Apps and Games for Pediatric Development

April 10, 2024
Janelle Thomas MSN, RN
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Technology has become a game-changer in therapy sessions with children, providing exciting new ways to engage and support their development. As Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists, we're always looking for new ways to captivate and engage our young clients. Interactive apps and games have emerged as fantastic resources, merging fun with functional therapy. In this blog, we're excited to showcase the top ten apps and games making waves in pediatric development. For each tool, we'll give you a snapshot of what it offers, the ages it's best suited for, and the specific developmental skills it targets.

1. Dexteria

  • Description: Dexteria is a fine motor skills app that improves handwriting readiness and coordination.
  • Age Range: 3-7 years
  • Skills Developed: Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and finger strength.

2. Splingo

  • Description: Splingo is a language-building app that engages children in language development through interactive gameplay.
  • Age Range: 2-8 years
  • Skills Developed: Vocabulary, sentence structure, and auditory processing.

3. Cosmic Kids Yoga

  • Description: An interactive yoga app for children, Cosmic Kids Yoga introduces mindfulness and physical activity through engaging stories and poses.
  • Age Range: 3-12 years
  • Skills Developed: Gross motor skills, body awareness, and emotional regulation.

4. Toca Hair Salon:

  • Description: Toca Hair Salon is a creative app that allows children to experiment with hairstyling, enhancing creativity and fine motor skills.
  • Age Range: 3-9 years
  • Skills Developed: Fine motor skills, creativity, and self-expression.

5. Endless Alphabet

  • Description: Endless Alphabet is an educational app that introduces letters and vocabulary through interactive puzzles and animations.
  • Age Range: 3-8 years
  • Skills Developed: Letter recognition, vocabulary building, and phonics.

6. Todo Math

  • Description: Todo Math is a comprehensive math app that covers various topics, making learning math concepts engaging and interactive.
  • Age Range: 3-8 years
  • Skills Developed: Numeracy, problem-solving, and math fluency.

7. Sensory Baby Toddler Learning

  • Description: This app offers a variety of sensory activities designed to stimulate a child's senses and promote early learning.
  • Age Range: 6 months - 4 years
  • Skills Developed: Sensory integration, cause-and-effect, and cognitive development.

8. Articulation Station

  • Description: Articulation Station is an SLP-focused app that targets speech sound production through engaging activities and games.
  • Age Range: 3-12 years
  • Skills Developed: Articulation, speech sound production, and auditory discrimination.

9. Puzzingo

  • Description: Puzzingo is a puzzle app that enhances cognitive skills through interactive gameplay and vibrant visuals.
  • Age Range: 2-8 years
  • Skills Developed: Problem-solving, spatial awareness, and cognitive flexibility.

10. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

  • Description: Developed by Sesame Street, this app teaches emotional regulation and problem-solving through relatable scenarios.
  • Age Range: 2-5 years
  • Skills Developed: Emotional regulation, problem-solving, and social-emotional skills.

Integrating technology into pediatric therapy can be a game-changer for therapists and children. This guide's top ten apps and games offer activities targeting various developmental domains. Whether focusing on fine motor skills, language development, sensory integration, or emotional regulation, these apps provide therapists with versatile tools to enhance their therapeutic interventions.

As technology advances, we can harness the power of these apps to create engaging and effective therapy sessions. By staying informed about the latest innovations, you can ensure that your approach remains dynamic, adaptable, and, most importantly, enjoyable for the children we serve.

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