Indiana mother looks to kickstart dyslexia app
An Indiana mother is on a mission to help her son overcome dyslexia, and she's looking to Kickstarter so she can help as many kids as possible.
Kris Parmelee's son was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade. After her initial reaction of denial and fear, she turned to many different techniques and therapies, along with working with her son's teachers.
Kris noticed that her son's school was lacking in assistive technology, and that's when DCODIA was born.
DCODIA is an assistive technology app specifically designed to meet the needs of children with dyslexia at home, in the classroom and in the community. When a student comes across a word they can't decode, they simply scan the word or sentence with their mobile device or tablet and the DCODIA app "reads" the word back to them. The app aims to help students with dyslexia read without the assistance of a tutor, parent or teacher.
"Necessity is the mother of invention and I am the mother of a child with dyslexia," she said.
DCODIA also includes a unique feature which tracks each word or sentence the user selects. Statistics can then be assembled into reports for viewing online or exporting and emailing to parents, teachers and tutors. This feature will equip the student's support team with the information needed to identify patterns, sounds, rules and word structures that students are struggling to decode. This makes tutoring and school based support more effective and efficient.
Kris and her tech partners have launched an ambitious kickstarter campaign to put DCODIA into the beta testing phase and potentially help the upwards of 20 percent of school-aged children diagnosed with dyslexia in the U.S.
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