Cosmo for therapy

Cosmo has been developed over the years working with therapy professionals who seek to enrich traditional therapy. Cosmo has been present in therapy centres all over the world for many years supporting people in a variety of areas: occupational, speech & language, physical movement, musical expression and many others. Cosmo is a highly versatile tool and can be used to complement exercises aiming to develop communication skills, musical expression, physical movement, emotional regulation and daily living skills. Below, we present ideas on how Cosmo Training activities can enrich some of those areas.

How to support therapy with Cosmo

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Speech & Language

Cosmo can support different areas of Speech and Language therapy such as communication skills, gestural communication, following of instructions, vocalisation, expressing preferences and taking turns.

Our research with Dr Kossyvaki (University of Birmingham) and Dr Curran (Cambridge University) focused on how Cosmo can support communication skills for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (read more)

  • Use MyVoice to record a learner’s voice or any other sound. Then press the cosmoids to hear the recording back with sound effects. A fun way to support vocalisation and sound exploration.
  • Use the Sampler activity to record a word/phrase in each button. Press them in right order to support creating sentences or playback of stories.
  • Use Turn Taking and My Orchestra activities to practise turn taking, intensive interaction and active communication skills.
  • Exploration, My Orchestra and Improvisation are excellent activities to practice expressing preferences.
  • Explore our Colour Fun, Familiarisation and My Voice lesson plans to support vocalisation and stimulate ways of alternative communication.
  • Dig deeper into lesson plans. Sensory stories such as Little Goat and Scared Tumi and Familiarisation an be used to practise matching and sorting things. 
  • Turn-taking is an essential life skill which you can practise following these lesson plans: Sequencing, Be a Conductor and All the Same.

Sources: https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-speech-therapy-exercises/ 

Physiotherapy

Cosmo can be used to help train physical mobility through improving muscle tone and assisting posture and walking. 

  • Use our devices, called Cosmoids with our cognitive training activities to help stroke/Brain injury survivors increase the speed and range of their movement.
  • Ask your clients to hold the Cosmoids like burgers and play the Cosmonaut activity, supporting fine motor control.
  • Use any of our numerous activities, place the cosmoids to the left and right of the client and have them lean over to reach and press them. A few of our physiotherapist customers are using this to support balance.
  • The Cosmoids are equipped with dynamic, force sensors. Use the Cosmo app together with to adapt the responsiveness of the Cosmoids to support strengthening exercises and to engage different muscles. 
  • Place the Cosmoids at different surfaces and heights to complement exercises involving sitting, kneeling and standing. 


TIP: You can adapt the difficulty level, pace and duration of each activity for each person’s individual needs. 


Cosmo plays a huge role in increasing accessibility for those with limited mobility so that everyone can access equal opportunities to learn and play. Thanks to the possibility to attach Cosmoids to mounting arms, learners with physical disabilities can easily participate in learning, therapy and play along with their peers.

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Occupational therapy

Cosmo can support different areas of Occupational Therapy such as sensory circuits, emotional regulation and motor planning.

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  • Gross motor skills:
    • Explore physical activities in the Cosmo Training app such as Exercise or Showdown. Experiment with different movements e.g. ask learners to mimic the movements of different animals e.g. crab, frog, worm, kangaroo.
    • Explore the lesson plans designed to support gross motor skills and motor planning such as Get Moving, Gross Motor Skills or Competition Time.
    • Plan an obstacle course using Cosmoids. Set up the obstacle course using everyday objects, hard and soft surfaces and available sensory equipment. Place Cosmoids along the course on the floor or attached to the walls and play Exercise. Encourage the learner to crawl, jump or climb to press the Cosmoids that light up.
  • Motor planning:
    • Simon Says: Prepare activity cards where each movement corresponds to a different colour of Cosmoids: purple=sit down; yellow=jump; red=turn around; green=clap your hands; blue=wave ‘Hello’; orange=do a silly dance. Play Exercise and invite learners to perform the movements whenever the respective colour lights up. 
    • Head and Shoulders: Open the nursery thyme via YouTube and encourage learners to sing along, but instead of using their hands to touch body parts, invite them to use the body parts to light up the Cosmoids. When you hear head, kneel on the floor and touch the Cosmoids using your head. Similarly, when you hear shoulders, use your shoulder to light up the Cosmoid. 

Sources: https://www.ruh.nhs.uk/patients/services/childrens_therapies/documents/activities_for_home/Motor_Planning_Activities.pdf 

Music therapy
  • Explore the lesson plans designed to support musical expression and vocalisation such as Hugs in the City or Small Bird’s Big Adventure.
  • Use filtering tool <screenshot> available in the Cosmo Training app to find musical activities: Exploration, Toggle, Improvisation, My Orchestra, My Voice.
  • Cosmo plays a significant part in inclusive learning and therapy. Use My Orchestra to encourage learners to take turns, collaborate and experiment together. Encourage each learner to become a conductor and indicate using words, gestures or signs which instruments they want to add. 
  • Invite learners to sit in a circle. Open My Orchestra and assign an instrument to each learner. Ask a learner to press their Cosmoid to activate an instrument. The learner needs to mimic how to play the instrument using body language. The other learners repeat the movement. Each learner gets to play their instrument and the other learners mimic the instrument. 


TIP: Experiment with the available activities by creating sound effects and singing along in silly voices.


Sources: 

https://www.tunedintolearning.com/

http://www.coastmusictherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/Music-Therapy-Early-Childhood-Inclusion.pdf 

http://www.coastmusictherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012TipsBand.pdf