Before I begin my review, I would like to apologize for the length of time that has passed since I first received this app. Tactus Therapy provided me with this app to try with clients in return for a review of their app. At the time, I did not have many children who needed to work on these skills and did not just want to provide feedback based only on my use of the app. I have since used the app with children between the ages of 7 and 10 and feel more comfortable writing about my experience with it.
Visual Attention TherAppy is described as “an adjustable training tool for reading, dyslexia, neglect, and other attention deficits”. The children that I used it with had reading and attention difficulties and some appeared to be slow to process visual information. It was also helpful for working memory when 2 letters or symbols were used. One child I used it with had significant copying difficulties.
The app is straightforward and easy to use. There are many options to choose from in order to customize the activities to your client’s needs. To track progress, the results of each session can be emailed and because the children were using my iPad, I just emailed them to myself.
When I first used the app myself, I was not sure that children would be motivated to use it as it is designed more for adults in that there are no cute characters, music or games as in many other apps. But, for the children that I used it with, the “no nonsense” feature of the app was ideal and really seemed to help them with their attention and task persistence. They especially enjoyed the immediate feedback they got regarding their speed and accuracy on the tasks.
I would recommend this app for school aged children who are having difficulty with visual scanning/tracking, reading, working memory and copying skills.