A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dexteria is a hand and finger exercise app for very young kids or kids with special needs. The developer stresses that the three modes -- Write It, Tap It, and Pinch It -- are exercises, not games. While there are elements built into each activity to make them more interesting to kids, this app is mostly for therapy and practice. Kids who need extra help tracing letters, using their fingers in specific ways like pinching, and keeping certain fingers steady while moving others can benefit from using this app. The automatic tracking and reporting features will likely be valuable to parents, teachers, and therapists.
What's it about?
First, choose Tap It, Pinch It, or Write It. In Tap It, lines appear with colored triangles on the ends that kids need to tap while keeping a thumb on the "anchor dot." In Pinch It, pinch small crabs to make them disappear; difficulty increases as crabs begin to move, change color, and multiply. Write It gives kids verbal and visual prompts to trace capital or lowercase letters as well as numbers. When kids touch the blue dots within the letters, a dinging sound lets them know they've hit the right spots.
Is it any good?
DEXTERIA - FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT is a well-made therapeutic app for kids who need extra help with fine motor skills, letter formation, and skills like finger pinching -- skills that help in many ways, including manipulating mobile device screens. While the exercises aren't chock full of exciting games, cute characters, and rewards, features like fun sound effects, timed tasks, and encouraging tracking of levels completed can help keep kids' attention. This sustained attention is key, because these activities are only fully effective if incorporated into daily practice. With consistent use, Dexteria can be a highly effective tool.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, writing
- Skills: Self-Direction: effort, working efficiently
Emotional Development: handling stress, moving beyond obstacles
Health & Fitness: body awareness, fine motor skills
- Price: $3.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 26, 2012
- Category: Other
- Size: 87.80 MB
- Publisher: BinaryLabs
- Version: 1.3.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
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