What's the earliest age at which dyslexia can be identified with reasonable accuracy? The answer - and I fervently wish more teachers and parents were aware of it - is four, thanks to a brilliant computer program devised by Lucid Research.John Clare, Education Editor, The Daily Telegraph
Rapid is the solution for quick group/class screening for dyslexia in pupils aged 4 to 15. It’s made up of three enjoyable and non-threatening tests that are sensitive cognitive indicators of dyslexia. Each screening component has been individually standardised, to maximise accuracy in detection of dyslexia and prevent dyslexic children 'slipping through the net'.
Depending on age, the third subtest is either:
• Visual-verbal integration memory (4 - 7 years)
• Phonic decoding skills (8 - 15 years)
Reports are available immediately, incorporating automatic expert interpretation and giving a clear indication of the probability of dyslexia in every case. The automatic interpretation feature means that Rapid can be usedby non-teaching staff. The accompanying manual gives advice on next steps and interventions after screening.
The results of Rapid can be automatically integrated into more detailed dyslexia diagnostic programs such as CoPS, LASS 8-11 and LASS 11-15.