Detecting Dyslexia from Audio Records: An AI Approach

Jim Radford, Gilles Richard, Hugo Richard, Mathieu Serrurier

Abstract

Dyslexia impacts the individual’s ability to read, interferes with academic achievements and may also have long term consequences beyond the learning years. Early detection is critical. It is usually done via a lengthy battery of tests: human experts score these tests to decide whether the child requires specific education strategies. This human assessment can also lead to inconsistencies. That is why there is a strong need for earlier, simpler (and cheaper) screening of dyslexia. In this paper, we investigate the potential of modern Artificial Intelligence in automating this screening. With this aim in mind and building upon previous works, we have gathered a dataset of audio recordings, from both non-dyslexic and dyslexic children. After proper preprocessing, we have applied diverse machine learning algorithms in order to check if some hidden patterns are discoverable, making a difference between dyslexic and non-dyslexic readers. Then, we built up our own neural network which outperforms the other tested approaches. Our results suggests the possibility to classify audio records as characteristic of dyslexia, leading to an accurate and inexpensive dyslexia screening via non-invasive methods, potentially reaching a large population for early intervention.

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Radford J., Richard G., Richard H. and Serrurier M. (2021). Detecting Dyslexia from Audio Records: An AI Approach.In Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF, ISBN 978-989-758-490-9, pages 58-66. DOI: 10.5220/0010196000580066


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf21,
author={Jim Radford and Gilles Richard and Hugo Richard and Mathieu Serrurier},
title={Detecting Dyslexia from Audio Records: An AI Approach},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF,},
year={2021},
pages={58-66},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010196000580066},
isbn={978-989-758-490-9},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF,
TI - Detecting Dyslexia from Audio Records: An AI Approach
SN - 978-989-758-490-9
AU - Radford J.
AU - Richard G.
AU - Richard H.
AU - Serrurier M.
PY - 2021
SP - 58
EP - 66
DO - 10.5220/0010196000580066