Developed from five years of research, working in conjunction with experts
In developing the Start-Bee handwriting method, Melanie has spent five years examining and evaluating methods of handwriting instruction that have been used over the past hundred years, as well as working with the very top educators and handwriting experts in the world. Experts like Dr Rosemary Sassoon who was the very first Doctor of Handwriting and Letterforms and whose ‘Sassoon script’ is the only letterform that has been proven to aid reading. This has enabled Melanie to develop a very informed understanding of what works and what doesn’t when teaching children how to write and to create a method that has been subsequently refined and finessed through primary school trials.
Here’s more about some of the experts Start-Bee has worked with.
Dr Christian Boer is a graphic designer and graduate of the Utrecht Art Academy where, in his final year, he first developed the Dyslexie typeface. A dyslexic himself, Boer set out to create a font that would make reading a less arduous task. After completion, the revolutionary font immediately caused quite a stir amongst the dyslexic community and in the international media. Since winning the prestigious Smart Future Minds Award in 2011, Scientific American, Euronews and Springwise to name but a few have talked about Boer’s invention. In 2011 Dyslexie font won first prize at the Smart Urban Stage in Amsterdam, as well as being one of the most talked-about presentation at TEDx Dubai. Boer and his Dyslexie font continue to attract recognition and praise including, most recently, an invitation to deliver a TED talk on 20th September 2015.
Denise Meissner has been a qualified Occupational Therapist for 25 years and is a mum to two boys one of whom, Adam, suffers from autism. Meissner created her QCharm Portable Visual and Cue System to help improve communication between parent and autistic child. The QCharm consists of flat surfaced charms, containing Boardmaker images as visual cues, which are then clipped to a silicone band worn on the wrist of the child. The charms fit securely but can be slid along the band, allowing for the adult to show the child which activities have been completed. By visually representing each daily activity with familiar cues, the QCharm enables carers, educators, therapists, family and friends to provide structure for the child who now has something familiar to reference within a less familiar setting. The QCharm is being used in the USA, Canada and Australia and has attracted many fans including a Director of the Autism Society of America.