The Developmental Dyslexia Screening App can effectively screen for early behavioral signs of Developmental Dyslexia (DD) in only 30 minutes. The app will enable screening at a doctor’s visit, a school, or home setting. Additionally, the app will link to websites offering teaching solutions and intervention programs for teachers, parents, and social workers.
Developmental Dyslexia affects 10-12% of children and includes difficulties with speed and accuracy of words decoding, poor spelling and comprehension, poor letter-sound knowledge and low verbal memory. To date, the earliest that Developmental Dyslexia can be reliably diagnosed is in 2nd through 4th grade, after the child has already begun to fail at reading. Teachers, parents, and peer often misinterpret the ‘dyslexic’ child’s struggle to learn as a negative attitude or poor behavior, and decreased self-esteem is often an additional result.
Research shows that intervention at or before kindergarten is most effective for reducing the lifelong effects of Developmental Dyslexia. Unfortunately, a widely available screening tool is not yet available for laypeople or in-school administration.
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