Millie Moreorless is an innovative iPad game which aims to boost children with Down Syndrome’s basic number skills, to help them become more independent as adults.
Currently, there are an estimated 13,000 children between five and 16 living with Down’s Syndrome in the UK. Many are not properly supported to learn maths – which means they will be disadvantaged when taking on daily tasks independently when they’re older, such as checking household bills.
Learning through play
Millie Moreorless is as fun and engaging as any other tablet or mobile game for children. However, it’s been developed by app designers Enabling Play, alongside a volunteer pool of children both with and without Down’s Syndrome, to help players develop their skills in the all-important concept of ‘magnitude’ which investigates our ability to work out when one number is bigger or smaller than another.
Some scientists believe it’s the basis of all basic maths. And by passing on the necessary number skills to children in a playful, easy-to-learn way, the game grants them the chance to master the everyday numerical challenges they’ll face as adults. Nominet Trust’s funding will support the next stage of the game’s development.
Enabling Play has been approved for funding from Nominet Trust. Funding is subject to successfully completing our project initiation process.