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From Ryan Heitner:
Phonics teaches children the relationships between letters and sounds. Phonics helps children to use these relationships to speak and write words. The relationship is logical and predictable . Knowing these relationships through phonics helps young readers to recognise familiar words accurately and easily "decode" new words.This is a Phonological Awareness skill called Auditory Processing. Studies have proven that auditory analysis training results in significantly better reading. We make this process fun, so that your child can become a better reader. If you invest in your childs development early on, you will build his confidence and love of reading and lay the foundation for his future education. The App is targeted for teachers and parents and therapists to encourage children to practice these fundamental skills.Level one of Hear2Read can be used by children from approximately 4 years of age.Hear2Read has 7 levels with a total of 356 practice words each with their own image.Level 1: Compound words. The student has to omit one part of the compound word.Level 2: Two syllable words. The student has to omit one syllableLevel 3: The student has to omit the initial phoneme from the wordLevel 4: The student has to omit the final phoneme from the wordLevel 5: The student has to substitute either the initial or final phoneme of the word with a different phonemeLevel 6: Words containing consonant blends. The student has to omit one sound from the blendLevel 7: Words containing consonant blends. The student is required to substitute one of sounds in the blend.Two fun games provide motivation.Squash the spider: A pesky spider is on the loose Squash him before he wreaks havoc. He is super fast and strong. Get him five times so that he moves to a different neighbourhood.Pop the balloon: On no! All the balloons are flying away they are going to pollute the environment. Pop as many as you can fast before it is too late.The app has been designed by Nikki Heyman who holds qualifications in both speech and language therapy and remedial education. She has worked with children ranging from 2 years old through 12 years of age. Nikki has ensured that the customisation options provided allow the app to meet your needs.Images have been carefully selected to best illustrate the words.Auditory processing refers to the ability to identify, interpret and attach meaning to sound that is heard. This can be in the absence of a physical hearing loss.This App addresses the following critical Auditory Processing Skills:Auditory Discrimination: the ability to hear differences in soundsAuditory Segmenting/Syllabification: the ability to break words into their parts and syllables.Auditory Analysis: to determine the number, sequence, and specific sounds that are within a wordAuditory Blending: to blend individual sounds to form words.Auditory- Visual Association: to be able to link a sound with a grapheme (letter).