Dyslexia.pk
Screening dyslexia in Pakistani languages
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The Dyslexia.pk platform was my senior year project supervised by Dr. Suleman Shahid and Dr. Sana Haidry. The project started with the research question, “How can we improve reading habit in children of age 6-12?”, which led to the creation of an online screening tool. The project involved creating an online platform for screening dyslexia in Urdu language (and other local languages of Pakistan including Pushto, Punjabi and Sindhi). The project is divided into two parts: The research based on which a screening test is developed to screen dyslexia in the local languages of Pakistan, and a digital platform that contains the screening test and support tools for dyslexics and their parents and teachers.

I worked on the design and development of the Dyslexia platform. This included creation of the user interface mockups, the user interface design, HTML5 and AngularJs based frontend and Node.js and ExpressJs based backend.

Objectives of the project focused on following:

  • Identifying the problems faced by Pakistani students while reading and writing.
  • Once the problems are known, proposing and implementing cost effective, modern solutions focused on dyslexia.
  • Keeping track of the progress made by the dyslexics during the course of taking exercises designed for them.

The core focus of this project was developing a web application that consists of the following four modules:

(1) a module for screening dyslexia in Urdu. (2) a module for teachers (and parents) for designing easy to read books with necessary tools, constraints and features to design them. (3) a gamified module for children where they can read carefully designed ebooks (4) a number of playful and interactive features where dyslexics can exercise reading to improve their reading skills (5) a progress tracker to keep track of the activities and progress of parents, teachers and children along with reward badges to make the progress gamified.

Studies show that about 70 to 85% of children who are placed in special education for learning disabilities are dyslexic. One in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common of the language based learning disabilities.