Rapping dyslexia : learning rhythm, rhyme and flow in dyslectic children

M. Tittarelli, P. Marti, D. Peppoloni

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    The paper presents a design case that draws inspiration from rap music as a way to tell stories rhythmically, with simple instruments for accompaniment. Rhythm, rhymes and flow are key features of rap music. In this study, we attempted to apply rap principles and dynamics to a very specific field of application: the treatment of dyslexia. Our hypothesis is that fast, fun, bodily music could compensate the cognitive treatment usually used in dyslexia therapy, and avoid the need for children to engage in abstract cognitive exercises that are often frustrating and result in a lack of motivation. The paper describes the incremental prototyping process carried out to design the activity and the musical instruments used to experiment with rap music in therapeutic sessions. In particular, we designed a DJ console and a beat amplifier made of reused cardboard, wearable sensors and open-source software. Rapid prototyping and rapid re-adaptation of the system's material and technological components allowed us not only to fine-tune the tools but also to generate new knowledge about the behaviour of people with dyslexia and raise new questions for study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational (NordCHI'14, Helsinki, Finland, October 26-30, 2014)
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2542-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 14 Oct 201217 Oct 2012
    Conference number: 7


    Conference7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2012
    Abbreviated titleNordiCHI 2012
    Other2nd International Workshop on the Interplay Between User Experience Evaluation and Software Development, I-UxSED 2012 - In Conjunction with the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2012


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