18 Apps the Help Build Visual Processing SkillsIt is often difficult to get children to do vision therapy exercises, but if you can find an app that they love, you might be able to engage them for longer than prescribed. The following apps help with different visual tasks.

NOTE: Please talk to your vision therapist before engaging in app use. These apps do affect the eyes, so you want to make sure they work in tandem with vision therapy instead of working against it.

1. Bugs and Buttons: iTunes
This is a fun game that helps children build visual tracking and visual motor skills.

2. Captain Lazy Eye: iTunes
Developed in conjunction with optometrists, this app helps develop visual acuity plus helps to correct amblyopia (lazy eye).

3. Cut the Buttons HD: iTunes
This app lets kids play with scissors while developing visual motor abilities.

4. Dexteria:  iTunes
This app helps you develop visual-motor integration skills.

5. Eye Movement Training: iTunes
This app helps with tracking and teaming.

6. Engaging Eyes: PC Computer
This program provides a whole suite of apps to help with visual processing difficulties, including: eye tracking, fixation, and focusing.

7. Highlights Hidden Pictures: iTunes
Based off the popular magazine, these find-the-picture games help children develop figure ground and visual discrimination skills.

8. Letter Cross Tracking:  iTunes  |  Android
The child has to look across to find the right letters to play the game. This helps develop tracking skills needed for reading.

9. LetterReflex: iTunes
This apps helps a child overcome letter reversals and backwards writing.

10. Look Again (Lite): iTunes
Finding the right shape is the goal of this game, and it helps to develop visual discrimination, scanning, figure ground and scanning skills.

11. Matrix Game 3: iTunes
A more challenging matching game, Matrix Game 3 helps children develop spatial relations, form constancy and visual discrimination.

12. One Minute Mania: iTunes
A quick, find-the-object game, this helps children develop visual discrimination and scanning skills.

13. Piano Tiles:  iTunes  |  Android
Not specifically created for visual issues, but doctors recommend this app because it helps with tracking and saccades development.

14. Pickup Sticks: iTunes
Helps to develop figure-ground visual perception.

15. P.O.V. for Spatial Reasoning:  iTunes 
Through manipulating opjects on your iPad, you can help your eyes develop spatial relationship skills which will improve your spatial reasoning.

16. Simon Says: iTunes
A play on the traditional in-person game, the app tells kids what to do and they follow along. This helps them develop visual sequencing memory and visual memory.

17. Vision Tap:  iTunes
This app contains several games that help with various visual tasks including eye-hand coordination, tracking and teaming.

18. Visual Attention Therapy (LIte): iTunes
Originally created for stroke and brain injury survivors, this app is a great tool for helping to develop focus, visual scanning and visual discrimination.

Bonnie Landau
Bonnie Landau
Bonnie Landau is a special education advocate and educational consultant in Ventura County, California. Her goal is to help parents find strategies and solutions to help their children succeed in school and in life. Bonnie is the author of Special Ed Mom Survival Guide: How to Prevail in the Special Education Process and Find Life-long Strategies for You and Your Child.