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Breakthrough in artificial intelligence leads to rapid, early detection of dyslexia

Press Release   •   Sep 19, 2017 14:00 GMT

It is estimated that 10-20% of the world’s population has dyslexia, but detecting it is still a major challenge. Most people with dyslexia are never identified, and struggle all their lives without knowing why. Now a breakthrough technology from Lexplore, a Swedish company, is able to rapidly screen young readers and determine with objective measurements if they are at risk for dyslexia or not.

Recently launched in the US

With the help of extensive research and advanced artificial intelligence techniques (machine learning), Lexplore has developed a system that analyzes eye movements during reading, and that can identify students in the risk zone for dyslexia with about 95% accuracy. The method has been used on several thousand Swedish schoolchildren with good results. The test is short and simple, taking just 2-3 minutes to administer for each child.

Recent testing of nearly 1600 children in four states in the US (Georgia, Minnesota, Washington and Oregon) confirmed the method’s validity for English-speaking children. Work is also underway to adapt the method for other major world languages.The firm launched its screening service in the US in 2017. 

- The awareness about dyslexia is increasing in the US. Many have realized that its possible both to help students and to save money by introducing early efforts to prevent reading and writing difficulties, and we are experiencing a great interest in our service, says Fredrik Wetterhall, CEO of Lexplore about the recent release in the US.

About dyslexia

Dyslexia is a language disorder characterized by a difficulty in achieving rapid and confident word decoding, which results in the eyes moving over words and sentences in a way that deviates from the norm. It is important to point out that deviations in eye movement patterns are not the cause of dyslexia. These eye movements are a symptom of a language processing problem.

Lexplore offers an objective screening method that can rapidly identify children at risk of dyslexia in the first years of primary school. The method supports confident decisions on whether an individual needs supplementary support, and if further assessment is necessary. This optimizes use of school resources to the benefit of students, staff and the community. Furthermore Lexplore is a member of IDA, International Dyslexia Association, and will exhibit its technology and international screening experience at the 2017 conference of the International Dyslexia Association, November 8-11 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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