The University of Allahabad has organised a two-day workshop for the students on Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India (Dali) from today. The event will be conducted at the Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS), Allahabad University, from September 7 to 8. Prof Bhumika R Kar, Coordinator of the workshop, stated that the CBCS has been organising research and outreach programs at the Center for many years, including training workshops on the identification of developmental disorders like dyslexia, ADHD and autism. This particular workshop has been organised to help and train teachers and professionals dealing with children at risk for dyslexia to enable early identification of the concerns a child may have related to reading/writing difficulties. Some important points for the remediation of dyslexia will also be discussed during the workshop.
There would be a couple of vital components to this workshop. Amongst them is the screening and detailed assessment with the discussion about the tool and hands-on experience with DALI. The Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India (Dali) is the first standardized and validated screening and assessment tool in four Indian Languages: Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, and English. It is being validated in other Indian Languages as well.
The DALI consists of a screening tool and the language assessment battery of children in grades 1-5. It was discovered and developed by the National Brain Research Center (NBRC), Manesar, Haryana, and has been validated at five centers 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.
As per the reports of Times of India, this whole Project was funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Around 40 participants have registered for the workshop including teachers, psychologists, neuropsychologists, counselors, speech therapists, and special educators. The Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, i.e. CBCS, is also planning to start an outreach center with consultancy services for children with developmental disorders and the elderly.