"Thank you for your email. Yes I have the trail version downloaded and have to say I love it!
My son is 8 years old and has very limited speech and he is embracing the fact that he can actually use this (so user friendly for all ages) and that he can choose a book to read and is now reading a whole sentence out loud. We even use the StoryMaker to create a weekend/holiday book for him (what he did over the weekend and/or holiday) which he shares with his class on Mondays. It also informs everyone who works with him at his school so they can better understand him when he attempts to tell them what he has been doing.
Just thought I would let you know that it is changing his life for the better"
"I am really enjoying what I can do with your software it is just so useful and the possibilities are endless. The children love matching phrases and I am able to cover a lot of curriculum objectives - even putting the child's learning intentions put into simple phrases for the child to match with pictures in Flashcards. I find that I can easily assess the child's comprehension of basic concepts by making a Flashcards test set which is similar to the DownsEd See and Learn programme or other types of language learning progressions - I can tick the list of concepts known as the child plays the Lotto game. It's brilliant. I can create stories and Lotto games that reflect the child's interests. Thank you so much for developing these programmes."
Rata Street School
"You don't need any computer skills to use Flashcards - within 2 minutes you can make a really meaningful vocabulary exercise. It's so great that N**** can work at his own pace and the programme doesn't time out. Students are actively involved in creating - not sitting waiting for someone to set it all up. There's nothing more reinforcing than a book with meaningful photos to make you want to engage with print. Whether I make stories for the storymaker library or whether I make them with the students, they are a favourite resource that the student can return to independently. T**** only got interested in books and began to develop meaningful literacy skills when he could see and hear books about himself. The other children in the class love doing this with him too. One of the best things is the supportive way this software is written - you don't need to be a computer expert to create really amazing literacy resources that are hugely motivating for students. This is the best literacy based supporting software I've used - and I've been teaching for over 20 years!"
Itinerate Special Education Teacher
"I really enjoyed the course the other day which showed me how this program could be used to encourage and motivate my student to enjoy reading. You guys have developed an amazing program."
Pinehill School, Auckland
"I have found Flashcards and Storymaker valuable tools in working with young children (3-4 year olds) with communication challenges who learn well through visuals and repetition. The [flashcards] programme allows me to personalise targeted words with pictures from his/her environment. The Storymaker programme allows me to capture snapshots of activities that require the child to work through a sequence, such as toileting, snack time at a centre, or building a sandcastle. The child is then able to ‘see themselves’ in the activity. Watching themselves involved in the activity potentially can reduce anxiety around a task / activity. Affordability is an added benefit when suggesting using the software to families."
Early Intervention Teacher
"Your products, professionalism, and customer service are as good as it gets. I use and recommend Flashcards, Kevin Goes to the Zoo and Storymaker regularly. They are software products that allow students with special needs to work on the computer in ways that are purposeful, meaningful and educational. They are straightforward, graphically simple, appealing, repetitive, and customizable. They are also motivating and students LOVE the success that they feel when they use your programs. When I have a question about my product or purchase, you have always responded quickly, kindly, and professionally. I truly value the work that you do and the service that you provide. Thank-you!!"
Shore Educational Collaborative