Grapho Learning International Development

Research summary

Prof. Lyytinen´s research team has developed a science-based, digital learning game to help children to learn to read. The game is based on our 20 years of scientific work in Jyväskylä longitudinal research on dyslexia.

The Grapho Learning International Development project aims to co-create a sustainable model to deliver GraphoGame service to new countries.

In Africa the research group has long term cooperation with many Higher Education Institutions.
Current activities are focused in Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia.

In Latin America the aim is to deliver new GraphoGame versions in Chile, Peru, Brazil and Mexico.


GraphoGame was developed in Finland in the interdisciplinary Agora Human Technology Center of the University of Jyväskylä in collaboration with the Niilo Mäki Institute. It is based on the scientific follow-up study of Finnish children at familial risk for dyslexia from birth to reading age which professor Heikki Lyytinen started in the early 1990´s.

By playing the game, children learn first the basic letters and their sounds. Through a series of levels, they gradually move on to short and increasingly longer words. GraphoGame dynamically adapts the difficulty level to the child’s unique ability level.

Research references and more information can be found from our website.

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Research info

Research title
Grapho Learning International Development

Research timeline
1.4.2012 - 1.11.2014

development digital game dyslexia E-Learning evidence-based learning learning problems Literacy reading


Brazil, Chile, Finland, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Tanzania, United Republic Of, Zambia

University of Jyväskylä
Agora Center
Jyväskylä, Finland

Head of research
Prof Heikki Lyytinen

Research team
Prof. Heikki Lyytinen, Prof. Ulla Richardson, Head of Project Management Mikko Pitkänen, Project Planning Officer Isa Niukkala

Contact information
Mikko Pitkänen
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