Palm Harbor, FL (May 14, 2014) There’s a new word game in town, and this one has a unique twist: it’s great for people who can’t spell! Soundable, a new social word game, looks like Scrabble or Words With Friends at first glance, until you notice the funny letters on the tiles.
“Soundable is based on the sounds in words, not the letters,” explains Megan Sutton, MS, CCC-SLP, founder of Tactus Therapy Solutions and one of the game’s designers. “Each of our tiles represents a single sound or phoneme, and they build words regardless of how English spells them. The same ‘SH’ sound we spell with the ‘S-H’ letters in ‘Ship’ is also present in ‘Ocean’, ‘Motion’, and ‘Session’. In Soundable, you can use the same tile in any of those situations.”
If you think it’s dumbing down the game, think again: the main driver for the game is actually supporting higher education. In fact, the game’s primary market is current and future Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and other professionals who need to learn the International Phonetic Language, or IPA.
“We’ve needed something like this for a long time,” explained Tanya Coyle, MSc, S-LP(C) who currently teaches phonology at Lambton College. “It’s really important that new speech and language professionals know the IPA well and this will offer a fun, easy way to practice. I can’t wait to get my hands on it and share it with my students!”
The game is a joint venture between Tactus Therapy Solutions, a leading provider of therapy apps for the speech therapy market, and LessonPix.com, whose SoundFinder technology powers the scoring of the game.
To keep the game free, Soundable is ad-supported, with a special focus on ads targeting speech-language professionals. For example, one of the game’s launch sponsors is ProxTalker, which makes AAC devices that help non-verbal children with autism communicate. Glen Dobbs, president of Proxtalker, sees a great opportunity for speech-related vendors. “There are hundreds of companies that spend a ton of money going to conventions and other venues to show our products to SLPs. To have a chance to reach them when they are engaged and having fun with other SLPs makes this an easy decision. I think it’s a great idea, and I hope it’s a huge success.”
About LessonPix, Inc. : Founded in 2009, LessonPix provides online visuals and materials for teachers, parents, therapists and speech-language pathologist (SLPs) with an ever-growing library of original high-quality scalable artwork (currently over 20,000 symbols) and powerful tools to leverage them in the classroom and home. Their unique SoundFinder and its related tools provide SLPs with the ability to easily “Search by Sounds not Letters” and make games, materials, and AAC overlays to support their therapy goals. For More Information Contact: Bill Binko, COO LessonPix, Inc.(727) 437-2465 http://lessonpix.com
About Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd.: Founded in 2011, Tactus Therapy creates apps to be used by people of all ages to improve their communication skills in rehabilitation and education settings around the world. Designed by a Speech-Language Pathologist, Tactus Therapy apps aim to help professionals ease their workload with quality materials and data collecting and reporting tools, while enhancing the therapy of clients by providing more opportunities to practice outside the clinic. These apps are favorites among adults who have an acquired brain injury and children with special needs. For more information, download the free Lite versions of each app or visit http://tactustherapy.com.