Reading with TLC Creates Research-Based Phonics App with Spanish Translations

BOSTON, June 14, 2017 — Reading with TLC, a leading provider of literacy-based materials and professional development with more than 27 years of educational publishing and training experience, has recently released a new mobile app that was ranked #1 of all paid educational apps on the App Store after its launch in May 2017. Incorporating proven strategies from the internationally renowned

Lively Letters reading program, the app develops phonemic awareness, reading, spelling and speech skills. Reading with TLC has helped more than 15 million students and over 75,000 educators worldwide with programs aimed at students in general education Pre-K through grade 2 classrooms, as well as learners of all ages who have reading and learning challenges, including those with dyslexia or speech language disorders and those learning English as a second language.

“One of our biggest challenges over the last several years has been fulfilling the exploding demand for our product,” said Nancy Alemian Telian, a nationally recognized speech and language pathologist and Reading with TLC’s Co-founding principal. “Delivering the Lively Letters program via mobile devices will simply get the power of our program into more schools and more students’ hands.” In 1990, along with her sister, Penny Alemian Castagnozzi, author, elementary educator, and Co-founder of Reading with TLC, Telian began creating the Lively Letters arsenal of learning tools which tie in mouth cues, humorous stories, pictures, hand movements and music to help students better develop their phonemic awareness and phonics skills. In 1993, they also began offering professional development to help educators improve literacy skills.

The Lively Letters – Phonemic Awareness and Phonics app for iPad offers robust and adaptive functionality with an intuitive user interface – all based on the company’s proven reading program. “Mobile learning is much more just than making flash cards available on a mobile phone or tablet,” said Castagnozzi. “To truly succeed, we realized we needed to raise the bar on educational apps and link proven, research-based strategies with high engagement activities, while also ensuring that students – along with parents and educators – are having fun. There are thousands of educational apps out there, but what makes ours stand out among the rest is that it not only practices and tests reading skills, but actually introduces letter sounds with music, imagery, and recorded stories in English and Spanish.”  The Lively Letters app not only teaches letter sounds and speech production, but also through word play activities, builds phonemic awareness and phonics skills, which are proven to be essential for reading and spelling development.

About Reading with TLC
Reading with TLC, recognized internationally as a leading authority in the area of literacy, has provided cutting-edge, research-based methods that have been changing lives since 1990. Their uniquely creative and intersensory techniques from the Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See programs are heralded by school administrators, university professors, educators, clinicians and parents who have consistently witnessed dramatic gains in short amounts of time. Known throughout the educational industry for their cost-effective, and sometimes free, professional development, Reading with TLC offers full training Lively Letters webinars and seminars sharing effective strategies for quickly closing achievement gaps. They now also offer free webinars on best practices for using the app. More information about the app can be found at For more information about materials and professional development, visit, and follow the company on twitter, facebook and instagram.

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Mary Morris                                           
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