We are pleased to announce that the complete alphabet of I Can Alphabetics is now available on the AppStore and Google Play! For those of you who experienced difficulties with the free app, you’ll be pleased to know that we have published an updated version to incorporate improvements for letter tracing and the registration process.
Alphabetics is an edutainment app for children aged 3-6 who are learning the alphabet. It was designed specifically for children with dyslexia, but can be used– and enjoyed!– by any child learning the shapes and sounds of letters. Through a series of multisensory games children are taken through a process that will involve sight, sound and touch. Afterwards, they are quizzed on their understanding. Parents and tutors can follow the child’s progress in a report featuring pictures of their “handwriting” and recordings of their pronunciation of the sound.
It is believed that 15% of the population has dyslexia. 1 out of every 5 children in a classroom. That means 10,000,000 children in the US alone! Many families cannot afford tutoring or simply do not have access to qualified tutors in their geographical location. ForDyslexia‘s mission is to provide parents of children with dyslexia access to effective teaching tools at a price they can afford.
Generally dyslexia becomes apparent in elementary school when children begin to learn to read and write. The target range for Alphabetics is prior to that period when parents or teachers usually begin to consider that the child may have a reading difficulty. That is why, although Alphabetics is designed for children with dyslexia, it is highly recommendable to use with any child because it reinforces phonemic awareness which is one of the 5 fundamental skills necessary to read.
Please help us in our mission by downloading the app, telling friends about it, and rating on the Store for others to see.
Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia include difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds) and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. Researchers estimate that 10 -17 percent of the population in the U.S. has dyslexia. Dyslexia is also equally prevalent in non-English-speaking countries. It is a common misconception that dyslexia is simply a person who sees words backwards. Only 30 percent of dyslexics have trouble with reversing letters and numbers.
“Traditionally, many people are under the impression that dyslexia is an issue with visualizing letters differently. However, we now know that dyslexics just learn to read differently – most learn to read by sight memorization not phonetically,” says Dr. Gruen. Anatomically, dyslexics have normal brains; however, the brain areas activated in reading may be different. Several studies using fMRI, an imaging technique that studies activity in the brain, have shown that dyslexics display different patterns of brain activity than other people when they read.“Some kids just learn differently. Not all children learn to read with our current one-size fits all methods,” says Dr. Gruen. “The earlier we can identify children at risk, the earlier we can start intervention when studies have shown that remediation works best. Even with the future capabilities of genetic testing for dyslexia, the biggest problem is still the lack of infrastructure for early intervention in schools.”
–Source the National Institutes of Health (USA)