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Apps

Useful Apps

Compiled by the Chatham University Master of Occupational Therapy Class of 2016


MEMORY

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  PolyCalendar 2016 iOS 5.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free / $0.99 A software to record and memorize your life, write events on a virtual calendar with a pencil. Record your events of daily life.
  Find my car iOS 7.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free If someone has a bad sense of direction and poor memory this app allows a user to easily and quickly locate their car by saving their parking spot with one simple tap.
  Grocery List Generator iOS 6.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free / $0.99 Enter and organize your own recipes and create a tidy and complete shopping list with the necessary ingredients.
  MedCoach Medication Reminder iOS 6.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Medical app that helps you remember to take your medications and pills at the right time and day.
  InPromptu iOS 6.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Helps people of all ages learn new skills by watching video clips of others doing the skill. By watching segments of clips, a person can learn skills quickly.
  Names to Faces iOS 6.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$0.99 Take a picture of your friends or new acquaintance and write their name next to it.  Works as a visual aid to put a name to face.
  Lumosity Mobile iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Designed by neuroscientists to train and challenge memory, attention, and more.  Cognitive games can be incorporated into a daily training program that challenges the brain.
  BillTracker Lite iOS 9.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Helps you stay on top of your bills, so you don't miss a payment.  All of your upcoming bills are on one list so you can keep tabs on what needs to be paid next, and reminders can alert you to pay a bill before it’s due.
  Cozi Family Organizer iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Manage everyday life and keep the whole family in the loop.
Manage your family calendar, to-do lists, family journal, and grocery shopping lists.
  GreyMatters iOS 8.0 or later iPad Free Aims to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. Through an interactive life storybook, paired with music & games, the app helps patients and families preserve memories.

WORK AND PRODUCTIVITY

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  Priority Matrix for iPhone iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Task management app that allows you to visually prioritize the important tasks first; also sends reminder emails daily.
  CARROT To-Do-Talking Task List iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$2.99 To-do list with a personality that rewards you for completing tasks (like a virtual pet)
  Pomodoro Time - Focus Timer and Goal Tracker iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Personal productivity tool. Create tasks, configure breaks, and track progress throughout your day, week, or custom time period.
  Productivity Wizard iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Productivity Wizard is a powerful “get things done” system that will help you plan, focus and create the results you want in any area of your life.
Includes comprehensive set of tools to boost productivity and motivation, and help you accomplish your most meaningful goals and desires.

SENSORY

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  Swirlicity Light iOS 3.2 or later iPad Free
Full Version: $0.99
Fun and colorful particle drawing, swirling and twirling app. Swirl particles, then use repel, attract, and wind modes to manipulate them while listening to calming, ambient background music.
  Heat Pad HD iOS 3.2 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$0.99 Simulates heat sensitive surfaces reacting to the heat of your hand and fingertips.
Relaxing and entertaining by using doodling on the surface and listening to music.
  Sensory Processing Therapy iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$14.99 - 3 Month Subscription
$23.99 - 6 Month Subscription
$35.99 -  12 Month Subscription
A family-centered approach for providing sensory integration therapy tailored for the specific child within his own home and family routine.
  Autism Tracker Lite iOS 7.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free
Pro: $9.99
An educational app to aid families of children with Autism.  It helps track behaviors and moods on a calendar to see if there are patterns of specific behaviors and timing.
  BrainWorks iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$8.99 Allows children to take sensory breaks by providing over a hundred different activities to choose from.  Adults can choose what activities to include in the breaks and set timers for how long the break will last.
  Pocket Pond 2 iOS 4.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Highly interactive, it provides nature sounds and the sound of the water splashing. It helps children who have a hypersensitivity to water, giving them the opportunity to experience being at a pond/around water. It can also help to keep kids with Autism focused.

HANDWRITING AND MOTOR

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  Cursive Writing Wizard iOS 5.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$4.99 Allows children to learn how to trace and interact uppercase and lowercase words. This app gives the parent/teacher the ability to customize letter sounds and create word lists.
  Finger Fun Android 2.1 and up iOS 4.3 or later iPad Free (Android)
$1.99 (iTunes)
Interactive tool for children to develop fine motor skills through the use of button patterns, sounds, and playful music.
  Letter Workbook iOS 6.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Interactive educational app that teaches toddlers and children how to form and write letters and improve vocabulary.
  Balloon Darts iOS 4.3 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Improves one's fine motor skills daily as they practice their sniper and aiming skills.
  Real Guitar Free iOS 6.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Real Guitar is one of the most realistic guitar simulator apps featuring a user-friendly interface and an awesome sound quality. One can easily strum, pluck, and strike the strings to play new chords and jingles.
  Dexteria Jr. iOS 5.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$2.99 Helps develop fine motor skills and handwriting readiness for children ages 2-6 years through sets of hand and finger exercises.
  Ready to Print iOS 6.0 or later iPad $9.99 Ready to Print is a tool for parents, therapists and educators to help teach pre- writing skills for children ages
2-7. Children can master visual- motor, visual-perceptual, and fine motor skills necessary for correct printing patterns and to avoid bad habits as the child gets older.

COMMUNICATION

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  Speak2See iOS 6.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Enables individuals to dictate into the phone’s microphone which will translate the speech into large text English.
  Healthcare communications app Android 3.1 and up iOS 7.0 or later iPad $5.99; $49.99 for Pro Provides options for those who are unable to speak.  Allows individuals to interact with their healthcare provider.
Provides many different categories one might use in the hospital setting, including: pain rating, emotional words, actions (brush teeth, use bathroom), and different questions one might ask the physician (i.e. are my test results in?). This app also provides the option to translate into different languages.
  Sign2TXT iOS 7.1 or later iPad $15.99 Used for individuals whose primary language is ASL. Virtual representations of the signs are provided on the app and will translate it into text version.
Useful for individuals who use ASL as their first/primary language, because it does not translate as easily into written English.
  iComm iOS 4.3 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free (trial); $8.99 full version Picture and voice communication aid for children. Ability to add your own photos for maximum engagement.

MENTAL HEALTH

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  Belly Bio Interactive Breathing iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Teaches deep breathing and helps reduce anxiety and stress.
  Calm Android 3.0 and up iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Helps with meditation, sleep, relaxation, focus, and more through music and guided meditation.
  Relax Melodies Android (varies with device)
iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$2.99 High quality relaxing sounds and melodies to help with relaxation, sleep, and meditation. Can choose to have multiple sounds playing at once to customize your own mix.
You can have some sounds louder than others and have some sounds playing faintly in the distance. Also offers one guided meditation to help fall asleep; can access other guided meditations and sounds/melodies with paid subscription.
  Virtual Hope Box Andriod (varies with device)
iOS 6.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Contains tools to help users with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Users can store their favorite photos, videos, or songs for use when needed. App can be used in collaboration with therapists to create coping cards to deal with stressful situations.
Interactive relaxation is also available including guided imagery, controlled breathing, and muscle relaxation.
  Depression CBT Self-Help Guide Android 2.2 and up Free Provides articles, audio files, depression screening, and a thought diary to assist individuals in understanding and managing their depressive symptoms using cognitive behavioral techniques. There are also relaxation audios to help decrease stress.
  eCBT Calm iOS 3.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
$0.99 Helps you evaluate personal stress, anxiety and distorted thoughts while helping you learn specific relaxation skills that have been validated by research in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  MyMoodTracker Lite iOS 5.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Provides you with a place to track your moods, emotions, or anything else that can affect how you feel. You can not only track your emotional state, but also track sleep, exercise, medication, menstrual cycles, stress, pain, energy, and stimulants. You can pull up hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly charts of all of the information you’ve entered.
You also have the ability to export all of the information to an email or a spreadsheet.
Using this app is a great way to help you understand what causes your emotions to change.
  Psych Drugs & Medications Android 2.2 and up iOS 6.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Provides an alphabetical listing of psychotropic medications, including brand names, indications, dosage, and side effects. Geared more toward health professionals than consumers.

AGING

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  Brighter and Bigger Android 2.1 and up iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Allows individuals to use their phone as a magnifier to increase the size, brightness, layout, and contrast of anything you want to look at & take pictures of.
  VisionSIM iOS 4.3 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Allows people with healthy vision to see the world through the eyes of a person experiencing one of nine degenerative eye diseases.
  Life Alert Android 2.1 and up iOS 4.3 or later iPhone Free Similar to the Life Alert system that is seen on TV.  Push one button on the app and it will contact Life Alert.  It also has a flash light and a whistle sound to signal for assistance.
  inHomeCare iOS 4.3 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Directory and referral app for healthcare services for clinicians and families to locate facility information.
  SafeInHome iOS 6.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Allows you to check on a family member any time of the day/night with your smartphone.
  Instacart Android 4.0.3 and up iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free (1st delivery/$3.99 per grocery trip afterwards) Ability to order from local grocery stores with the touch of a button and then have it delivered to your door within an hour. Currently only serves select cities. (San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., Philly, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Houston, Austin, Denver, & Boulder).
  Yesterday USA iOS 3.2 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free For fans of old time radio shows from the 1920s - 1950s. YUSA is on the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operates on "two-week cycles". During each two-week period a total of 87 hours of LIVE and/or recorded programming is prepared and presented. The format is public domain OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS all day long every day, with a LIVE Broadcast each night at 10:30 PM Eastern Time. Yesterday USA's purpose is to preserve and present the history of radio.

ANXIETY & STRESS

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  Pacifica iOS 6.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free This app has a suite of tools to help control stress and anxiety including daily mood trackers, relaxation audio tools, thought analysis, daily experiments, and a health tracker.
  MindShift iOS 6.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free This app was developed for teens and young adults to help cope with anxiety. The app helps you learn how to relax, find more helpful ways of thinking, and take the steps to deal with everyday anxiety.
  Breathe2Relax iOS 4.3 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free This app is dubbed as a “portable stress management tool.” The app consists of hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercises that have been documented to decrease the body’s stress response and help with anxiety management.
  Headspace iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free The app guides you through meditations based on your current need (such as "about to have a mini meltdown") that range from 2 to 60 minutes. It keeps track of your meditations so you can track your journey.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout iOS 8.2 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Android 4.0 or later
Free This app is a personalized fitness experience in 7-minute intervals. The app includes 77 exercises and 22 additional workouts that can be customized to make over 1,000 variations. You can also sync your music to your workouts.
  Optimism iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free This app allows you to track your moods, learn the “triggers” of a decline in your mental status, and develop strategies for managing depression, bipolar or other mental health conditions.
  Kids’ Wellness Tracker iOS 5.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch Android
Free An app for parents to track children’s height, weight, BMI, vaccines, symptoms, and medications. Plan doctor appointments and keep notes from each visit. Find dosing information using product dosing tool.
  Fitbit iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch Android
Free A fitness app dedicated to helping people lead healthier, more active lives by setting goals and tracking exercise, steps, food and water intake, and HR & BP.
  Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch Android
Free A fitness app that allows you to track food, water, exercise, and weight and allows you to set goals for amounts of nutrients you want in your diet
  Stand Up iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free Break timer that reminds you to stand on regular increments that are set by the user. Great for those who sit at computers or desk jobs all day

CLINICAL PRODUCTIVITY

App Image Name of App Compatibility Price Description/Connection to OT
  Evernote iOS 8.1 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch Android
Free This app allows you to sync notes between all your devices, clip from anywhere on the internet, discuss work with others right in the app, attach PDFs, Office docs and photos.
  Pt-vity | Productivity Tracker for Therapists iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free/$1.99 This app can help therapists and practitioners in skilled nursing manage their schedule. Enter your assigned minutes and target productivity and it will give you estimated clock out time.
  Occupational Therapy Spanish Guide iOS 4.3 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch Android
Free This app is designed for non- Spanish speaking health care professionals to to quickly gather medical information from their Spanish speaking patients.
  Humin - Phone and Contacts App iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free This app builds searchable and detailed contact profiles of people you meet. Great for networking.
  Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch Android
Free This app allows you to save articles, videos, photos, and webpages in one place. Access what you saved offline.
  Swipes iOS 7.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch
Free This app allows you to automatically collect all your tasks in one place, organize them by priority and then work on a single task to achieve better focus.
  Pushbullet iOS 8.0 or later iPhone
iPad
iPod touch Android
Free With Pushbullet, you can easily move links, files, and more between your devices and computers in a snap.
Instead of emailing yourself to get a link on your phone, just "push" it from your computer to your phone with a click.