Not Your Average Therapy Bag!

Welcome to our wiki! Here you will find free and inexpensive cell phone (or iPad) apps you can use in your school-based Occupational Therapy sessions. We've chosen two models to give examples, the iPhone and the Droid Eris. While we list specific apps for performance areas you might address in therapy, you will find that many of the apps offer activities you can use for other areas than listed here. We have not tried to be exhaustive - only to give you some examples that we use. If you have some favorites, please share with us on the discussion page any apps you're using in your treatment sessions. If you're trying apps for the first time, we're certain you'll be excited about adding the digital world to your therapy tool bag. Keep a watch on this wiki as it will be updated regularly.

Mary and Jonathan

Since the creation of this wiki, app content has been categorized by the school subject for some presentations. Here is a pdf of Apps in the Classroom. Note: these apps are different that the therapeutic ones listed on the right.

Click below to download a document comparing Apple and Droid apps for therapeutic use.

Click below to download a rubric to evaluate apps. This is posted with permission of Harry Walker of Johns Hopkins University.

iPhone/iPad Accessories

HD Accessory ( is a great resource for accessories such as stylus pens, rubberized skin cases, hands-free headsets, etc. I purchased an aluminum stylus pen for $6.95 and a rubberized skin case for $2.95 on this site. These stylus pens are a little tricky, since they have a flat surfaced tip and require an upright position to use. So, I'm experimenting on adapting this stylus based on this video below. I'll keep you posted. I'm off to Radio Shack for some conductive foam.

Well, Radio Shack doesn't carry conductive foam, but Fry's Electronics in Downers Grove, IL does. It carries a piece 12"X12"X1/4" for $7.99. This is more than you need. You can order online from Fry's too. Go to and search for black conductive PU foam.

If you try to create a stylus as the video shows, it might not be pretty, but it does work. I pulled out the foam from the stylus I bought and shoved a small piece into the tube. I then wrapped a larger piece around it and secured it with a rubber band. Now, I can hold it just like a regular pencil and write or draw on the iPad.

WANTED: Talking Spell Checker

Found: Correct Spell Lite (English lang. only) Free! by Eric AU

Download this app and turn on Voice Over in the Accessibility settings of your iPone, iPod Touch or iPad to have text read aloud. Voice Over takes a little time to get used to the double tapping, but since there doesn't appear to be a talking spell check (yet), this can work.

DID YOU KNOW that by using a cloth glove with the fingertip(s) cut out, you can rest your hand on the iPad screen and not activate unwanted things?

There are stories on QIAT that tell how this has helped individuals needing to rest a hand for stability.