Cursive Writing HD
Cursive Writing HD is an inexpensive and simple app that can be used to practice handwriting. Many older clients prefer to write using script letters, and schools are slowly abandoning cursive in the curriculum, so this app can be used as intended to practice forming letters or words. It can also be customized and used to practice printing any letter, word, or sentence.
There are 3 modes in the app: letters, words, and sentences. In all 3, a model is provided above practice lines. The options on the screen allow you to change the pen's color, thickness, and whether the tracing model appears on the lines or not. An eraser button is also provided to clear the whole screen. It has a pleasant muted color scheme and no childish graphics or sounds.
The most useful part of the app for use in speech therapy is the sentence mode. Here you can enter your own text with the keyboard, making it appear in print with the option of showing a cursive tracing model. For patients with aphasia, printing or signing their name is a common goal, and this app is perfectly suited to that task. Some clients prefer to use a stylus, while others use their finger to write the letters. A realistic writing sound can be turned off in the settings, but provides nice auditory feedback for the user. I usually turn off the tracing model to practice printing the target in block letters.
I can't ask much more of this inexpensive app, though I do wish the eraser worked like an eraser, rather than a clear-screen button. Sometimes it's just one letter that's wrong, frustrating the client that they now have to re-write everything. I also wish the printed words did not appear in brackets as some users try to copy the brackets. The app does not save anything, but you can take a screenshot to monitor progress. I grabbed a copy when the app was free for a day, but you can get Cursive Writing HD for iPad anytime for $0.99 on the App Store.