LetterReflex – Overcoming Letter Reversals, by BinaryLabs, is another sensational learning tool from the creators of Dexteria. Letter reversals are to be expected from any young child learning the alphabet, the cause is a lack of directionality. To address directionality, the first concepts that need to be understood are the directions of “right” and “left.” LetterReflex helps children overcome common letter reversals in a game format that is inviting, engaging, interactive and user-friendly. Best of all, the kids LOVE playing this app. The first activity, Tilt It, uses kinesthetic learning to teach left from right. The second activity, Flip It, allows them to practice what they learned while honing their letter discrimination skills.
Although listed in the medical category this app has its place during every child’s development. For some it would have a short shelf-life, for others it would be with them for a much longer time. This app is so well done, so professional, and so worthwhile an investment, that we encourage parents of all preschoolers to take a look. If your child struggles with letter reversals, this a must have app.
Teachers With Apps spoke with Frank Jenson, CEO of Dexteria and asked a few questions: “With regards to Dexteria, yes, our app business is a full-time endeavor. We have been in business since 1993 developing educational applications, mostly for textbook companies. Our goal is to provide OTs, parents, and teachers with a family of apps that serve as a toolkit to address common developmental challenges.”
This app focuses on this one important concept and it is an essential skill to master. How many adults do you know who still struggle with, “the other left” syndrome. A recent study examined right-left discrimination among medical students. About 11% reported poor or very poor perceived ability to discriminate right from left. The study found that medical students vary in their ability, and about a third of students reported using techniques to help them discriminate right from left.
Teachers With Apps and Frank Jenson feel that LetterReflex may possibly help children with other skills in areas of their development, in addition to improving reversals.