When Kirsten Deane started to teach her daughter Sophie to read, it was harder than it needed to be.
It wasn’t so much that Sophie, 10, has Down syndrome and a hearing impairment that makes speech quite difficult for her. Ms Dean found there was a lack of technology to assist.
When I started a reading program with her five years ago, I was making up books for her using photos of our family and then matching them with symbols — a whole way of reinforcing literacy, Kirsten Deane said.
I spent a lot of time printing out photos, laminating them and having them bound.
But technology, like tablets and smart phones, now offer an easier alternative to making these books.
Having a tablet would have made it extraordinarily easier, Ms Deane said.
If I’d been teaching her now, I would’ve done it on the iPad for her and it could have included me reading to her as well — via redwolf.newsvine.com