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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Snap Type for OT Review

A few weeks ago I talked about Dysgraphia and how it affects those who have been diagnosed with the disorder.  My oldest son has this and it has had a huge impact on his school work. So much so that not only could his teachers and I not read his work, but he couldn't as well. Not only could he not read it but it upset him that he could not write like his peers.

After several meetings with the teachers who help him throughout out the day, it was decided that he needed assistive technology to help him. He needed to be able to type out his homework. It's been two weeks since he started this and it has made a world of difference.

Assistive Technology


His teachers can now read what he has answered and can now see that he does understand the concepts he is learning. The program he is using is one I have mentioned before, called Snap Type for OT.

SnapType is an app that allows the student to take a picture of the worksheet or a page in a workbook etc. and attach text boxes where the answers should go. They can then type in their answers and either email them to the teacher or print them out and take them to school.

Snap Pictures of homework

Teaching my son how to use the app was simple. And he caught on very quickly. He has even learned how to flip the image, adjust the font size, and save his work. I do, however, still need to help him take the picture and organize the files so he can find them later.

Easy to use tech for kids

 One thing, I did have issues with is the camera. The camera on the iPad seemed a tad wonky when using this app. At times, it would appear upside down or sideways when my paper was right side up. I spoke to the creators of SnapType, and was given a simple tip to combat that issue. Simply, tape your document to a whiteboard or the wall and take your picture vertically, rather than on a counter or table. It worked like a charm!

Once your child has completed their homework, you have the option to share it as an image, a PDF or  SnapType document. From there you can print it out or you can email it to the teacher that made the assignment.

Assistive Tech for Kids

Overall, I am super impressed with how easy it is to use. My son figured out how to use it the first night. His teachers have told me that they are excited to be able to see his progress and to finally be able to see that he understands what he's learning.  Granted, it takes some time to do homework since we have to take a picture then print it out or email it but in the end it's all worth it. 

In addition to helping him overcome his frustration, it's preparing him for middle school where there will be a lot more homework. Also, it has helped him feel better about himself. He's so proud of himself to be able to produce work that his teachers can read and understand. 

SnapType for OT is free unless you want the features that come with the Pro version then it is $2.99, which in my opinion is worth the money. This app works on an iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with an iOS of 8.0 or higher.  It is optimized for the iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus. I have been told that an updated version will allow Android users to use the app as well.  When it will be available has not yet been determined. 

What apps do you use to help your kids in school?





10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful app. I love that we have technology like this that can really do some good.

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  2. That is a clever app. I know about dysgraphia, I think my son has it too. But for now we go along with the crazy handwriting and do fine motor skill exercises.

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  3. I don't have kids but I think it's wonderful that there are apps like this to help you help your children. Plus I love that their customer service was so responsive to you.

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  4. This is so fantastic to have a workaround that makes sense and works for kids with dysgraphia. I'm so glad someone came up with this!

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  5. That is a great find! I know a lot of kids prefer to type out their answers, so this would be a great app.

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  6. That would be worth so much more than $2.99! It is wonderful that you found a way to assist him in doing his best work. It is also great that the teacher/school is allowing him to use this technology.

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  7. How cool! I am always struggling with trying to send in items that need to be returned to my son's teachers and this would make things so much easier! I can't wait to try it for myself!

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  8. That sounds like a cool app! Such a useful tool for teachers AND students!!

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  9. Kudos to the teacher for seeing that it would assist him! That is great he is able to channel his knowledge in another way :) great App

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  10. I am not familiar with the app at all. I bet teachers will appreciate it.

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