New dyslexia app in the making

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A team in the UK has proposed an app called ‘Dimming Dyslexia’ to analyze online text and other educational resources and translate them into formats that are easier for those with dyslexia to understand. The app can present written text as videos and cartoons, and change font size and colors on the page to present more dyslexia-friendly formats.

The all female team won the BT young pioneer award which means they will be supported to develop the prototype into a working app with the help of BT experts.

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The first report card of the year

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The schoolyear has started and the first report card may have come home by now. You may be coming aware of issues with your child’s learning. The teachers may invite you for a conference. The understood organization has a great explanation of the difference between a parent teacher conference and an IEP meeting, see our link for today.

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Learning disabilities are a connection problem

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Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. Instead, poor connectivity between ‘hubs’ within the brain is much more strongly related to children’s difficulties.

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Online Dyslexia screening

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People taking the Dystech test supply a date of birth and email before being presented with a series of words on the screen. Users then repeat the words aloud with the audio being recorded for analysis.

The test, available through a mobile app or in the browser, takes around 10 minutes to complete.

The audio is automatically analysed by the algorithm to determine the likelihood of dyslexia. While the test can’t provide a diagnosis and Dystech does not offer medical advice, Richard says it returns a percentage likelihood of dyslexia as well as metrics on reading reaction time and average reading time.

The results can give an indication if users should seek an official diagnosis – currently only able to be provided by a psychologist.

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