Phonemic awareness (PA) training is considered a necessary skill, even a precursor skill, for literacy. PA is one of the foundational literacy skills that has a solid research base. Because of the importance of strong PA, intervention beyond what is taught in regular preschool, elementary school, and special education is indicated. Such intervention is typically provided via expensive 1-1 sessions with a specialist.
The Nemies provides much more cost effective and accessible phonemic awareness intervention through an iPad based app for home use. It features a compelling visual metaphor to represent individual phonemes and phoneme sequencing; audio-visual presentation of isolated phonemes; and sophisticated speech synthesis technology for presentation of blended speech sounds. It comes with logging and graphical reporting capabilities that professionals can use to track progress of the child at home, as well as an extensible target word vocabulary.