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Article Dans Une Revue Human Movement Science Année : 2021

Spatial sonification of letters on tablets to stimulate literacy skills and handwriting in 5 y-o children: A pilot study

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We evaluate the effects of multisensory training on letters, including sonification of graphic symbols. We used “spatial sonification” where letter handwriting movements recorded in a two dimensional plan, vertical and horizontal, are systematically assigned to two acoustic features, spectral composition for the horizontal axis and frequency for the vertical axis. Forty-six kindergarten children were recruited. They were randomly assigned to three multisensory training groups: with sonification (Son) of letters, with a melody unrelated to the shape of the letters (Mel) and without any sound (Sil). We observed a significant effect of training, with the Son group performing better than the other groups in the reading and spelling tasks. We also observed a modification of two kinematic cues (time and in-air time) during handwriting, also in the Son group. We conclude that letter sonification could act as a binder between the visual and auditory dimensions of the letter. The processes underlying this benefit are discussed in the light of the Act-In model, a cognition memory model.

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hal-04117548 , version 1 (05-06-2023)

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Jean Ecalle, Arthur Boisson, Hélène Labat, Rémy Versace, Annie Magnan. Spatial sonification of letters on tablets to stimulate literacy skills and handwriting in 5 y-o children: A pilot study. Human Movement Science, 2021, 79, pp.102844. ⟨10.1016/j.humov.2021.102844⟩. ⟨hal-04117548⟩
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