TraceIt: An Air Tracing Reading Tool for Children with Dyslexia

  • Tiara Tzyy Li Teh
  • Kher Hui NgEmail author
  • Behrang Parhizkar
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9429)


In this paper, we explore how assistive technology can be used to support the learning development of children with dyslexia. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. Existing strategies employed to help dyslexic children to read include multi-sensory methods such as tracing letters in the air. New technologies could help them learn by utilising all senses. In this paper, we present TraceIt, an interactive learning tool to teach children with dyslexia how to read through multi-sensory methods to include visual, auditory and kinaesthetic movement. Building upon prior work on tangible interaction, it allows students to air trace alphabets using physical objects of a specific colour to interact with the reading program. Based on evaluations conducted at the Dyslexia Association of Malaysia, this paper contributes towards understanding the opportunities as well as challenges involved in applying such interaction technique to support the learning development of children with dyslexia.


Dyslexia Children Tangible user interface Assistive technology Learning tool 



We would like to thank Pn. Sariah bt. Amirin for allowing us to conduct the evaluation study at the Dyslexia Association Malaysia and supporting this research project with constructive feedbacks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tiara Tzyy Li Teh
    • 1
  • Kher Hui Ng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Behrang Parhizkar
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of Nottingham Malaysia CampusSemenyihMalaysia

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