Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MIT Pioneers Automated Screening for Childhood Communication Disorders

Massachusetts Institute of Technology students are developing new tech to expand screening for language disorders. Smartphones and tablets could help early detection efforts, which is vital for treatment.

For children with speech and language disorders, early-childhood intervention can make a great difference in their later academic and social success. But many such children — one study estimates 60 percent — go undiagnosed until kindergarten or even later.

According to MIT News, researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions hope to change that, with a computer system that can automatically screen young children for speech and language disorders and, potentially, even provide specific diagnoses.


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