Speech Language Literacy Lab would like to thank Tacscreen for letting us try their new product. Tacscreen is a simple cover for an iPad, iPhone, or other tablet device that converts the screen into a multi-sensory experience.
Research supports that tablets can help improve literacy skills:
“Research evidence suggests that tablets have the potential to enhance children's emergent literacy skills (e.g., alphabet knowledge, print concepts, and emergent writing)” (Neumann & Neumann, 2014).
“The quick adoption of iPads into the classroom, coupled with the many apps targeting early literacy skills, offers a new way to build early literacy skills with emergent and beginning readers” (Northrop, Laura; Killeen, Erin, 2013).
Tacscreen is a phenomenal addition to the therapy toolkit. Students will beg to practice their names and write new words on an IPad using the Tacscreen to provide sensory feedback.
Neumann, M., & Neumann, D. (2014). Touch Screen Tablets and Emergent Literacy. Early Childhood Education Journal, v42 n4 p231-239 Jul 2014
Northrop, L. & Killeen, E. (2013). A Framework for Using iPads to Build Early Literacy Skills. Reading Teacher, v66 n7 p531-537 Apr 2013