Workshop on Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India (DALI)
September 7-8, 2018
Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
University of Allahabad
About Learning Disability and Dyslexia
Learning disability refers to a cluster of symptoms which indicates difficulties in acquiring skills such as reading, spelling, writing, comprehension and mathematics during conventional classroom instruction. Learning disability makes it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the normal instructional environment, and in its severe form.
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability wherein children do not achieve adequate reading skills, and it is believed to have an alarming incidence of 5-10% of school-going children worldwide. In Indian context this is even more intriguing as children are exposed to different scripts at times simultaneously or sequentially which poses unique challenges in learning to read. DALI is an initiative to address
DALI is the first standardized and validated screening and assessment tool in four Indian Languages: Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and English and is being validated in other Indian languages. Development and validation of DALI was coordinated by National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India and was conducted at five Centres in India including NBRC, CBCS, AU, Maharashtra Dyslexia Association, Mumbai, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore and Dr. Shanta Vaidya Memorial Foundation, Pune. About 4840 children in five cities – Delhi-NCR, Allahabad, Pune Mumbai and Mysore were tested for this tool.
The purpose of this screening tool is to identify children who may have learning disability, which hinders their school performance. The goal was to develop a relatively short, objectively scored, mutli-faceted dyslexia screening tool that can be administered by teachers.
Two screening tools, Junior Screening Tool (JST) and Middle Screening Tool (MST) have been developed for classed 1 to 5. The JST constitutes 15 items (for students studying in class 1 and 2, that is children aged 5 to 7) and the MST constitutes 21 items (for students studying in classes 3, 4 and 5, that is those aged 8 to 10 years) on which the child is rated.
Language Assessment Battery
Assessment batteries could be administered by trained psychologists/special educators/speech pathologists. The Assessment battery consists of 9 tests in total across three domains – language, phonology and literacy. Assessment battery provides a language performance profile to understand the child’s strengths and weaknesses and to identify if one is at risk for dyslexia. The manual also provides suggestions for remediation.
About the Workshop
Training workshop on Dyslexia Assessments for languages of India (DALI) will be conducted at CBCS on September 7-8, 2018. CBCS has been conducting research and outreach programs at the Centre for many years including training workshops on identification of developmental disorders like dyslexia and Autism. This workshop aims to equip teachers and professionals dealing with children at risk for dyslexia to enable early identification the concerns a child may have related to reading/writing difficulties. Pointers for remediation of dyslexia will also be discussed during the workshop. The workshop will have three components: Screening, detailed assessment and remediation with discussion about the tool and hands on experience with DALI.
To train the teachers with the administration and scoring of the Screening tool for dyslexia and to train the professionals including Clinical Psychologists, Speech pathologists/therapists, Special educators, School counsellors/psychologists with the administration, scoring, profiling and interpretation of the Assessment battery and screening tool for identification of dyslexia.
Prof. Nandini C. Singh, NBRC, Manesar
Dr. Geet Oberoi, Orkids, New Delhi
Prof. Bhoomika R. Kar, CBCS, AU
Day 1: Screening tool for dyslexia
We invite registrations from school teachers preferably class teachers or language teachers teaching in grades 1-2 and grades 3-5. Two teachers from each school could be nominated by the school authorities.
Day 2: Assessment (Language Assessment Battery) for identification of children with dyslexia
We invite professionals including Clinical Psychologists, Speech pathologists/therapists, Special educators, School counsellors/psychologists to get trained with the Language Assessment Battery (Hindi and English).
Note. Clinical Psychologists, Speech pathologists/therapists, Special educators, School counsellors/psychologists could register for both Day 1 and Day 2.
Teachers: Rs. 500
Professionals: Rs. 1000
How to register
For School teachers: Each school may send two nominations via SMS to 9795109712/8417913333 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with their names, school names, email IDs and contact numbers.
For Professionals: Registration via SMS to 9795109712/8417913333 or via email to email@example.com with name, affiliation/institute name, contact number and email ID
Friday, 7th September 2018
|9:30 – 10:00 am||Registration|
|10:00 – 10:15 am||Inaugural session|
|10:15 – 11:00 am||Introduction to Dyslexia, Assessment and DALI|
|11:00 – 11:30 am||Introduction to Screening Tool and its Validation|
|11:30 – 11:45 am||Tea Break|
|11:45 – 1:00 pm||Administration and Scoring of Screening Tool|
|1:00 – 2:00 pm||Lunch|
|2:00 – 4:00 pm||Hands on experience with Administration and Scoring of Screening Tool|
Saturday, 8th September 2018
|9:00 – 9:30 am||Registration|
|9:30 – 10:00 am||Introduction to Language Assessment Battery|
|10:00 – 12:00 pm||Administration and Scoring of Language Assessment Battery|
|12:00 – 12:15 pm||Tea Break|
|12:15 -1:00 pm||Profiling and Interpretation of Language Assessment Battery|
|1:00 – 1:30 pm||Lunch|
|1:30 – 2:00 pm||Remediation of Dyslexia|
|2:00 – 4:00 pm||Hands on experience with Language Assessment Battery|