Dyslexia.pk

An interactive web platform that features screening and rehabilitation activities, which are geared towards dyslexia in the local languages of Pakistan and improving the reading skills of dyslexic children.


User Researcher, Designer and Developer


8 months


User Interview, Usability Testing, Adobe XD, Adobe Illustrator, HTML5, Javascript, MEAN Stack

Problem

Dyslexia is a widely prevalent ailment throughout the world. According to research, around 40 million people in the US are dyslexic, and only 2 million are aware of it. In Pakistan, due to high illiteracy rates, it is very challenging to identify dyslexia. Some students make it to A-levels and universities and are still undiagnosed. In an epidemiological study carried on 8-10 years school children the prevalence of specific reading difficulties is 3.9%, specific arithmetic difficulties is 1.3% and specific arithmetic and reading difficulties is 2.3%.the prevalence of boys was 8% and girls was 6%. Once these children come in the mainstream, it is absolutely essential for them to know how to read Urdu because it is the most widely read language throughout Pakistan. Communication is an essential part of integration. Inability to read Urdu would lead to academic and social challenges.

Solution

As part of this project, we focused on expanding on dyslexia assessment methods for Urdu and other local languages of Pakistan, and worked on existing assessment tools such as the Dyslexia Assessment Battery for Urdu. We worked on manual ways to assess dyslexia and introduced digital methods. We created an online screening test for children where they are provided with an interactive interface to screen their dyslexic tendencies. Such methods exist for English and a few other languages but not for Urdu. We gained insights from other languages especially Persian and Arabic to establish a relationship and created a platform relevant for Urdu. We also aim to run a study for measuring dyslexia in Pakistani schools using manual and digital techniques. Once we have children identified at different intensities of dyslexia, we will offer the solutions at different levels.

In this project, we focused on high functioning dyslexic children in Pakistan who have underdeveloped reading skills. To help solve these issues, we developed a web application platform for children, parents and teachers. The interactive web application platform provides screening and rehabilitation activities, which are geared towards screening dyslexia in the local languages of Pakistan and improving the reading skills of dyslexic children. Through our application, teachers and parents alike can be engaged with the child to make reading easier and more effective. They are provided with a tool to create customizable e-books for dyslexic children along with the ability to add relevant examples and pictures.

Here are the stepwise objectives to achieve the goals of this project:

We understand the need to train teachers in Pakistan and also to guide parents from all sorts of backgrounds, literate or illiterate, to help their dyslexic children develop improved reading skills. Our main application is designed to improve the Urdu reading skills of dyslexic children. Currently, no platform exists to acquaint children with Urdu or any other local language. We have designed an intelligent platform that adapts itself according to the level and type of dyslexia that the concerned child is facing. There’s no official list of dyslexia types. But there are some widely mentioned “types” of dyslexia such as phonological dyslexia, surface dyslexia, rapid name deficit, double deficit dyslexia, visual dyslexia etc.

Features

We built a platform with online screening and support tools for dyslexia in Urdu and other local languages in Pakistan.

Screening Checklist

The screening checklist, available in Urdu and English languages, helps find strengths and weaknesses of children and overall prevalence rates.

Urdu eBooks Composer

Contributors can compose eBooks in Urdu which can be downloaded or added to the website’s reading collection.

Guess the Word

Users are shown some action words and have to select an image that best depicts the action word.

Spelling Aid

When a word is typed or pasted in the text area, the spelling aid tool breaks it into separate letters.

Living with Dyslexia

This section helps people without dyslexia understand what it is like to have dyslexia. No signup is required here.

Resources

There are some external resources available for help. There are readings available for children with dyslexia. Readers can customize the font size and colour of the readings.

Timeline