BALTIMORE, Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ari Fertel, a mom of 5 children (including triplets), couldn't find the right product to help her son improve his reading. She didn't have time to read with him every day and didn't want to pay $75/hour for a tutor. She knew other busy moms trying to keep to a budget in the same situation. After 9 years of research and development she invented Reading Buddy Software.
Reading Buddy Software is speech recognition technology that listens, responds, and teaches as a child reads.
"It's like having a tutor in the computer," says Ari Fertel, Founder and President.
There are many products on the market that read to children, but Reading Buddy Software is the first retail product that listens to a child read, detects errors, and gives on-the-spot help.
"The idea seemed obvious to me," Ari explains. "Use the same technology as Apple's Siri to tutor kids to read. Instead of $75/hour and stuck at Sylvan Learning, I'm home or working while my kid is tutored on the computer. Reading Buddy Software saves moms time and money—something we all need more of."
Reading Buddy Software also saves the parent-child relationship. Kids get angry when parents correct their reading. Parents get impatient. Reading Buddy Software gives parents the opportunity to delegate the task.
Reading Buddy Software threatens to disrupt the $7 billion tutoring industry, currently dominated by Kumon Reading Centers, Lindamood-Bell, Huntington Learning Centers, Sylvan Tutoring, and thousands of private tutors. For the cost of 1 tutoring session, Reading Buddy Software provides the entire family with 24/7 on-demand tutoring for a month.
Reading Buddy Software's patented Fluency Scoring Interactive Technology™ is powered by EduSpeak, speech recognition technology licensed from SRI International (Apple's product Siri came from SRI). It requires a microphone headset, which is included with purchase.
Reading Buddy Software will be available on November 5. It can be purchased and downloaded at www.ReadingBuddySoftware.com
ABOUT READING BUDDY SOFTWARE
Reading Buddy Software uses the attraction of technology and gaming to hook children into reading practice that improves their fluency and comprehension. Reading Buddy Software's methodology is consistent with the findings of the National Reading Panel.
ABOUT ARI FERTEL
Reading Buddy Software is a result of one mom's journey to improve her child's reading, turned into a professional opportunity to help others. Ari Fertel is the Founder & President of Reading Buddy Software and the author of the free e-report "How to Transform Your Child's Reading." She is also a reading specialist trained using the Wilson Reading System, based on Orton Gillingham.
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SOURCE Ari Fertel