Data collected this week at a Wodonga camp will go towards developing an assessment app for dyslexia using artificial intelligence.
About 22 children attending the MSL Club Australia event at St Augustine's Primary School wrote down text and read aloud words as part of research conducted by software company Dystech.
Dystech chief executive and co-founder Hugo Richard said the information would be added to a larger data base, which would be used to train an algorithm.
"We plan on having an accurate enough model to use in real-life situations," he said.
Traralgon-based Dystech aimed to produce a working model by January 2020.
"We're talking about a mobile app that can assess the risk of dyslexia in less than five minutes," Mr Richard said.
"It will help (parents) to act early, the earlier you act the better."
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Families at the three-day Wodonga MSL camp received Dystech information.
"Everyone we talked to were really amazed by the simplicity of the idea," the chief executive said.
"People were really open and happy to see the progress."
Any schools or professionals willing to assist Dystech's data collection can find more details at dystech.com.au.
The Border's first MSL camp evolved from an invitation by the Albury Wodonga Dyslexia Support Group.
Parent and group member Wendy Dallinger said the event received great feedback and the children had a wonderful time.
"The first day they sort of arrived nervous and tentative; by the third day they had built great friendships and it was really good to see," she said.
As well as learning and interest activities for the children, the camp included adult sessions on emotional intelligence and advocacy.
"Just building more bridges between families and schools and professionals, just giving the kids a positive feel about their learning," Mrs Dallinger said.
"Families realising that they're not alone in their journey and there is help out there."
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