$5.99View in iTunes
Toca Doctor is an innovative app that introduces children to the medical profession and the human body while making it fun with creative minigames.
Part of the Toca Boca series of Apps which include other reviewed apps such as Toca Birthday Party, Toca Tea Party, Toca Robot Lab and Toca Store.
What we think
Toca Doctor was not designed as a therapy tool with specific attention to evidence-based practices. The apps’ primary objective is to introduce basic concepts related to the human body (body parts and common ailments) and encourage problem solving through interactive mini games. It can, however, be used as a resource within a therapy program using evidence based practices to support participation in common medical experiences such as getting a needle, feeling sick, taking out splinters etc.
he app has a very kid friendly interface that is consistent across all Toca Boca apps. There are no adverts or in app purchases available, so children won’t accidentally subscribe or purchase items within the app.
Toca doctor is a fun and puzzling digital toy that can be used to support preparation and participation in common medical experiences such as getting a needle, feeling sick, using band aids etc. I have used this app in combination with social stories and pretend play equipment to support a client tolerating the application of band aids to minor cuts and attending the local GP to get a needle.
The app consists of 21 mini games which are presented 4 at a time. Once an activity is completed it is marked with a green tick. Once the series of 4 activities is complete you can press the icon to shuffle and randomly select another 4 activities.
It is varied enough to keep children engaged for up to 10 minutes.
It is best used either as a resource as part of a therapy program or as a motivator during screen time. It is best understood as a stand alone digital toy.
The app is not able to be personalised to an individual or changed in any way.
The app is true to it’s claim of being a fun and puzzling digital toy.
I would suggest it can be used as a resource to support with gradual exposure to common medical experiences and body concepts. It is best used with an adult to provide interactive commentary when being used.
The ability to select specific medical experiences would be beneficial instead of having to press the shuffle icon until you get to the game you want, e.g., might have to shuffle 2-3 times to get the needle mini game.
|I personally like the Toca Boca series of apps and use them as resources for a range of therapy applications. Mostly as play models of activities or experiences that a child may be going to experience, e.g., I have used Toca Hairdressing to support participation in haircuts and Toca Doctor to work towards band aid tolerance and getting a needle.
It can be purchased individually for $5.99 or as part of a Toca Boca bundle with 4 apps for $14.99