Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Odd One Out {An App Review}

Hi friends!

I'm back today to tell you about a new, simple app I've been using with my pre-schoolers! Many of my little ones have goals for sorting objects, identifying categories, identifying objects that don't belong, and/or understanding object function. Therapy Box, an app developer specializing in apps for people with communication, physical, and cognitive difficulties, reached out about me reviewing one of their apps, and I chose an app called Odd One Out to try out with my littles! Disclaimer: This app was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed below are all mine.

When you first open the app, you can press the green button in the top left corner to change settings, learn more about the app, and learn about the Therapy Box team. 

You can alter settings, such as choosing the location where the character, Dubdub, fishes from, choosing the difficulty level (easy, medium, hard), and choosing how many words are given (3 or 6), as seen in the screenshots below. If you click on "Display," you can also choose whether only a picture is displayed, only a word, or a word and a picture.

Dubdub can fish from the beach, the boat, the dock, and more!

I choose the difficulty level and the amount of fish based on the ability level of my students. (Currently, most of my little pre-schoolers are doing 3 fish on the easy level!)

Below is an example of 3 fish on the medium level. Students simply tap the fish showing the item that does not belong (the "Odd One Out.") 

When they make the right selection, the fish changes color with a smile on his face.

When they make an incorrect choice, the selected fish changes colors and has a frown.

Below is an example of 6 fish on the hard level.

Each "round" consists of 20 trials. After 20 trials are completed, a short video is shown of Dubdub doing some kind of activity (dancing, flying an airplane, etc.) as a visual reinforcer. You can skip over these by tapping in the upper right corner, or you can turn this reinforcer off altogether in the settings menu.

Following the short video (less than 10 seconds), you are given the student's data and accuracy percentage. It shows you specifically which prompts they missed, and this data can be emailed to you or a parent.

Overall, this app is very simple to use and great for little ones working on identifying items that don't belong, object function, categorizing, and more. I love that it keeps data for you and gives you an option to email the data to yourself. I also like the visuals, as they are bright and engaging for my little ones. I would love to see an update that allows you to enter student names and saves student data across sessions. I would also love to be able to keep track of more than one student at a time, especially for those students I see in small groups.

Odd One Out sells in the iTunes app store for $1.99, and it's most definitely worth it!

Therapy Box has many other apps for both the iPhone and iPad!

Have you used Odd One Out in therapy? I'd love to hear what you think!


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