Hand Therapy, the iPad and Technology in OT
OT often looks relatively low-tech - traditional craft modality are usually no batteries required, same with ADLs and assistive devices like sock donners and built-up utensils. But that's not to say that technology has no place in OT. Quite the opposite, in fact.
An article in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle
trumpets the advent of a new iPad application called Dexteria. The app comes from BinaryLabs and features interactive multi-touch activities designed to improve fine motor skills. The activities were designed by OTs.
The app was born as many therapy tools are - by necessity. BinaryLabs' CEO, Frank Jensen, had a kindergarten-age daughter who was having difficulty with fine motor skills. Jensen looked at the iPad's ability to detect multiple simultaneous touches and wanted to take advantage of that capability. Dexteria is currently available in Apple's App Store for $9.99.
Dexteria isn't the first app to provide options to OTs and others in therapy. Check out ADVANCE's article
on apps that can be used to improve everything from cognitive to fine-motor to sequencing skills in school children. We've also got a handout
that lists a number of useful apps for therapists.
The benefits of technology don't stop there. Many practices and agencies are beginning to incorporate technology in administrative capacities. Our upcoming cover story in our March 14th print magazine looks at how two major providers - Holy Redeemer HomeCare in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and RehabCare, a national staffing company that also runs several rehab hospitals - are using smartphones to handle documentation, scheduling and patient information.
Do you use iPhones, iPads or other technological tools in your practice? Share your suggestions in the comments below!