Learning and Playing with Sounds: The new Kids Sound Lab app
Kids Sound Lab is a new app created by Icelandic speech-language pathologist Bryndís Guðmundsdóttir, which teaches children and adults basic pronunciation and features of English.
Kids Sound Lab was launched at the Culture House in Iceland in late August by Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister for Education, Culture and Science, and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former president of Iceland. The app is designed for parents and professionals whose English is a second language, and who would like to teach children how to pronounce and practice English sounds.
The sounds are presented in the same order children acquire sounds when they are learning to talk, which is not in an alphabetical order. Parents can control the difficulty level and the app gives the option of keeping score of a child's progress.
An Icelandic version of the app is also available, Lærum og leikum með hljóðin (Learning and Playing with Sounds).
The creator Bryndís Guðmundsdóttir is a certified speech pathologist, who was awarded a Special Recognition Award in 2011 from the Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network (GWINN) and Icelandic Innovators Network (KVENN) for her work in speech pathology. The Innovation Centre in Iceland supports the making of Kids Sound Lab.