New app range to help target preschool speech and language skills

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[] London, United Kingdom - Therapy Box today released a specialist range of apps which target speech and language skills for preschoolers. Each app has been carefully designed to address different aspects including speech sound discrimination, rhyme judgement, category sorting and sound-letter associations. Each app features a cute dinosaur, Dubdub, who takes the child on a fun adventure!

The range of apps include Phonics Keyboard, the first keyboard extension for iPad and iPhone to deliver a unique keyboard where children can tap the letter and hear the sound it makes; and link fun images of animals and familiar objects with the letter it begins with. This is a great first keyboard for little typists eager to send emails or practice spelling simple words!

Rhyming Bus makes working on rhyme judgement skills fun. This intuitive app sees Dubdub driving the bus and the child helps the rhyming words board the bus! It can be customized to suit your child's level of awareness of sounds. A great pre-reading app, which can keep being used as your child, progresses by simply making it more difficult.

"When I designed these apps, I really had my own toddler in mind," explains Therapy Box co-founder and speech therapist Rebecca Bright, "I wanted to create apps which were fun but offered parents a way of working on the really important skills preschoolers need."

Each of the apps can be adjusted to suit the needs of the child using them. The popular app first launched by Therapy Box in 2012, Minimal Pairs, has been redesigned to focus on Dubdub,and based on requests from parents, has additional words that target sounds in the beginning, middle and ends of words as well as blend sounds. Being able to hear the difference between minimal pairs is an important skill for speech development and for reading and spelling skills later on.

Odd One Out rounds out the range and offers the same great reporting feature in the app so parents can measure progress and share reports with teachers. Odd One Out is a fun fishing style game and useful tool for working on understanding meanings of words and their association with similar words.

Pricing and Availability:
To celebrate the launch of the apps, an introductory price is $3.99 (USD) for Phonics Keyboard and for Rhyming Bus, while Minimal Pairs and Odd One Out are at $4.99.

Therapy Box is a communication technology business specialising in creative and affordable communication and therapy apps for people of all ages and abilities. Its flagship products are Predictable, an award-winning app designed to provide a voice to someone who is unable to use their own, and ChatAble, an app that allows users to create symbol based-grids to aid communication, primarily for those with difficulties including autism, aphasia, motor neurone disease and apraxia. Therapy Box was founded in 2010 by speech therapist Rebecca Bright and telecoms and communications expert Swapnil Gadgil Therapy Box has been the recipient of numerous awards including a 2014 Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation), a 2014 Appsters Most Innovative App Award and a winner of the WIRED2014 Start Up Pitch. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 Therapy Box. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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