Posted on May 10, 2007, Andrew Video Game Used to Test for Autism and Dyslexia
Are you afraid your child has autism or dyslexia? If so, video games might be able to give you a more definitive answer.
For those of you who don’t know, autistic children avoid contact with other human beings, eye contact, and generally appear to be in a “world of their own.” It’s complicated. Dyslexia, on the other hand, is a more straight forward learning disability where word assocation and making words are, well, a tad difficult.
According to Autism Speaks, one in fifty children has autism, and according to The International Dyslexia Association, about 15-20% of the population has learning disorders. The company Learning for Children has apparently latched onto these statistics and since 1999 has been developing a video game to market to this particular demographic.
So you gamers out there with toddlers, if you’re concerned, give it a run.