Cardiff Metropolitan University is carrying out trials using new technology to speed up diagnoses for dyslexia. A tool, known as RADAR (Rapid Assessment for Dyslexia and Abnormalities in Reading) is believed to be able to detect dyslexia earlier and with greater precision.
According to the RadarMission Ltd website ‘ Building on over 30 years of experience in ophthalmology and eye tracking tech, RADARMISSION has developed the RADAR Method, an easy, fast, objective, completely non-invasive and cost-effective screening for reading difficulties, with special focus on dyslexia. RADAR, which has been developed over the last decade by a multidisciplinary team of scientists is able – in just a few minutes- to quantify the reading process and give us the exact points of difficulty. ‘
The RADAR method takes between 15 and 20 minutes to complete, and just requires the subject to read text from a computer screen. Eye movements are tracked and then analysed to assess reading capability and identify any difficulties.
Currently, a diagnosis of dyslexia can only be made through a diagnostic assessment carried out by a certified assessor, who will usually be an Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher. These assessments take about three hours and cost from £500 to £700.