Video games help slow learners


A world-first video game solution to help children with learning problems

PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand – March 26, 2013 – Pixelthis announced today the release of a suite of games for iPad, PC and Mac to detect and treat learning problems in children.  The games have been developed for Napier-based auditory processing support specialists, Acoustic Pioneer.

The Acoustic Pioneer tool kit, available at, allows audiologists and other speech and language professionals to assess children for brain-related auditory processing disorders (APD).  The games check to see how well the child’s brain processes auditory information in a variety of situations.  These situations correlate to the classroom and other real-life scenarios.  Auditory processing skills have a profound effect on reading and wider learning skills.

With no software development background himself, Acoustic Pioneer founder Dr. Matthew Barker (AuD) worked closely with Pixelthis to commercialise his idea.  “[Dr. Barker] knew what he wanted as it related to Audiology,” says Peter Vullings, “and we translated that into the actual games and tools that he required to make it reality.”.  Dr. Barker adds “Without the experience and knowledge that Pixelthis brought to the table, I would not have been able to realise my vision.  They have taken my input and turned it in to a set of games and products that work amazingly well.  Pixelthis have made the process simple and enjoyable.”.

Pixelthis have also developed a suite of training games (or ‘auditory exercises’) for Acoustic Pioneer that children play to improve certain aspects of their auditory processes.  The games improve the core processes that effect reading and learning, and therefore the future prospects of the child.

Pixelthis more recent projects include FarmHelp ( an on-farm tutorial app for Android phones aimed at life-stylers and farmhands, RaceMyGhost ( a training app for indoor cyclists for iPads and iPhones, and “Rescue 1: lift off” a helicopter rescue game set in New Zealand where a proportion of proceeds were donated to Auckland’s rescue helicopters.

The Acoustic Pioneer tool set is available now from

About Acoustic Pioneer

Acoustic Pioneer are cutting-edge support specialists for all professionals working in the field of Auditory processing.  They provide simple to use, cutting-edge tools to help professionals get the most information possible about each client in order to make the best possible diagnosis.  For all enquiries, contact

About Pixelthis

Pixelthis develops apps and games for mobile devices and social networks.  They are one of New Zealand’s most experience game studios with over a hand in over 400 projects for more than 100 clients over the past 9 years.  To talk to Pixelthis about your project, contact Peter Vullings at