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Father creates app to help his daughter to read

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-07-06 22:15

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Created with the help of FundedApps, Share My ABCs allows children to trace letters and shapes and write words, as well as sharing them with loved ones. It features pictures of animals to represent upper and lower case letters and an option to write the whole name of the animal. It also allows a word and message to be traced in different colours, and what was written by the child could be saved by the adult on to a E-card to send to relatives.

Iris was just two when she fell ill on a family holiday in Borneo and was rushed to hospital in the UK. Her brain functions were badly affected by the 48 weeks of radiotherapy treatment she was given at Great Ormond's Street Children's Hospital, to fight the tumour. The child was bed-bound, unable to attend nursery and was temporarily paraylsed down her right hand side.

Doctors said Iris's executive function - which controls processes such as memory, attention, mental flexibility and monitoring of actions - had been damaged. Sean and his wife Debra, a veterinary surgeon, were told she could suffer long-term brain damage with a 30-point drop in her IQ.

Sean wanted to make his daughter's stay in hospital as comfortable as possible and he was so worried about Iris falling behind as a result of the tumour that he invested in an iPad so she could play on the educational apps. But he soon became frustrated with the lack of suitable programs available on the market and decided to take matters into his own hands.

The father-of-two set about creating Share My ABCs, to not only help Iris learn to write but to share her progress with her grandparents in New Zealand.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2wMyHz4

More info: http://www.theiphonemom.com/share-my-abcs/

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Sean Connolly, from UK, created Share My ABCs, an app to help his daughter learn to write while she was in hospital with a brain tumour.

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