iScreener for Preschoolers to Kindergartners

Children at risk for developing reading disorder can be identified well before they learn to read, but identification is typically delayed until children already show signs of struggling to read. Early identification and intervention, before elementary school, can dramatically improve reading outcomes.

Currently, screening for reading disorder risk is a resource-intensive, offline process. We are developing a suite of tablet-based games that translate established screening tests and new, research-based measures into an accurate, low cost, easy-to-use screen for reading disorder risk. This suite will also provide researchers with tools for easily assessing language and cognitive function in children with dyslexia, as part of the Dyslexia Phenotype Project.

The project goals are:

  • Provide schools with an accurate, objective screening tool that can be rapidly administered at minimal cost and without specialized training as part of an early screening and intervention process.
  • Provide parents with concerns about their child’s emerging reading ability or familial risk for reading disorder with an alternative to expensive independent assessment.
  • Help identify subtypes of dyslexia and support individualized intervention.
  • Ultimately develop scalable tablet-based interventions for reading and other learning disorders

If you are an educator looking to get involved, please visit this page for more information. 

Supported by Ray and Lori dePole and other generous supporters of the Dyslexia Center.