How to Treat Dyslexia in Our Children, Questions and Answers

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1. What is the design inquiry/problem are you addressing?

To develop better ways for dyslexic children to concentrate and memorize .

2. How does technology factor in with your design problem?

Children spend more time infront an ipad than a paperbook. An ipad allows them to interact with it at his or her own pace.

Additionally, Technology allows dyslexics to overcome difficulties with math and spellings.

3. Is your project’s concept original? If so, how is it original?

• If the concept is not original, what has been done before?

Multiple tools have been designed to help children cope with learning disabilities. Unfortunately, they are designed to support children academically with math ,spelling and reading. One such tool asks a child to differentiate between: book OR dook. Using this technique a dyslexic may learn but they tend to loose interest quickly.

I would like to help them memorize and concentrate better, this will then help them read and learn more efficiently. Many Dyslexics tend to write a “b” as a “d” or vice verse, that is because they see a sequence in words or sentences scrambled. Their visual and phonetic memory is extremely weak and results in reading deficits. Studies by researchers from the University of Padua in Italy1 show that action driven interactive games and learning methods to help them improve their visual memory.

4. Is there a need and/or niche for this design concept? Explain…

Yes, This design will help children with dyslexia memorize and concentrate better. Children will take pleasure in this process as they learn.

5. Who is your determined audience?

Dyslexics between the age of 7 to 12 years

6. How will your design be of value to this audience?

It will

– help them improve their learning skills innovatively

– Increase their confidence

– teach them to benefit from their disabilities

– allow them to learn at their own pace

7. How will your project contribute to the design field in a meaningful way? How will it contribute to society?

It will set a foundation for visual learning. Dyslexics will be recognize their assets and use them to their advantage.

8. How practical is your design problem (Is it within your ability to realize it)?

It is a problem with a practical solution. Although, it may not be 100% successful in changing the lives of dyslexics they will definately benefit from it.

• What design theories and methodologies are you comfortable with now?
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