Whether we, a loved one or a stranger suffers from it, mental illness truly affects our well-being personally and as a society. Children often suffer from disorders and illnesses they cannot control, as some of these issues are overlooked by parents, teachers, and peers. A parent can believe their child is perfect or deny that anything can be wrong with them, keeping them from receiving proper diagnoses or treatments.
Spaced out is an interactive game that tests a user’s literacy skills and is a preliminary diagnostic tool to determine if the user may or may not have dyslexia, the most common learning disability. Children with this illness have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing. In this game, the user’s literary skills are being tested to determine whether further testing is warranted. Level of difficulty is based on their age and grade level and is targeted to children through grade levels 1–8.
The design choices of this project were made to keep users excited, encouraged, and determined to complete the assessment. This game is meant to be downloaded and played on a desktop or tablet screen that allows for high-detailed flat-graphics, animations, and questions to answer.