MDA Avaz Reader for Dyslexia is a reading app for individuals with Dyslexia. This app has been built by the creators of Avaz App, the award-winning AAC app for individuals with speech disabilities, in collaboration with the Madras Dyslexia Association.
The MDA Avaz Reader for Dyslexia is based on 20+ years of research carried out by the reputed Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA). The app provides research-based support and hints to enable individuals with dyslexia to read independently. The app works on text found in the real world, doing away with the need for digital texts from PDFs and websites. The app brings together several proven reading strategies to enable Dyslexics to read independently. A clean, distraction-free interface packed with rich features makes the app an essential tool to be used in tandem with other strategies for Dyslexia.
WHY USE MDA AVAZ READER
Th app is simple and straightforward to use. All features are easy to understand. The app and all its components are designed to enable your child to become a confident and independent reader with consistent use over time.
EASY TO CUSTOMIZE
The app can be customized according to your child’s requirements. Voice Speed and Font Size can be increased or decreased as per needs. Multiple voice outputs and colors are available. You can also enable or disable different features as per the learning curve of your child.
INITIATES SIGHT READING
The high-quality text to speech Auto-Read feature reads the text out loud as the child follows the text in the book. Choose from a variety of voice outputs and select a familiar voice. Text being read out is highlighted simultaneously. By initiating sight reading, this feature aids in overcoming reading difficulties by facilitating grapheme-phoneme conversion. This also stimulates orthographic mapping.
The Pencil icon on the app screen can be dragged with the help of a finger. It can be used to point to the current word of the text. With this, the child can track the words they are reading very effectively. While aiding hand-eye coordination, this feature also lowers convergence difficulties. A red underline is used to mark words already read to avoid rereading the same text. An indicator shows the next word to be read. The pointer can be easily repositioned by double-tapping the new word.
PROMOTES STRESS-FREE READING
The Multiple Reader View helps take the anxiety out of reading a large piece of text by giving the user the option of taking up one part of the text at a time. There are three different reader views on the app -
The Page View shows the entire page to the user.
Sentence View shows only one sentence at a time.
Word View shows just one word.
The user can also tap on a word to enter word mode, double-tap on a sentence to enter sentence mode, drag their finger along the page image to see a moving highlight that automatically triggers finger-reading mode, pinch-zoom to zoom in on a particular part of the page or zoom out.
HINTS TO ENCOURAGE READING
When the user finds it difficult to read a particular word, they can tap the Hint icon. This ensures that the child is not discouraged by a new or seemingly difficult word. Additionally, the use of Hints will also stimulate phonemic and conceptual understanding. A variety of Hints are available on app. These include -
Rhyming words and images.
Word Family hints.
Hints for starting, middle and end blends.
BUILD COMPREHENSION SKILLS
The Build feature helps in parsing the sentences in the text and focusing on the smaller syntactic units. When Building, the app shows the text one sentence at a time. Tapping the “Build More” button gradually builds up the sentence. This enables children to comprehend the text more effectively.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.