Who here has played Turtle Invaders? Its such a fun game!
There is a new app coming out next week that is based on a math adaptation of Turtle Invaders. It’s called OctoPlus, and was created by Zyrobotics . Zyrobotics, LLC is an inclusive technology company. Their mission is to enable freedom through technology by developing products that are adaptive to each individual’s capabilities.
My son has autism and generalized anxiety disorder, along with sensory processing disorder. He LOVES to learn. When he gets emotional or stressed out, however, the chances of him retaining anything that is being taught are lowered dramatically. We’ve been blessed this year to have a teacher that makes learning math a game as much as anything else, and the improvement we’re seeing is astounding! This is one reason I feel so excited about OctoPlus. It’s a game, for heaven’s sake! It’ll be SO FUN to learn with!
OctoPlus places the child in an underwater water world where they have to battle turtles using their math addition skills to score points to be used in the OctoStore. With both a drill and challenge mode, children’s math skills are improved based on their own individual learning ability. OctoPlus is also designed to enhance motor skills for young children and kids with motor or cognitive delays. And get this: parents can also use this switch-accessible app to reinforce Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals! As a special needs parent who stressed over my son’s IEP, I think this is awesome!
A few key points about the game/app:
- Fun for all, with additional settings to help children with special needs
- Beginner’s options to help gain confidence during game play
- Helps in improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills for younger children and children with special needs
- Graphics and music can be graded to make this game suitable for sensory sensitive kids or for kids that are easily distracted, such as children with Autism or attention deficit disorder
- Can use this math app to reinforce Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals
I personally cannot wait to try this out for myself and my son. If you’re curious about it, it will be available for download on March 10 from iTunes: iTunes Download Link.