The web portal was launched recently by the child neurology department and is being framed for children suffering from dyslexia, a neurological disease that affects learning, including oral and written language, making it difficult to grasp or read words and/or numbers.
“This website will help them read, write and learn like normal children. It is also going to help parents of dyslexic children. Once the parents get familiarised with the app or website, they can teach their children to overcome difficulties in reading and writing,” said Dr Shefali Gulati, professor, department of child neurology.
Before launching the website, AIIMS had conducted a study on 44 children who had undergone functional magnetic resonance imaging (F-MRI) while using the app. The results showed that a majority of the children had success in learning languages and words just like normal children.
“The app consists of eight modules covering different aspects of learning languages presented in a creative way, which will help children read, write and explain like normal children through artificial intelligence,” said Gulati.
IIT-Delhi contributed towards developing the app. AIIMS and IIT-Delhi had earlier collaborated for developing innovation and rehabilitation oriented programmes and this app was a part of it.
Though there is no cure for dyslexia, an early assessment and intervention can help in improving the reading and writing abilities in children. Signs of dyslexia can be difficult to recognise before a child enters school, but some early clues may indicate the problem.
According to experts, dyslexia has been found to be linked with certain genes that affect how the brain processes reading and language and tends to run in families. Though most children are able to learn reading by kindergarten or first grade, children with dyslexia often cannot grasp the basics of reading by that time. When dyslexia goes undiagnosed and untreated, childhood reading difficulties continue into adulthood.