60 Effective School-Based Apps for Occupational Therapy

School-based apps for occupational therapy are a must have in the age of the iPhone and iPad.

Many OTs are moving towards using applications to help with treatment, including in the development of skills for pediatric patients. With innumerable applications and resources available today, finding and sorting through applications can feel like a daunting process.

Look below for 60 school-based apps for occupational therapy, sorted by treatment area and described in brevity by name, price, and description. These school-based apps for occupational therapy are available for both iPhone and iPad through iTunes App Store.


ABA Flash Cards & Game – Innovative Mobile Apps

For $.99, you get 50 flashcards to help children learn emotions.

Touch and Learn (Emotions) – Innovative Mobile Apps

$1.99 – Teach children to understand body language and emotions of others.

Autism Learn Games: Camp Discovery Pro – PixelAtion Labs

Free! – Developed by the Center for Autism and Related Diagnoses. Learning games to match objects, shapes, colors, emotions, and more for ages 2 and up.

Emotionary – Funny Feelings

Free! – Emotion diary for teachers and caregivers. This app helps find trends in contexts or situations that may trigger certain behaviors.

Social Emotional Exchange (S.E.E.) – Saym Basheer

$9.99 (Lite version is free) – An interactive way to teach children various human emotions by looking at facial expressions.

Fine motor

Alien Buddies Preschool Learning – Artgig Studio

$2.99 – Facilitates finger control and provides learning opportunities including letter recognition, dot to dot, and puzzles.

Dexteria: Fine Motor Skill Development – BinaryLabs Inc.

$3.99 – Tap, pinch, and write options to develop pre-handwriting and finger isolation skills.

Domi Domi Nature Shapes: Child Fine Motor Practice – Yellow Dot

$2.99 – Preschoolers use fine motor skills to sort/classify shapes and match colors, sizes, and shapes.

Ready to Print – Essare LLC

$9.99 – Visual motor and fine motor activities including tapping targets, connect the dot activities, and mazes for beginning printers. This app also has free downloadable companion worksheets at www.readytoprintapp.com

Gross motor

GoNoodle Website

Free! – Two to five-minute videos offering physical fitness and “brain break” activities.

The iPad and school-based apps for occupational therapy is not the end all be all for pediatric OT. NGOT is working hard to bring you clinical resources to improve your treatments as a new grad.


123s ABCs Preschool Learn HWOTP Kids Handwriting – TeachersParadise.com

Free! – Trace, hear, and learn to print letters using Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.

abc PocketPhonics – Apps in My Pocket Ltd

$6.99 (Lite version is free) – Hear the letter sound, and then trace it.

Cursive Practice Handwriting for Kids – Brainstop

Free! – Cursive tracing game following the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.

Cursive Touch and Write – FizzBrain LLC

$2.99 – Teaches cursive in single letters and whole words.

iWrite Words – gdiplus

$2.99 – A basic letter/word-tracing app that provides visual and auditory feedback to stay on lines. Autocorrects to send children back to start if they are forming the letter incorrectly. Option for high contrast theme.

LetterSchool Lite: Learn to Write the AlphabetLetterSchool Enabling Learning B.V.

Free! ($10.99 to unlock ALL features) – Provides an introduction to the letter. Then opportunity to trace and then write the letter from memory.

Little Writer: A Tracing App for Kids – Innovative Mobile Apps

$0.99 – Children can trace upper and lowercase letters, shapes, and numbers with auditory and visual feedback that alerts them when they’re demonstrating correct or incorrect letter formation.

Touch and Write – Fizzbrain LLC

$2.99 – Practice writing with the option to choose several silly textures: ketchup, chocolate, shaving cream, etc.  A cursive version also available.

Trace It, Try It: Handwriting Exercises for Kids – This Reading Mama, LLC

$2.99 – Multiple opportunities to learn how to form letters, numbers, and three-letter words.

Stay tuned for more. We plan on updating and improving this article soon with school-based occupational therapy apps compatible with Android devices!

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About Kyla Salisbury

Kyla Salisbury
Outpatient and Home Health OT working with a variety of diagnoses and patient populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. UMary OT Grad, 2016; MSU Architecture Grad, 2011.


  1. Liz Walkden

    Kyla, thanks for this! So great to have all these resources in one place. I will definitely be using some of these with my students 🙂

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