It is very important to detect learning and reading disabilities as early as possible. About 20 percent of the population most likely has reading disabilities, yet only about 4 percent of young children receive special education for reading disabilities (Shaywitz, 2003).
According to LD online (2010), the world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, this epidemic of people going through life undiagnosed is referred to as the “hidden handicap”. The article explains how this “hidden handicap” negatively affects its victims when it states, “The resulting problems can lead to poor self-esteem, failure to thrive in school, and difficulty in the workplace” (link).
Therefore, it must be a priority to keenly aware parents of students who may be suffering with a reading disability and to ensure that these students receive the support they need to foster the best learning environment for their academic success.
How can RADAR help?
- Assessment of reading competency
- Diagnosis of reading difficulties
- Detailed analysis of the reading process
- Track reading difficulties in certain syllables
- Assessment of reading decoding
RADAR method is not only for children with a diagnosed reading difficulty or not, but is for every age and sex, for anyone who wants to know more about his/hers reading competency.
When a person reads a line of text, his/her eyes make a sequence of fixations. Fast movements between fixations are called saccades that accurately “guide” the eyes to an information-wise optimal landing point, literally the central part of our retina: the fovea. Foveal vision is a prerequisite for visual detail. R.A.D.A.R. Method (Rapid Assessment of Dyslexia & Abnormalities in Reading) can accurately and objectively pinpoint these eye movements and fixations in order to analyze the reading pattern of the individual.
RADAR is a novel, fast, objective non-invasive method for assessing reading difficulties with a special focus on dyslexia. The RADAR assessment is an OBJECTIVE screening tool which is completely computerized. Based on a series of eye movement parameters, the assessment can evaluate the reading capability of the individual and pinpoint the problem areas during the reading process.The RADAR assessment which has been developed over the last decade by a multidisciplinary team of scientists is able to differentiate between individuals that have variosu reading problems, such as dyslexia, compared to typical readers.
Using RADAR technology, we can help individuals by:
- rapidly screening them for reading difficulties (such as dyslexia),
- quantifing their problem, based on algorithms and mathematical models that quantify the severity of the problem numerically,
- providing an individualized treatment plan based on a series of eye tracking parameters,
- monitoring their impovement and the development of their reading ability (typical or aberrant).
It only takes 15 to 20 minutes for a full session.
Success percentages are currently above 95%.
Can be re-administered to evaluate effectiveness of therapeutic processes.
All you need to do is read a text from a computer screen.
It’s user friendly
The reader does not need to wear or use any device.
It works with unique algorithms.
The process and measurements are examiner independent.
The reader just reads silently a text, like reading at home.
It’s for everyone
RADAR is age-free and user-free!