Designing a game for pre-screening students with specific learning disabilities in Chinese

Ka Yan FUNG, Kuen Fung SIN, Zikai Alex WEN, Lik-Hang LEE, Shenghui SONG, Huamin QU

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Abstract

Most students with specific learning disabilities (SLDs) have difficulties in reading and writing. The SLDs pre-screening is crucial because the golden period for therapy is before six years old. However, many students in Hong Kong receive SLDs assessments after the golden period. Also, the SLDs pre-screening is challenging, especially in a language with the logographic script but without prominent sound-script correspondence (e.g., Chinese, Japanese). To make pre-screening SLDs in Chinese more effective and efficient, we designed a new comprehensive pre-screening game for SLDs in Chinese (i.e., dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyspraxia). Notably, we designed a Chinese morphological awareness puzzle that challenges students to recognize different words made up with the first character that is identical and the second character that is different, such as樹枝 (literally means tree branch),樹幹 (literally means tree truck),樹葉 (literally means tree leaves), and樹根 (literally means tree root). We experimented with students, which showed that our game can effectively pre-screen students with SLDs in Chinese. Our work contributes an approach to quick SLDs in Chinese pre-screening, potentially useful for other logographic languages (e.g., Japanese). Copyright © 2022 the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
EditorsJon FROEHLICH, Kristen SHINOHARA, Stephanie LUDI
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450392587
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Citation

Fung, K. Y., Sin, K. F., Wen, Z. A., Lee, L.-H., Song, S., & Qu, H. (2022). Designing a game for pre-screening students with specific learning disabilities in Chinese. In J. Froehlich, K. Shinohara, & S. Ludi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 24th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1145/3517428.3550384

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