Multi-Sensory, Tangible Reading System for Children with Dyslexia
Funded by GRAND NCE and McDonnell Foundation
New technologies, such as tangibles and touch tablets with haptic feedback, may provide solutions for helping dyslexic children learn to read. Tangible letters that can be encoded with graphical or haptic information may enable dyslexic children to better decode them. For example, color coding, used by syntheses, may enable reliable 2D decoding. Haptic feedback can be used to encode letters with signature movements. In this project we are exploring these strategies and others. The main research outcome is to determine if any of these strategies improve reading outcomes for dyslexic children.
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- Cramer, E. S., Antle, A. N., & Fan, M. Colouring the path from instruction to practice: perspectives on software for struggling readers. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children(IDC'15), ACM Press. (Medford, MA, USA, June 21-24, 2015).
- Antle, A. N., Fan, M., & Cramer, E. S. PhonoBlocks: A Tangible System for Supporting Dyslexic Children Learning to Read. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI'15), ACM Press, (Stanford, California, USA ,January 15-19, 2015), 533-538.
- Cramer, E. S. (2015). A Code of Many Colours: A Rationale, Validation and Requirements for a Sound-Based Letter Colour-Code that Might Support Some Children with Dyslexia in Spelling Certain Words(Master's Thesis, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada).
Dr. Alissa N. Antle: Project Lead and Concept Design
Dr. Kathleen Akins: Project Lead (Dept. of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University)
Dr.Maureen Hoskyn: Project Lead (Faculty of Education Director, Centre for Research on Early Child Health and Education)
- Min Fan
- Emily Cramer
- Ying Deng