How to choose an App

As of March 2017 there were over 2.2 million Apps available for purchase in the App store. It is no wonder it can be confusing to determine which App you would like and how one App may be better than another.

Choosing an App can be even more overwhelming when you are looking at purchasing Apps valued at large amounts of money. This website aims to give you the tools to know how to choose an App that suits you whilst also giving you up to date reviews of Apps completed by our Therapy team.

Choosing Assistive Technology

When choosing any piece of assistive equipment or technology it is also important to consider the individual’s needs as well as the environments they access and the activities they participate in.  Considering these factors can help you to determine if a piece of technology is beneficial.  For example a child who is very active may need a durable case for their equipment to protect it in case it is dropped.  Similarly an adult who loves watching YouTube may want a piece of equipment that has fast internet access to support their interests.

When looking into technology it is important to consider the cost, portability, durability, battery life, technology lifespan and support available.  Considering these factors will assist you in choosing the best technology for your needs.

How to Choose an App

First consider the individual who will be using the App.

  • What do they like?
  • What environments will they be using the App in?
  • What are their strengths and challenges?

Then, consider your goal what you would like the app to do.

  • What goal are you working on?
  • Is there a particular skill or skill area that you want to develop?
  • Or is the app going to be used as a reward and motivator?

Then, consider the features you may be looking for in an App.

There are a number of important considerations when considering an application, some of which have been listed in the table.  You may also have your own considerations such as:

  • Whether or not documents created in the application can be printed/shared?
  • Does the application requires a large amount of your device’s storage?
  • Are the rewards motivating?
  • Can the App be used independently or does somebody else need to be there?

Next, do your research using sites such as this to determine if the App has all of the features that you want.

There may be lots of Apps that fit your needs so using a table such as this can help you to pick which App is the best fit for you.

Last, enjoy your App!

Some Apps have free versions which you can trial before committing to purchasing the App.

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