Tool Factory Introduces b/d Letter Olympics for Dyslexia
July 31, 2006- Tool Factory
has just launched a new reading program for students having difficulties
distinguishing between the letters “b” and “d”. With a compelling
sports theme, the B/D Letter Olympics lets students hurdle
their way to reading comprehension, golf their way through dyslexia,
and win all 6 Olympic events to become a fluent reader!
B/D Letter Olympics teaches young readers visual
discrimination of the letters “b” and “d”, and reinforces this with
letter writing activities and auditory stimulation.
Events include tennis,
bowling, skiing, hurdling, racecar driving, and golf. Preceding each
athletic event students will participate in a letter formation task. This task asks students to trace the target
letter by clicking on blocks that compose the letter, in the appropriate
order. While “tracing”, an
auditory reinforcement will repeatedly pronounce the sound that composes
the target letter. Next, learn
to distinguish between the target letter and its opposition while
participating in each Olympic event. Earn reward rounds for additional
opportunities to score points. The
Olympic sports announcer directs students through each event then
gives a score upon completion. Begin with activities distinguishing between
just the letter b and d, and then progress towards harder tasks such
as mixed double letter identification.
B/D Letter Olympics is a wonderful program for students
with dyslexia in need of additional resources.
The activities target:
- Visual motor skills.
- Visual discrimination.
- Figure ground skills.
- Spatial awareness.
options allow educators to assign skill level settings to individual
students and create tailored assignments.
Extensive sound controls allow teachers to turn off reward
sounds or auditory letter sound reinforcement.
Accessibility settings allow for use with a switch, and text
can be displayed in blue-on-yellow or yellow-on-blue settings, making
reading easier for students with dyslexia.
Student records not only reveal the students scores on each Olympic
event, but also the duration of play and printable visual records
of each letter chosen incorrectly.
The program also comes with 35 printable PDF worksheets for
practice outside of the classroom, and additional clip art so that
teachers can create their own worksheets.
Fun activities and printable certificates of achievement will
have your students begging for more time at the B/D Letter
Where to Buy
Olympics is available from
Tool Factory’s website or by purchase order.
Tool Factory Inc., 3336 Sunderland Hill Road, Sunderland,
To Order: (800) 220-8386 Fax PO to: (802) 375-6860
Grades K-2, Inclusive
Platform: PC/MacX/Hybrid/Networkable/Linux/Switch Accessible
Item #: 20107
Single: $69.95 Unlimited Network Site License: $529.95
ABOUT TOOL FACTORY
Tool Factory is a woman-owned, Vermont-based business
with the goal to make a difference in US education by providing superior
educational software. The catalog offers over 150 titles, including a suite of digital imaging
products designed to maximize the use of digital imaging in the classroom.
Teachers, students, and parents
join the Tool Factory staff in testing products to ensure that they
are easy to navigate, fun to use, and beneficial to the learning process.
Tool Factory is now combining many of the special education and mainstream
products to better serve the inclusion classroom.
Media Contact: Jennifer Sweeney
Tool Factory Inc., 3336
Sunderland Hill Road, Sunderland,
Telephone: (802) 375-6549 Ext. 201 Fax: (802) 375-6860
Email Address: Jennifer@toolfactory.com