Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading, despite normal intelligence. If left undiagnosed, dyslexia costs the UK economy £1bn a year, whereas the cost of providing HIV treatment and care in the UK was £758 million in 2013.
Greece has just developed an inexpensive screening test to pick up individuals that have a reasonable likelihood of being dyslexic.
The RADAR system (RADAR stands for Rapid Assessment for Difficulties & Abnormalities in Reading) is a patented software that helps to diagnose dyslexia at an early age.
Unlike other tests, that are based on the subjective evaluation of reading errors by the test examiner -that as a process is both stressful and intimidating for the kid- this brand new system can put the diagnosis in only 10 minutes, with an accuracy of 85%. It has the advantage that it’s objective, it is examiner independent and the system cannot be gamed!
When an individual reads a line of text, their eyes make a sequence of fixations with fast saccadic movements in between , that guide the eyes to an information-wise optimal landing point.
Reading skills in children develop as they mature resulting in improved fixation-saccade sequences. The sofware tracks the kid’s eye movement and can “tell” if someone is or isn’t dyslectic, in just a few minutes!
This innovative platform technology is low cost and the data can be collected by non-specialized personnel. In the future, it may be used to assess a variety of different neurological conditions such as: ADHD, autism, dementia or Parkinson’s disease.
If you don’t have a clear diagnosis of dyslexia for your kid, consider a family vacation in Greece and you will have the answers you need, in just a few minutes!