University of Jyväskylä

Finnish dyslexia intervention game to be commercialised globally

Father and Child playing GraphoGameLearning Intelligence Group Oy (LIG) has reached an agreement with the University of Jyväskylä and Niilo Mäki Foundation to purchase their scientifically studied early literacy and dyslexia intervention game, GraphoGame. LIG is a Helsinki-based education technology business development company focused on supporting companies building AI-powered learning solutions.

”We are delighted to be working so closely with the research community in implementing years of their research for the benefit of millions of children,” says founder and Managing Director of Learning Intelligence Group, Vesa Perälä, ”GraphoGame is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between research and business while ensuring children and teachers are offered an intuitive, beautiful and evidence-based early literacy training experience,” he continues.

The mobile and desktop-enabled game focuses on teaching children letter and letter-sound combinations using a studied methodology and adaptive content that adjusts difficulty to the gamer’s skill level, all the while providing teachers and parents with analytics of their child’s learning.

GraphoGame mobileGraphoGame is the result of a two decades long study of dyslexia and early literacy by the University of Jyväskylä and Niilo Mäki Foundation in collaboration with academics in organisations such as University of Cambridge, Lund University and University of Zürich.
“We are very excited to have our new commercial partners on board, and we look forward to working together in combating dyslexia and illiteracy around the world,” says the lead scientist behind GraphoGame, Professor Ulla Richardson of University of Jyväskylä. Her colleague, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Literacy for All Heikki Lyytinen of University of Jyväskylä, adds: “Now that we know there is a channel through which children around the world can be supported in their learning, it will motivate researchers to extend the service to as many countries as possible.”

The University of Jyväskylä and its academic partners will continue their research around the early literacy and dyslexia intervention game. The new independent GraphoGame company will first launch the most developed language versions, namely British English, French and Portuguese.

The original Finnish version of GraphoGame, Ekapeli, will remain under Niilo Mäki Foundation and will continue to be available for all Finnish children via the www.lukimat.fi -service.

Further Information:

University of Jyväskylä, Dr. Riikka Reitzer, IPR Senior Advisor, reitzer@jyu.fi+358 40 8225358

Niilo Mäki Foundation, Dr. Juha-Matti Latvala, Executive Director, juha-matti.latvala@nmi.fi,  +358 50 441 4043

 Learning Intelligence Group Oy, Vesa Perälä, Managing Director,  Vesa@lig.ai+358 40 586 0863