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 websiteBuilding 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.

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