The iPad has totally changed the way that therapy can be delivered to kids (and adults) who need to work on fine motor skills or visual motor engagement. I’ve seen first hand how level of engagement increases, and kids are more willing to work on the tasks which are given to them. More practice often means better outcomes!
One of the challenges is finding ways to work on multiple skills at the same time, while offering sufficient reward to keep kids motivated. Osmo is a game that begins to pull together the iPad as a gaming interface, and the ‘real world’ with manipulatives that connect to the game. Kids can play with tangram pieces (great manipulation for fine motor skills), while working on the skills they need to put a puzzle together (visual perceptive skills), and receive instant and gratifying reward from the system all at once (increasing motivation). I’ve got a feeling that the three apps they’ve developed are just the beginning … the possibilities for this concept are incredible!
Osmo isn’t available yet – but you can pre-order for late summer 2014. I’ve got mine ordered, and will give you a full review once it arrives at my doorstep. It’s not going to come cheap ($99 once released), but you can order now for 50% off by clicking here!