ADPS: A prescreening tool for students with dyslexia in learning traditional Chinese

Ka-Yan FUNG, Kit-Yi TANG, Tze Leung Rick LUI, Kuen Fung Kenneth SIN, Lik-Hang LEE, Huamin QU, Shenghui SONG

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Abstract

Pre-screening children for specific learning disabilities (SLDs), e.g., dyslexia, is essential for effective intervention. With a quick and reliable pre- screening result, special education coordinators (SEN- COs) can provide students with early intervention and relieve their learning pressure. Unfortunately, due to the limited resources, many students in Hong Kong receive dyslexia assessments beyond the golden period, i.e., under the age of six. To this end, information technology could establish automatic pre-screening tools to address this issue. However, dyslexia pre-screening for children learning Chinese is challenging due to the lack of sound-script correlation in Chinese. In this paper, an Automatic Dyslexia Pre-screening System (ADPS) is developed to provide a quick test to identify at-risk children. Through a two-stage approach, we first develop a gamified tool based on linguistic characteristics and then evaluate the result by a comparison study. Results from a pilot test on 30 students with dyslexia and 32 students without dyslexia indicate that ADPS can effectively distinguish two groups of students. Furthermore, the interactive design elements can motivate students to conduct the pre-screening independently. Copyright © 2024 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1454-1470
JournalIEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
Volume17
Early online dateApr 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Citation

Fung, K.-Y., Tang, K.-Y., Lui, T. L. R., Sin, K.-F., Lee, L.-H., Qu, H., & Song, S. (2024). ADPS: A prescreening tool for students with dyslexia in learning traditional Chinese. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 17, 1454-1470. https://doi.org/10.1109/TLT.2024.3384290

Keywords

  • Dyslexia
  • Handwriting (HW)
  • Phonological awareness (PA)
  • Prescreening
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Vocabulary knowledge (VK)
  • Working memory (WM)

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