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Alemira School user studies: How effective is Orthograph?

14 Nov, 2022

Alemira School’s Orthograph was developed in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The principles behind the software came from neuroscience and computer science. An essential part of the development process was rigorous user testing: how well did the software actually work? Did Orthograph really help improve spelling and reading?

First Case Study

The first study on Alemira School was published in 2007. Eighty children between the ages of nine and eleven took part in the study, led by neuropsychologists Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke and Prof. M. Meyer. The participants included both children with dyslexia and children without.

Chart showing how children with dyslexia reduced their spelling errors after using Orthograph

The study found that children with dyslexia made 33% fewer errors in spelling after three months of training with Orthograph. The reduction in errors for children not using the software lay at just 6% for the same period. You can read the study in detail here: Study on the efficacy of Alemira School.

Second Case Study

Another user study was conducted by the University of Zurich. The study was done by the university’s Department of Computer Science and included 67 participants with and without dyslexia.

Chart showing how errors made by dyslexics in mapping sounds to letters decreased over the time they used Orthograph.

This study focused on whether practicing with Orthograph could help dyslexics improve their phonological understanding. The longer they used the software, the fewer errors the participants made when mapping sounds to letters. Further details of this study are available online: Second user study on Alemira School.

Conduct Your Own Test

The studies above reflect the generally positive results of studies done on Alemira School at universities and in schools. Why not try the software for yourself? Click here to download a free trial version of Orthograph. Be sure to let us know your results! We’d be happy to hear about your experience with the software, so just drop us a line or leave a comment below.

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