For Dyslexia, a startup company dedicated to the creation of effective apps for children with dyslexia, has released the first of their collection, I Can Suite. The I Can Suite will help children learn to read and write at an affordable price, which is good news for many families that cannot afford the cost of a qualified tutor, or may not even have trained tutors in their location. Alphabetics, the 1st app of the suite, is a tool designed specifically to help young children (aged 3-6) learn the letters, their phonemes and how to write them.
It is believed that between 15 and 20% of the population has dyslexia. Many do not receive adequate tutoring because they cannot afford it, cannot access it, or use a program that is not based on scientifically proven methods. Apps are an easy, affordable way to reach many children who struggle with reading. And I Can Alphabetics is based on multisensory methods, which have been scientifically proven effective for children with dyslexia.
Although I Can Alphabetics was designed specifically with the needs of children with dyslexia in mind, it is an ideal app for any child learning the alphabet, or learning English as a second language. The multisensory approach to teaching is an engaging way for any child to acquire phonemic awareness, the first skill needed to read.
Parents can download the iCan Alphabetics app from the AppStore and GooglePlay. Children will learn the name, sound and shape of each letter through a series of multisensory games. The complete alphabet is available for $2.99/2,79€.
The I Can Suite promotes high self-esteem for children who may often feel daunted by letters on the page. They will love to play the interactive games and parents will enjoy seeing the Progress Reports that show them which concepts their child is learning.
For Dyslexia plans to deliver the rest of their apps of the I Can Suite to the market progressively over the next year.
About For Dyslexia
For Dyslexia is an early stage startup whose goal is to help children with dyslexia learn how to read. Kathryn Hart, founder and CEO of For Dyslexia, is a graduate of the Founder Institute in Madrid. She earned her BA in Writing Seminars from The Johns Hopkins University and has worked for over 15 years in the entertainment industry. Kathryn was Executive Producer of the BAFTA winning children’s television series, Pocoyo, and has formed part of the launch team of 4 major startup companies.
The idea for ForDylexia was born when Kathryn suspected that her 5-year-old daughter had dyslexia. In order to design trustworthy apps and to keep abreast of new research in the field, ForDylsexia collaborates with Dr. Guinevere Eden, Director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center, who is one of the foremost authorities on dyslexia and brain imaging techniques.
Kathryn also consulted other experts in the field of dyslexia. She would like to thank Norma Garza (US Dept. of Education, Board Member Literate Nation, National Reading Panel), Vicki Myers (US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs), Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan (Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist, author of Esperanza Method), Dr. Bruce Pennington (Director of the University of Denver’s Developmental Neuropsychology Lab) and Dr. Barbara Wise (Developmental Psychologist, creator of Linguistic Remedies) for their gracious support and comments regarding this project.
For the technical development and data architecture of the apps, ForDyslexia has partnered with Complex Labs, a Spanish company specialized in educational platforms.