|Late winter 1997
||Created a reading card from a 3”x 5” index card while instructing a student challenged with ADD. She was not able to focus and had forgotten to take her medication that morning. The tool helped her immediately so that she could read an entire page of text with good comprehension. This became the first, rough prototype of the Reading Focus Card.
Began to develop an improved prototype of the focus card. Used an old, vinyl placemat to create a more advanced model.
||Further developed the focus card. Hole is added to anchor on a loose-leaf binder ring to prevent loss.
||Enlisted the help of an invention assistance company. A non-disclosure agreement was completed and sent. When fees became prohibitive, discontinued working with the company.
||Began attending meetings of the Illinois Innovators and Inventors group (Edwardsville, IL) to discuss ongoing progress of the focus card. Non-disclosure statements were signed by all in attendance prior to each meeting.
||Further improvements were made to the focus card to enhance its ease of tracking and overall use.
||Met with attorney. Patent search conducted for the Reading Focus Card
||Patent application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
||Focus study conducted at St. Simon School in St. Louis, Missouri. Results of Focus Study
||Retail sales of the Reading Focus Card begin earlier than expected as a result of parent requests.