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Computer Games Detect Early Signs of Autism and Dyslexia in Children

An experienced team of educators, psychologists and technology professionals have gathered to develop the first computer-based games aimed at helping to identify children ages 3-9 with early signs of dyslexia, and children ages 3-5 with autism.

Based on thousands of hours of development, Learning for Children (opens in new tab)announced the inaugural set of games in its innovative Early Detection Diagnostic Gaming series.

Early detection of these disorders, and intervention, is key to building effective treatment programs. With help early in life, children can progress through traditional educational experiences with fewer problems.

Children dislike tests -- especially if they know they are being tested. Thus, Learning for Children's series of computer games, divided into six levels, are based on low stress, low anxiety, fun and rewarding exercises in which a child is totally unaware they are being tested.

Importantly, Learning for Children's games are not a substitute for professional testing and evaluation. Any positive results should be treated only as an indicator of autism or dyslexia, not a diagnosis. Parents with children testing positive should consult a health care professional.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.