"Soundtoy" is a multi-sensory training game designed to assist hard of hearing children in their journey to auditory rehabilitation. With focus on spatial perception, an essential element of hearing, we are developing a technical set-up that is comprised of four small, wooden speakers and an iPad app. The app is a host platform of multiple modules of games. In collaboration with artists and scientists, we combine storytelling and inspiring visual styles to design fun and enjoyable training experiences.
Taking play as the foundation and with a multimodal approach to engage the aural, visual, haptic, and kinesthetic senses, Soundtoy aims to foster cross-modal learning, attention and motivation in the learners. The interventions that Soundtoy brings to the hard of hearing children, whose need for support goes so often unfulfilled, is uniquely made possible through interdisciplinary research across art, technology, and science. ‘Scurry Along’ is a hide and seek game that trains players’ ability to listen to sounds spatially distributed through 4 wireless speakers.