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What is it

Skoog 2.0 is an instrument that is truly inclusive. For many people with disabilities one of the greatest barriers to making music is the dexterity required to play a more traditional musical instrument; Skoog removes that barrier. It’s like a games controller for making music – a squashy foam cube that acts as a wireless (Bluetooth® SMART) controller for the App running on your iPad, designed to get you ‘hands-on’ with musical sounds.

This revolutionary tactile cube will change the way you and your family enjoy, create and learn music. As well as being physically accessible, Skoog’s simple design combined with the software features enables everyone, including those with learning difficulties, to make and play music with peers without the need to learn traditional music theory. The ability to create and control musical sounds is also beneficial for a range of therapies and multi-sensory learning.

Key features:

  • Connects wirelessly to iPad using the free Skoog app
  • Adjustable sensitivity
  • Integration with iTunes
  • Key detection
  • Lets you play GarageBand instruments using the dynamic touch interface
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Plays the sounds of different instruments, using any CoreMIDI compatible apps
  • Tactile, intuitive and robust
  • Underside works with a suction mount for securing it in easily accessible positions
  • Built-in guided access mode to hide on-screen menus and enable users to focus on playing
  • Suitable for MLD, SLD and PMD, children with global delay, genetic conditions, sensory impairments or Autism

What our team of testers said

"She loved pressing the Skoog to make sounds, she laughed a lot at this." - Observer of girl aged 14, with Cerebral Palsy

"This is brilliant, so simple in design, tactile and engaging!" - Teacher at school for children with Autism

Developmental benefits

  • Encourages hand and finger strength/coordination
  • Stimulates children with a multi-sensory experience
  • Promotes creativity

What our experts think

The Skoog is a brilliant musical instrument for children with limited dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Our testers found it easy to set up and loved having controls to adjust the sound level and button sensitivity, as well as being able to use the child’s favourite music as a backing track. The Skoog was easy to use which makes it an accessible way for children to play music.

It is also good for children with special educational needs and disabilities – it offers a wonderful and interactive sensory experience that is both fun and stimulating. The squashy foam cube is simple, tactile and engaging but also safe for children to use independently (e.g. children can’t hurt themselves by throwing or chewing it), allowing them to build their confidence using technology.

Details

  • Brands: Skoogmusic
  • Noteworthy Features
    • Made in UK
    • Battery Operated
  • Special Needs Autistic children
    Dyslexic children
    Dyspraxic children
    Children with speech issues
    Children with ADD
    Children with developmental delay
  • Product Type(s): Parenting & Educational Resources
  • Types of skills developed: Creativity
    Fine motor skills
    Hand-eye coordination
    Listening and attention
    Music
    Physical & motor skills
    Speech, language and communication skills

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