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KINEPHONICS® IS A VIRTUAL SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND LEARNING CENTRE
where speech and language professionals generate evidence of spoken language development 
[accessible on mobile apps and Chrome web browser]

 

 

"Our communication software delivers a fully reflective and integrated sensory learning experience
with speech at its heart". (Anna Gill, 2019)


Speech and Language professionals work with their clients creating a series of video clips with subtitles to achieve learning and development outcomes. Just like a newsreader, information is presented about any subject and for any purpose but at the same time, skills are being developed in speaking, writing, reading, listening and/or spelling. For example, if the client is learning about the environment, they can present information about the environment and be learning to spell new words in the same context. They can use English or their first language. They can learn to speak with a different accent or they can express themselves in a foreign language. The difference with the Kinephonics® is that it provides a revolutionary learning experience with its patented design and an effective way of generating evidence to report on progress.  



Central to the success of this tool is a mirror device and a video camera which enable this truly integrated sensory learning experience for the development of speech, language and communication skills.

 

Early recognition of the Kinephonics® concept from neuroscientist, Prof. J. Zull, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio sees him describing the literacy mirror tool as 'meshing well with their neurological view of learning that stresses the extensive connections between the senses'. 

p.161 From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education. Zull, 2011.

"The approach uses several cognitive senses - sight, sound, and proprioception (feel of mouth position) and highlights the centrality of vision in human cognition" -  enabling students to visualise spoken symbols in a new way.

 


HOW DID WE DISCOVER THIS?

It's no secret that some people learn more efficiently than others but it's often unclear why this is the case. Are some of us just smarter than others? Do others just have to work harder to get decent results?


Puzzled by the question, Kinephonics® founder Anna Gill searched for the answer in the context of her teaching.


Why was it that some children are perceived to be smart but fail to perform in the classroom?  Why was there a gap? 
Anna extended her search to the world of neurological science. 

 

She investigated how the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills worked together for fluency in reading and success in spelling. Critically, she noted the relationship between phonemic awareness and orthographic mapping, which determines our ability to remember the words that we read and she acknowledged the awareness of the mouth movement as central to this relationship. Look at my Mouth was published in 2005 and Anna continued to investigate how students with learning difficulties would engage with the literacy mirror concept to learn the sounds of the alphabet.  It was at this point that she began to wonder how this experience was changing the neurological pathways. Had new neurological pathways been created as a result of the integration of the senses? How significantly were the learning outcomes being improved?  She could see the potential for tracking evidence of learning with this concept and so Kinephonics.com was built to further this investigation.

 


GETTING RESULTS WITH THE KINEPHONICS® TECHNOLOGY
 

Speech and Language professionals start by hiring a virtual room at Kinephonics.com [Google Chrome] and then they add their own new video files, titled with an outcome ready for clients to use. The client/s are then added to the group from Menu/Manage User. This is when clients can download the app and login with their email address and password or access the technology from their Chrome web browser. Once they have opened their account, they can see the files that the professional has added in preparation for the clients. The clients open the files and record a short video clip of themselves reading a subtitle that they have written. The clients have the opportunity to review the subtitle before recording their clip. This process is repeated until the learning and development outcome is achieved.


The same experience is used to achieve many different learning and development outcomes. 


After a number of sessions using the Kinephonics® software, professionals have reported a remarkable improvement in their clients' ability to read, write, spell and pronounce words. This insight into learning has led us to work with researchers to generate evidence of learning with Kinephonics®. So far we are working with students learning foreign languages, people with learning difficulties, dyslexia and those learning to speak a second language [ESL, EAL/D and Community Languages]. By using the Kinephonics® Speech Centre, everyone has the chance to take their first steps towards improved learning and success, alongside their peers.

 

REGISTER FOR A KINEPHONICS® ROOM TODAY.


"My mission is to make literacy universally accessible (and aspirational)." Kinephonics Founder, Anna Gill, 2017

Contact us info@kinephonics.com for more information about multiple room hire and technology licences.

  • ' The approach uses several cognitive senses – sight, sound and proprioception – and meshes well with our neurological view of learning that stresses the extensive connection between the senses. ' P.161 From Brain to Mind, Professor J. Zull 2011 Case Western University, Cleveland, OHIO, USA

    BIOCHEMIST - NEUROSCIENTIST

  • 'It certainly offers an innovative, entertaining, and attractive way to demonstrate to young children that words are composed of individual sounds, which is an important thing to understand when learning to read.'  McArthur and Coltheart, 2005 Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia about original publication of Kinephonics® concept

    PROFESSOR

  • 'It is just great!! I love it!! It really is so simple, obvious, needed, attractive, precise, just right, etc. etc. You have captured this concept to a tee. The illustrations are great and I like the use of all of them front and back. I especially like your introduction of each word with a simple sentence and including some good adjectives.' Helen Grant, Teacher 40 years, 2005 about original publication of Kinephonics® concept

    TEACHER