WordDriver-1 is a web app developed by Toni & Rob Seiler from ELR Software for Toni's PhD research entitled "The effectiveness of a computer-supported intervention targeting phonological recoding and orthographic processing for children with word reading impairment" (Curtin University thesis, 2015). Toni's PhD supervisors and co-authors on papers published from this project are A/Prof Suze Leitao (School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work & Speech Pathology) and Dr Mara Blosfelds (School of Psychology), Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia.

The project delivered an intervention which targeted key skills in the early stages of reading acquisition which have been shown to be impaired in most children with reading impairment. This intervention has the potential to be an efficient evidence-based component of reading interventions for children with severe and persistent word reading delay, as initial evaluations (Seiler et al, 2019) suggest that 15 x 20 minutes sessions using WordDriver-1 resulted in significant gains in decoding skills for children (aged 7-8 years) who had not responded to previous reading interventions.

A functional prototype of WordDriver-1 is being made available without charge for clinicians and other researchers to examine and perhaps integrate into their own projects. We would appreciate feedback and discussion about any aspects of WordDriver and this project - please email

The WordDriver-1 web app has six modules:

All items are presented from easiest to hardest according to orthotactic probability. Within each intervention module the items are automatically presented while the instructor plays a key role in providing corrective feedback about decoding accuracy. All activity within each module (eg, presented items, response accuracy, response times) are logged for each user.

Free WordDriver access:

WordDriver will run in any "modern" browser on computers and tablets. On computers, it's usually advisable to operate in "full screen" mode (eg press F11). The "Loader module" starts first and allows you to make selections for a User "number plate" (ie ID) and "driver licence" (ie required module/level). You then click the "Number plate" button to begin a corresponding "Driver" session.

Two, free public acces modes are available. Anyone may use the "Unregistered" mode which has only 2 predefined "number plates" ("ABC123" and "XYZ789"). The "Registered" mode is most suitable if you wish to use WordDriver for your research or teaching, and requires that you have arranged with the authors for your own set of "number plates".

Supporting documents:

  1. Summary of Thesis (PDF) by Toni Seiler describing the WordDriver research project
  2. Link to Download Thesis by Dr. Toni Seiler from the Curtin University institutional repository
  3. Research Report International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders (2019)
  4. Preliminary Study (PDF) Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology (2013)
  5. Unpublished Paper (PDF) describing WordDriver-1 design and development
  6. Short video clips showing WordDriver in use

Using WordDriver for Teletherapy:

WordDriver for Coviu

Last updated: Jan 22, 2020

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