With the help of modern technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), it becomes easier to identify children afflicted with learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dysgraphia. While these three might sound the same, they are uniquely different disorders that require children to take different screen tests.
Dyslexia vs. Dyspraxia vs. Dysgraphia
Dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dysgraphia are all learning disorders that can greatly impede a child’s education if left untreated. Early intervention is key to building helpful alternative teaching strategies and methods to help the child cope with their disorder.
This neurological disorder inhibits a child’s brain in recognising and processing graphic symbols (i.e. letters), which often result in poor reading skills and illegible handwriting. Despite their intelligence, people with dyslexia experience the inability to spell, read, and write correctly.
This is a developmental coordination disorder that inhibits the brain from fully processing information, which delays the person’s learning of new things like walking, self-feeding, and dressing. Children with dyspraxia are often characterised as clumsy and forgetful, with slightly slurred speech and an awkward walk.
This is a learning disability that makes writing difficult for children. It makes it hard for them to organise and put their thoughts on paper.
Research shows that the cause of dysgraphia is neurological, that is, a person suffering from it has difficulty with orthographic coding or the ability to store a permanent memory of how written words are linked to their meaning and pronunciation.
Dysgraphia may occur alone or with other disorders like ADHD and dyslexia.
Why early diagnosis is important
Just as with any learning disability, early detection and diagnosis are key to helping children who suffer from dysgraphia because ordinary schools usually don’t have specialised instruction or programs dedicated only to handwriting, spelling, reading, and decoding.
It is also important to note that some children suffering from dysgraphia may have other behavioural or neurological problems that can effectively delay their education.
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The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Identifying Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia can be diagnosed by a paediatrician and a licensed psychologist. Doctors usually administer a series of writing and academic tests to measure a person’s ability to verbalise thoughts on paper. The specialists look not only at the finished work but also at how the writer’s hand and wrist were positioned while writing.
However, as technology gets smarter and with the increasing applications of artificial intelligence, assessing the likelihood of dysgraphia has become a lot simpler.
Artificial intelligence eliminates the bias and subjectivity of using handwriting scales to determine dysgraphia. Even at its infancy, numerous experiments are being conducted around the world about the effectiveness of AI in assessing dysgraphia in children.
Dyscreen is an app that uses AI to analyse handwritten texts and can screen for dysgraphia in less than two minutes. All you need to do is download it and take a photo of your child’s handwriting.
Dyscreen’s AI program generates a report that would determine the likelihood of your child suffering from dysgraphia or not.
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