FROG format

Every book in our catalog is available in an accessible e-book format called FROG. Around fifteen built-in reading tools facilitate learning by helping readers more easily decode and understand a text.

Each book includes a variety of options suited to different needs (fonts, highlighted syllables, audio support, definitions, etc.).

Developed in concert with experts in linguistics and cognitive science, our patented format has proven effective, offering users many benefits.

FROG: where it all began

The FROG format (FRee your cOGnition) is based on methods used by speech-language therapists and responds to a growing need among students.

Noticing the scarcity of resources for readers with learning difficulties, the team at MOBiDYS decided to create an interactive e-book that lets readers choose the tools that work best for them.

When the project was launched, young readers served by non-profit associations (APAJH44, APEDYS) tested the books to give their feedback and improve the new format.

Each book in the catalog offers a complete set of reading tools that can be customized to suit readers’ needs.

Fifteen reading tools

Each FROG format book comes with a complete set of reading tools that support three areas of development :

Facilitate decoding


Studies have proven that supporting decoding skills improves fluency among dyslexics and people with varying degrees of reading difficulty.
To help readers decode texts, we offer three fonts (Arial, Times New Roman, and Opendyslexic), more white space in the text to improve legibility, syllabic color-coding, and the possibility to enlarge or reduce font size.

 

Improve attention


It is difficult for people with reading disabilities to concentrate, and that makes reading hard.

We offer several solutions: a reading window to highlight the unit of meaning being read, lines of text in alternating colors, a reading ruler to navigate the text and keep their place, and a color inversion option.

These tools all help readers identify linguistic segments.

Increase comprehension

Decoding (the ability to sound out words)—essential in learning to read—is one of the main challenges for dyslexic children, teens, and adults. Voice-based tools help readers identify sounds and link them with syllables, and vice versa.

Audio circumvents the need to decode writing and gives readers direct access to understanding. The FROG format includes other tools that increase comprehension, including definitions to explain difficult vocabulary words, and highlighted units of meaning.

Tools for decoding

Certain fonts are more accessible or comfortable for readers with learning difficulties.
Studies recommend sans serif fonts like Arial. Other fonts, like Opendyslexic, have been specifically designed for these readers.

Font can be enlarged with a zoom function, making it more approachable and less intimidating.

Syllabic color-coding makes it easier to decode words by dividing them into syllables.

Tools for concentration

The reading window helps readers concentrate on the unit of meaning they must decode without being distracted by other elements on the page.

Line spacing in alternating colors makes reading easier by helping readers focus on the right line.

The reading ruler also helps readers concentrate on a single line of text without getting lost.

Color inversion can also help maintain concentration.

Tools for comprehension

The dictionary tool reformulates complex vocabulary within the context of the text. This tool also helps explain implicit pronouns, which can often be confusing.

The primary aid for children with reading difficulties is audio support. This tool lets children “read with their ears” to access content. All of our books are narrated by human voices.

Dividing the text into rheses, or units of meaning, enables readers to identify linguistic segments.