs: Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 and Assistive Technology | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Smart Apps for Special Needs provides information on the newly signed ABLE Act of 2014. The ABLE Act provides the ability of individual on SSI to save additional funds for items and services related to their disability. As describe in this article from Smart Apps, this provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to save $$ for devices or equipment like AT. Read on for more information to this long needed opportunity for individual with disability. Thanks to Smart Apps for Special Needs for their time and expertise in sharing this information. As scooped from : http://www.smartappsforspecialneeds.com/2015/01/achieving-better-life-experience-act-of.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=FeedBlitzRss&utm_content=Achieving+a+Better+Life+Experience+Act+of+2014+and+Assistive+Technology Carol
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Sign Language Recognition for a Tablet

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This sign language recognition for a tablet known as UNI, the case uses gesture recognition technology developed by Leap Motion to translate sign language into audible speech
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This is so awesome! Sometimes there are assistive technology that just make you tear up - in a good way for the awesome potential it can offer individuals with disabilities. This sign language recognition tablet - Uni - was one of those ! Oh my, think of the possibilities - what an incredible tool being developed by Ryan Campbell at Leap Motion. Sign recognition and text to speech for DHH.

Watch this video and read the interview and you'll want to help fund the IndieGoGo campaign for Uni production!

 

Check out the full interview and article at: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/motionsavvy/

This is so cool ... and think of the possibilities!

 

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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

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Guest blogger Ali Parrish, educator and ed tech consultant, provides three strategies, low-tech and high-tech, for breaking through students' brain freeze when faced with the dilemma of what to write.
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Working with special needs students in an inclusionary setting  frequently requires interventions on the fly as we support students in the classroom while following the teachers instruction. In my experience, often we are in classes where writing is the focus. Ali Parrish provides low to high tech options that can be done on the fly - especially when wielding a mobile device!

Check out her great suggestions for writing organization and production suggestions!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Organize Your Thoughts With Google Keep

Free Technology for Teachers: Organize Your Thoughts With Google Keep | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Richard Byrne from freetech4teachers.com give a quick overview of Google Keep app for iOS, Android and web based. Another option for organizing ideas, bookmarks and notes that can be accessed on many devices with Internet connection. 

 

So many options!

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CoWriter Universal: Word Prediction Software

CoWriter Word Prediction software had become a universal product that is compatible with devices like the iPad and Chromebook!
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Don Johnston's CoWriter has universal presence among all devices, from computer based to mobile devices.

Check out The AT Daily's post about the new product.

How exciting!

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How One Dyslexic Speed Reads

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Dr. Matthew Schneps is one of the most respected scientists in the research of dyslexia. He heads up Laboratory for Visual Learning, a joint program of Harvard University and University of Massachu...
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Winston S. Chen, developer of Voice Dream Reader app, shares the personal experience of how a person with dyslexia speed reads using his highlighting and text to speech in a somewhat different manner. Read Winston's interview and explanation of how this works for this unique case. Or is it unique? Maybe it could be more typical for some dyslexics?

 

Voice Dream Reader is one of my favorite and highly recommended apps for reading. Winston Chen has developed this app to a level comparable to no other iOS app that supports struggling readers. 

 

For middle, high school and college students this is the app I recommend to access text. 

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades - NYTimes.com

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http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades.html?_r=2&referrer ;

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Maria Konnikova, in her article "Whats Lost as Handwriting Fades", reviews several research articles which supports the importance of the mechanical process of writing and letter formation as it relates to reading and literacy. Implications for handwriting instruction, mechanical writing versus word processing are introduced from the research sited. 

This bring many questions regarding approaches we use in OT or AT for students and whether the apps available for handwriting provide the learning and opportunities needed for our students. 

And then again, is it another " it depends"  based on the students specific needs, skills, task and environment?

 

This is an interesting read with links to the articles, some which are free .

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Brain Book and My Bionic Brain

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The Brain Book ® System and now My Bionic Brain® a customized life manager/day planner specially designed to meet the complex needs of persons with brain injury - both at home and at work.
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AT Daily reviews a new app and book which addresses the needs of individuals with brain injury. 

Have you seen or used the app or book?

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Dexteria Dots 2 - Fine Motor Skills and Math Concepts

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Binary Labs is known for quality educational apps, and Dexteria Dots 2 readily joins the ranks with exceptional content for kids, and it is also a blast!
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Jo Booth, OT reviews Dexteria Dots 2, one of Binary Lab's new apps. 

I'm excited to use and share this app with participants at the OT's with Apps Workshop next week - thanks to Binary Lab's generousity with promo codes for all of the participants!

 

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