Celebrate the diversity of young minds! At Lingokids, we believe that every child is unique—each with their own set of strengths and challenges. For this reason, we are excited to announce the launch of our new “Neurodiverse Content” category in the “Explore” section of the app. As of now, this section of the app includes educational games for students with diverse needs.
The games, songs, and activities in this section of the app have been curated by top experts in each category.
What is neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity is a term that recognizes the diversity of human brains and minds. This term acknowledges that everyone’s brain is different and that these differences should be respected and celebrated. We are proud to embrace this concept, and we know that many of our young learners will benefit from the inclusive content we’ve created.
The “Neurodiverse” category currently features content for five specific conditions.
These conditions include:
- Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Educational games for neurodiverse children
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Autism Spectrum Conditions are a group of neurodevelopmental conditions that affect social communication and interaction. In addition, it includes repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Our content is tailored to help children on the autism spectrum develop important social skills and learn to recognize emotions and practice daily routines.
When it comes to supporting children on the autism spectrum, the experts found that concrete activities work best. The activities in this category are appropriate for several age and impairment levels.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Our content focuses on helping children with ADHD improve their focus and attention, develop self-regulation skills, and improve memory retention in other areas of their lives.
For this category, the experts noted that anything involving movement is a good strategy for working with children with ADHD. In addition, dynamic and fast-paced videos can also support these learners.
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Dyslexia is a neurodiverse condition that affects reading, writing, and spelling. Activities in the Lingokids app can support children with dyslexia to develop reading and writing skills at their own pace and in a supportive, understanding environment.
Dysgraphia is a neurodiverse condition that affects writing, handwriting, and organization. Our content is designed to help children with dysgraphia improve their handwriting skills.
Our team of experts found that activities combining lower and upper case letters help children establish a correlation between them. Another type of game that works well for these learners is activities that allow learning print writing.
Dyscalculia is a neurodiverse condition that affects understanding and working with numbers. Our content is tailored to help children with dyscalculia improve their math skills and understand mathematical concepts. Plus, it can help children feel confident in working with numbers.
The team of experts found that the activities in this category can help develop skills in counting, number writing, and recognition, as well as more complex functions such as addition and subtraction.
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Note: After reviewing parent feedback, we have changed certain terms and phrases in this article and in the in-app “Neurodiverse Content” category. We appreciate parent perspective and welcome any questions here.
While I’m happy to see some inclusivity here, you all went about it the wrong way and should have consulted someone that is actually neurodivergent..as they are the actual experts here. My son is an autistic 7 year old and can read. I don’t appreciate the fact that he will now be able to navigate to areas broken down by “levels” which is outdated terminology that I don’t want him to be aware of. No neurodivergent person is alike and have spiky skill sets which means levels are completely moot. Neurodiverse is a group of people that includes both neurotypical and neurodivergent people…I think you meant only to use the term neurodivergent. “Special needs” is also offensive. You all really dropped the ball here.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comment. It is through such comments that we can work to improve our platform. Although, during the development and creation of this new section, we consulted with registered doctors, adults with autism, and parents of neurodivergent children, the more input we receive, the more we can ensure that our language and activities are structured in a way that feels comfortable to as many as possible.
We recognize that there are splinter skills in various areas for neurodiverse and neurotypical children and have changed the phrasing of the category title. We are working to integrate your and other parent suggestions as soon as possible and have met with our designers to start the process of improving the wording as well as the leveling system. We look forward to shifting the words to reflect the uniqueness and diversity of children with neurodiversity. Also, we are working on systems to ensure every child engages in activities appropriate for their unique profile. In this way, we hope to be able to help each child optimize their potential. Every child on the autism spectrum is different, and we strive to find a way to cater to each of them. The levels were guided by the latest diagnostic statistical manual released in 2022 with the intention of attending more specifically to differences in communication, socialization, self-care, academic skills, etc. In order to avoid frustration for children interacting with activities that were too difficult and in an effort to avoid boredom for children interacting with activities that were too easy, it sounds like we can rethink the way in which children are placed into activities that are ideal for them. We are in the process of doing so and appreciate your feedback.
If you have any additional perspectives on how we can improve, please feel free to contact us here.
The Lingokids Team