The common myth about dyslexia is it will be outgrown and eventually the person will be able to cope with this learning difficulties. Therefore, many young adults did not get appropriate intervention during their early age and struggling with this lifetime condition.
Adults with dyslexia are prone to depression and many of them having difficulty steering through their adulthood life including employability, relationship and social stigma. Based on the preliminary study conducted in 2016 and early this year, the ratio of young adults with dyslexia is 1:14.
Sistem Penilaian Kebolehbacaan Teks Bahasa Melayu (SPIKE) and Sistem Saringan Disleksia Bahasa Melayu (DiME) was developed as instruments to assist psychology officer at community colleges in screening their students / patients who are potentially having dyslexia.
DiME offers three main features, which are; dyslexia checklist scores, recorded reading time and reading competency level. In term of technology, DiME has incorporated cloud technology in monitoring users’ usage and engagement with the application. Thus, the cloud feature also provides the researchers with analytics data that is crucial for future scholarly activities such as publications and improvement of related innovation pertaining to people with dyslexia in Malaysia.
SPIKE and DiME has potential commercialization for Medical Institutions, Correctional Facilities and Training Centres nationwide. In particular, DiME is expected to benefit 420,000 educators, 600,000 people with special needs in reading as well as 80 clinical psychologists in Malaysia.
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