Lindsey Ludwig shares:
When I learned that I would be getting one of the Crusade iPads, I made it my mission to also get an Osmo system. One of the vision therapists at my previous school introduced me to Osmo last year, and I thought it would be a great tool to use to get students at my new school engaged and excited about coming to see their new SLP since I was transferring.
If you’re unfamiliar with Osmo, it consists of a stand and a “reflector” that turns your iPad into an even more interactive therapy tool. In addition to the stand and reflector, there are numerous games that all come with game boards, tiles and other materials that students use in real time to make the games work, so they are interactive and hands on. My kids LOVE using the different games and request to use them all the time. They are great because you can target so many different skills. I will highlight some of the games that I have and the various ways that I use them in therapy. I’ll also try to remember to bring it to the next few COP’s so that if anyone wants to check it out before buying or funding their own system they know what it’s like.
I love using this game for articulation practice, requesting and problem solving. Students have to arrange tiles the way that they are displayed on the iPad so that they match. Most of the tangrams we’ve completed so far have been animals. This is a great app for articulation, especially with /r/ sounds, as the shapes you use include triangles and squares. It’s also a great tool for improving team work and turn taking.
In this game, students are left in charge of their own pizza restaurant. This game is great for following directions, as students have to arrange toppings on a pizza according to customers’ preferences. After making the pizza, they also have to collect money from the customers and give change, so we get a chance to do some math work, directly tying into curricular concepts and problem solving skills. I also love using this game for articulation carryover practice, as it is fast paced and you can truly see if students have acquired their skills. It’s also great because the characters speak their own “Osmo language,” but you can practice reading nonverbal facial features and actions to see if they are happy/upset with their pizza, impatient about waiting, etc, or you can interpret what their “Osmo words” mean through contextual clues.
With this game, students have various maps and a magnifying glass that they use to solve mysteries about stolen objects. The maps are very visually busy, so students have to practice turn taking, problem solving/inferencing skills, and I usually make them take turns using the magnifying glass. Clues often center around various settings, and sometimes categorization skills are targeted (ex: find 5 foods).
Students have two sets of alphabet tiles to use in various game modes to use in a hangman-type spelling game. In Adventure mode, the targets are mostly identification and spelling of words, which is, of course, great for targeting phonics and sound awareness skills. In versus, students race to spell various words about a picture, but the answer may not always be a simple label. Sometimes, a category label is the target instead of the word (ex: bird when a chicken is pictured). In addition to using this game for articulation/phonology, I love using the picture scenes for wh-questions and sentence formulation. It’s also got a two player mode, so the kids have a lot of fun competing against each other. You can also download new Words libraries. So far, I’ve found an opposites library, a figurative language library and a feelings library. I’m excited to search for more in my free time, LOL.
I am planning to try to get a few new games that have recently been released that I think will be great for preschool and primary kids soon. Please let me know if you have any questions about Osmo! I think this is an awesome tool and highly recommend it!