Therapists Get It
Beamz largest fan base is, without a doubt, therapists. Simply stated, therapists are what we education technology developers like to call our “early adopters”. From the very beginning, Occupational, Physical and Music Therapists working in schools instinctively recognized the practical uses and added motivation Beamz provides as part of their on-going therapy plans. Whether your role is habilitation or rehabilitation (or both) Beamz is a great tool to have in your arsenal.
Here’s what we know about how your peers are using Beamz now. The 4 lasers on the Laser Controller that trigger sounds and music, can be activated by movement that mimics plucking a string, playing the keys of a piano, or holding your hand or any other object continuously in the path of light. The laser controller can be set on the floor to use with feet and legs. Place the controller between you and your student to isolate finger/hand movements, work on eye-hand coordination, sensory processing, and visual memory (just to name a few). Place it up high to work on range of motion, crossing midline and more. There are literally hundreds of ways you can target specific skills using the controller. And then there’s the Player Software…
Beamz is a hardware and software solution, meaning the Laser Controller works with an application we call Player Software. The cool thing is that the software was designed to mirror the Laser Controller exactly, and it is totally accessible. For your students who have mobility limitations, Beamz is built to support multiple access methods—switches and mouse alternatives, touch surfaces (screens and interactive boards), adapted keyboards and eye gaze. Again, you can work on Assistive Technology training, or higher level schools that utilize each students’ mode of access.