Learning with Special Needs

We celebrate what makes Children with Autism special!
Children with autism often struggle with reading and phonemic awareness development due to auditory processing delays. Many children with autism have receptive language problems that can make learning letter sound associations challenging. Square Panda is designed to meet a number of needs for children with autism:
    • Multisensory learning games designed with multiple modalities in mind use different senses and skills to enhance sensory processing;
    • A playset workspace encourages verbal communication and collaboration unlike solo-play on just an iPad;
    • 3D Smart Letters boost motor coordination skills;
    • Inventive phonics and spelling learning games emphasize rewards and not punishment to build your child's confidence.  

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Dyslexia is characterized by challenges in learning to read. Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, "sounding out" words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads. Square Panda fits the needs of dyslexic children in many ways!

Our playset fuses tactile smart letters with multisensory learning games that use different senses: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic modalities to differentiate the play and learning experience. Multisensory learning activates deeper cognition and strengthens your child's engagement. Connecting new and existing skills with active play and learning can be more effective than rote learning or memorization alone.

Square Panda uses a research based approach to teach key reading readiness skills to dyslexic children:

  • Using physical and tactile movements to re-connect the brain hemispheres

  • Use a right brained reading approach. Teach phonetics rather than sight words as these require so much memorization.

  • Teach decoding to build reading independence and confidence

  • Use systematic color and picture enhanced phonics games and activities

  • Teach individual phonemic sounds, consonants, vowels and letter combinations

  • Use vowel and letter combinations to show them how to create sounds.

This research really inspired our learning apps: Mousavi, Low, & Sweller, 1995; Shaywitz 2003; Shaywitz 2003 in Honig 2013!

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