Recognizing the sounds around us is the first step humans take to develop reading skills. Children who are at risk of dyslexia have a weakness in differentiating between sounds that make up our language. Testing for phonological awareness, a crucial part of reading development, can aid in detecting dyslexia. English speaking children have the luxury of being able to access varied programs designed to promote phonological awareness, knowledge of which, in turn, can assist as an early intervention instrument for dyslexia. In Saudi Arabia there are no programs that exist to detect dyslexia in children at an early age. The current lack of such programs in Arabic encouraged me to design an application to serve Arabic-speaking preschool children who may be at risk of dyslexia. Therefore, the focus of my thesis is to:
Help promote reading skills for children in Saudi Arabia by designing a variety of games that stimulate listening and hearing skills.
Select appropriate words and phrases that will appeal to Arabic preschoolers who are at risk of dyslexia.
Define and illustrate an appropriate visual style for Arabic children aged 4-6 years who are at risk for dyslexia.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Reading--Phonetic method--Interactive multimedia--Design; Arabic language--Study and teaching (Early childhood)--Interactive multimedia--Design; Dyslexic children--Education--Interactive multimedia--Design
Visual Communication Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Alyaba, Manal, "I'm Listening with Dabdoop: A Phonological Stimulation App for Arabic Preschoolers" (2014). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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