iPad app for Visual Skills and Letter Reversals: “LetterReflex”

If you are raising or working with a child who frequently reverses letters, numbers, or words when writing, then the LetterReflex iPad app may be for you. (It is also available for iPhone, but I would recommend using it on a larger screen due to the nature of the games).

LetterReflex: app for helping kids who struggle with letter reversals I was recently asked to review this app for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and have included a snippet of the article below:

AOTA: Briefly describe the LetterReflex app.
Christie: LetterReflex is an app that uses kinesthetic learning to address visual perceptual issues related to commonly reversed letters, numbers, and words. LetterReflex consists of two programs: Tilt It and Flip It. Tilt It contains ten levels and is easier to experience than it is to explain. Basically, it’s like a digital version of “Labyrinth”, except the focus is on learning and understanding letter orientation. In level one, the user is shown a screen that is divided into four quadrants which correspond to four commonly reversed letters: q, p, d, and b. Letter quadrants relate to which side of  the line each letter’s circle is located (left or right), and which part of the line it connects to (top or bottom). Voice prompts encourage users to tilt the device in order to roll the ball toward a particular letter. This teaches them to discriminate between left and right as it relates to the orientation of these commonly reversed letters.
LetterReflex: app that helps kids who struggle with letter reversals LetterReflex: app that helps kids who struggle with letter reversals

Flip It contains ten levels and is much easier to explain… LetterReflex: app that helps kids who struggle with letter reversals LetterReflex: app that helps kids who struggle with letter reversals

This is a just a preview of the post on AOTA’s blog. Click here to access the full article, with answers to questions such as how I would use this app in therapy, what age group it is best for, how I would improve the app, how children responded when I tested this app with them, and more.

I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think!

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Mama OT In addition to being mama to two sweet little boys and wife to a crazy awesome husband, Christie is a Registered & Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L). She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA...Go Bruins!), and an M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC OT). She has experience working as a pediatric OT in early intervention (birth to 3), clinic-based, and school-based settings. Her mission with MamaOT.com is to encourage, educate, and empower those who care for children. Christie loves that she gets to PLAY when she goes to work, is hopelessly addicted to Kettle Corn, and is known for being able to turn virtually anything into a therapeutic tool or activity, from empty food containers to laundry and everything in between. Learn more about Christie and what inspired her to become an OT.

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  1. So glad I popped over here this morning!
    My nine year old twins have lots of trouble with reversing letters and words when they write (they read very well but their hand writing and spelling is way below their reading) and most of the activities we’ve tried for this have been deemed ‘babyish’ now that they are nine, so an ipad app is at least not so ‘babyish’! Thanks for the great resource!

So, whadya think?