Press Release – Reading application for Autism & Dyslexia

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Press Release – Reading application for Autism & Dyslexia

Parent launches pioneering reading application for Autism & Dyslexia and Young Readers Press Release No. 13/07/18 18th July 2013 Download PDF Here An Essex based company releases its debut pioneering educational iPAD app today. The app is built to assist those with Autism, Dyslexia or those with learning difficulties to read and create stories in a fun way. Young Readers can take advantage of the features too.  The application was designed by the parent of Nieve Jones, an eight-year old autistic girl, who loves books, but struggles with words. The app gives parents or teachers the ability to create their own storyboards. Familiar pictures or videos can then be assigned to each word. The child is then able to follow a story by either reading the words, or by seeing the image assigned to each word. The image acts as a visual clue to each word. The app utilizes advanced text-to-speech technology, which allows the book content to be read out-loud when appropriate. The user can also click the individual words to hear them spoken. For example, a parent using the app could use a photo of a familiar family scene; or any photo the child is comfortable with in order to build a story around it. The user would then assign a picture or video of their actual mum, dad or dog to each of the words, thus creating the connection between words and images in the story. Mr Jones who designed the application for his daughter said: “The inspiration for the application came from a bedtime reading session with Nieve.  I would point backwards and forwards between the word ‘dog’ and an actual picture of a dog. I suddenly realised that Nieve was more able to follow the story, when there was a concrete association between the words and a related image.” From the book, Thinking in Pictures, Dr. Temple Grandin, a highly successful autistic herself, writes, “Words are like a second language to me. I translate both spoken and written words into full-color movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head. When somebody speaks to me, his words are instantly translated into pictures.” The application works on this idea by allowing the user to place familiar media above the words. The application comes with seven built-in stories and a default library of 760+ common nouns that automatically appear as the user types. The internal image library is designed to grow as personal content is added. To get the most out of the application, the designers recommend using images and videos from the child’s own environment. This helps create a fun environment to learn and help build a strong association between the words and images. The application is built for the Apple iPAD for iOS 5 and greater. Price: £11.99 - $16.99 (PRO - All new/future books are unlocked) Price: £3.99 -...

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Visual Reading

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Visual Reading

Reading tool for Autism, Dyslexia and Young Readers. Assign your own images or videos to words. Create your own fun stories. Help create a concrete association between words and images. Use the built-in library of 760 words-to-images or extend the library by adding your own images or videos to words. About the Visual Reading Application The Visual Reading app was built to assist those with Autism, Dyslexia, or individuals who have difficulty reading with just words. Created by a parent with an autistic child, the idea of associating images to words was inspired by a bedtime reading session. The child was able to read and understand the story when the parent pointed to various images on the book page, whilst reading and pointing at the words. This helped in making a connection between the word and an image. The application works on this idea by allowing the user to place images or videos above each word. Have fun adding your own concrete nouns for everyday common objects that the child is familiar with . Most common nouns are already included in the application but feel free to experiment and add your own. Even add a photo of the subject if appropriate. For some abstract words the user is encouraged to find images or make videos that the child is comfortable or familiar with. Privacy For parents: All data, including images and videos taken or loaded via the device remain strictly on the device. The application DOES not share or transmit any of its data. All data remains locally. Ensure you backup your devices regularly. Price: £11.99 - $16.99 (PRO - All new/future books are unlocked) Price: £3.99 - $5.99 (LITE - Books unlocked via In-app-purchase) Platform: iPAD New Functionality: Print your story words as large image cards [Info] Print your story pages [Info] You can now assign images to words via a safe web search. [Info] You can now organise your word images into albums. [Info] As an alternative to typing and assigning images to words, you can now use the new insert word button on the narrative editor to insert a word image. [Info] User can now record their own audio for each sentence. [Info] User can now optionally use their own audio or use the robot speech voice. [Info] User can now view the full story text when reading a book if no page artwork is available. [Info] (Instead of scrolling to view each line, all five rows are now shown when no page image is added) [Info] LEARN TO READ USING WORDS AND PICTURES Image or Video to Word Association. Reading aid for Autism, Dyslexia and Young Learners. CREATE YOUR OWN STORIES. Features: Unlimited User Books Unlimited Book Pages Add a book cover and page covers from your camera or iPAD media library Click on the word images to: Hear the word spoken. Zoom the word...

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