Five Occupational Therapy Apps for iPhone

Occupational Therapy Apps

Technology available for the iPhone can be a boon for occupational therapists and their patients. But with Apple supporting over 140,000 applications, how can you wade through the trash to find the treasure? We have put together a list of the five best apps available for the iPhone that can be of tremendous value to therapists, doctors, and patients.

MedAlert – $0.99

This app is perfect for anyone who has trouble remembering to take their medications due to ADHD, the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, or simple forgetfulness. Fully programmable and customizable, you can input the drug name, patient, and the dosing schedule for multiple users. When it’s time for medication, the iPhone will alert the user. Therapists can recommend this app to patients who they suspect are missing doses, even if they will not admit it. This happens most often with elderly Alzheimer’s patients who try to avoid letting their symptoms show for fear of being taken from the home setting. Setting up this app for a patent allows them a greater sense of security and personal dignity in a difficult situation. The app is designed to be easy to use to avoid overwhelming the patient with new technology.

SoundAMP – Price Varies By Features

Not everyone with hearing loss is ready for hearing aids, but many still need help with clarity in certain situations, such as crowded areas. This app helps the hearing impaired by letting them record and playback. It also offers sound magnification, which is an excellent substitute to hold patients over until they can replace a lost hearing aid or dead battery. Therapists can suggest this app to anyone suffering from an auditory processing disorder or hearing problems.

Locabulary – Free

People who are deaf, stutter, or otherwise have difficulties speaking may benefit from this free app. It helps them communicate when they need assistance, instructions, or need to make simple statements. Through a menu of customizable simple phrases, the patient can tap the appropriate phrase and the app will speak on the patient’s behalf. The patient can also input the phrase to speak, making communication easier for the patient wherever he or she may go.

Occupational Therapy Apps
Photo by Carolyn Coles


This is already included with the new iPhone 3GS. This feature, available in 21 languages, speaks aloud to tell the user what each button or option on the screen will do. The patient need only touch the button to hear the function. This is great for anyone with vision problems, and also works with text input.

Islet Diabetes Assistant- $2.99

Therapists can recommend this handy app for anyone with diabetes, especially for the newly-diagnosed. This program allows the user to enter their blood sugar levels, insulin dosage, exercise, and carbohydrate intake. The results are then placed on a graph that can be shared with healthcare professionals. This method is far better than keeping hand-written logs or making unreliable guesses.

Jessica Bosari writes for, a site that offers tips and advice for becoming a therapist and finding the best Occupational Therapist Schools. The site also helps students in other therapy fields such as Child and Addiction Therapies.

Make Some Money By Selling Your Used Cell Phones

Make Some Money By Selling Your Used Cell Phones

Often people have a number of old cell phones around the house after getting a new device offered by their service plan, especially if you are a Verizon subscriber on a two year program. These older cell phones become chew toys for their dogs, fake phones for their toddlers or un-degradable waste in their garbage. But reselling or recycling the devices is a great way to earn a little income and help the environment.

A conscious member of a family can collect cell phones from brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles. Once the devices are in hand, erasing all vital information from the phone is important. Selling the better devices on Craigslist or eBay is the first step in recouping some of the money invested years ago. Check the serial numbers to make sure the price you ask is appropriate. Sell components separately if the battery or the charger is compatible with newer phones.

Another option for the phones that will not sell online is to find donation services online that pay for older phones, minus the shipping and handling. With the final option being a local charity that has a drop spot that will take the phones. Churches and non profit organizations have become cell phone donation centers across the country.

Once you complete your first set of cell phones, expand your circle to include friends and other relatives. When you complete the process a third time you’ll be ready to return to the first group that has now received another new phone.

National Cell Phone Recycling Week

Mail Graphic

National Cell Phone Recycling Week

Acording to the Star News, Verizon Wireless is taking part in the national Cell Phone Recycling Week this week (April 6-12) by asking individuals to donate no-longer used cell phones, accessories and batteries to a program called HopeLine through their retail outlets. The items can be from any long distance service and not just from Verizon. HopeLine is a charitable organization that strives to make a difference for the community by specifically curbing domestic violence.

Environment and Community

Proceeds from the recycled items will be used for domestic violence shelters and for nonprofit organizations focused on domestic violence. Through programs like HopeLine, landfills see less battery waste and electronic waste thus also making a difference for the environment. If there is not a Verizon Wireless store near you, phones can also be donated through the mail. Take a look at