Dexteria - Fine Motor Skill Development

Common Sense Media says

Good hand, finger exercises for kids needing extra practice.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. The app gives lots of verbal and visual cues at the start and during each mode.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No outside ads, although sometimes the other skill development apps created by Dexteria's developer pop up "on sale" on the main screen when opening the app. Users can purchase an in-app upgrade to create multiple user accounts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No linking to social media sites or tracking of personal information by the developer. Usage reports can be emailed to teachers or therapists.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • writing

Math

  • numbers

Skills

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress
  • moving beyond obstacles

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kid-friendly elements are built into each activity to make them more engaging and fun, although some kids may still find them repetitive.

Learning Approach

Dexteria's three modes include fine motor exercises that are combined with fun sounds effects, timed tasks, and encouraging data.

Support

Simple audio and visual prompts in the exercises for directions. Adults can help kids learn via the automatic usage and performance reports.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • writing

Math

  • numbers

Skills

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress
  • moving beyond obstacles

Health & Fitness

  • body awareness
  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn fine motor skills, building hand and finger strength, control, and dexterity. Kids can also learn how following directions, putting forth effort by using this tool on a daily basis, and by working beyond obstacles can help improve skills that may be challenging for them. In Write It mode, kids can practice writing capital and lowercase letters, as well as numbers. Because some of the exercises are timed, kids also learn how to handle stress under pressure. Dexteria is a useful tool that can help kids grow in hand and finger coordination and writing skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Some of these exercises are harder than others. Find out which one is most comfortable and fun for your kid and start with that, building to more difficult modes.

  • Use the performance reports to track your kid's strengths and skills that need more practice.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
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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