Learning words through play

Tactile and digital simultaneously. IDE alumna Helma van Rijn developed a teaching method for children with autism or a language development disorder that works with an app and wooden toys fitted with tags. The toy is called Linkx and consists of interactive tags and a free app for smartphones or tablets. Parents use Linkx to create a relevant learning environment for their child in advance, by speaking words into the app and linking tags to particular objects or places. The child can then go on adventure – discovering tags, listening and playing with words relating to objects or special places. Van Rijn graduated cum laude in 2007 with her initial design of Linkx.

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