Rabbitohs help launch iPad App at RIDBC

02/09/11
Fetuli Talanoa and Matt Mundine with Diya and ManasaSouth Sydney Rabbitohs Fetuli Talanoa and Matt Mundine with Diya and Manasa at RIDBC

Three South Sydney Rabbitohs have helped to launch the first in a series of educational apps for iPhone and iPad, Old Macdonald, developed by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

Rabbitohs players Fetuli Talanoa, Matt Mundine and Kane Morgan, worked with three RIDBC students, Diya, Manasa and Elijah, to navigate the application for the first time.

“It was really great to see the children having fun with the app and recording their own voices to make animal sounds. It was clear how it was helping them to develop their speech and language,” said South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Kane Morgan.

“I was really impressed with how well they were able to speak with us. You wouldn’t have known they had a hearing impairment.”

Old Macdonald is the first in a series of six applications developed by RIDBC for use on an iPhone or iPad. It is aimed at helping children - including those who are deaf or hearing impaired - to develop their listening and language skills.

Based around popular nursery rhymes the apps offer sing-a-long music and interactive games aimed at reinforcing a child’s listening and language skills. Instructional content also provides parents with techniques and strategies to assist them in fostering these important skills.

“Quality early intervention in the first years of a child’s life is critical as it greatly improves outcomes in language development. With a dedicated family and the right technology, children who have a hearing loss can achieve their full potential,” said RIDBC Chief Executive Chris Rehn.

“The fantastic thing about the application being launched today, and the series of apps that are to follow, is that they are suitable for all children - regardless of whether or not they have impaired hearing. While children with impaired hearing face particular challenges in developing their speech and language, all children require attention in this area so that they can achieve their best in life.”

Click here to download the RIDBC iPhone and iPad Old MacDonald application

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support to over 1000 children with significant hearing or vision impairment and their families across Australia. RIDBC also provides vision and hearing screening to thousands more babies and children each year.

RIDBC is a charity and relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children’s lives.