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Diagnosis & Rehabilitation of Language Disorders in Children, Using a Self-Operated Tablet Based App

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Summary of the technology

Diagnosis & Rehabilitation of Language Disorders in Children, Using a Self-Operated Tablet Based App
Project ID : 19-2019-8746

Description of the technology

https://elsc.huji.ac.il/faculty-staff/yosef-grodzinsky

Background

  • Language disorders affect up to 5% of all children and account for close to 20% of children with disabilities who receive special education.
  • Language disorders make communication difficult for children, either by hampering their ability to understand others speaking to them, or by affecting their capacity to form their own thoughts into words, or both.
  • Diagnosis, rehabilitation, and follow up, at the home setting via gaming, is an important tool to facilitate the treatment of children suffering from language disorders.

Our Innovation

The research group developed a tablet-based, patient operated app, offering a dynamic diagnosis of language comprehension disorders following brain damage in adults. This tool will now be extended to evaluate and classify type and severity of language impairment in children as well, and can support the creation of a treatment plan through an iterative process.

The Advantages

  • Automatic and self-operated, in the home setting
  • Game like and fun
  • Evidence based
  • Diagnosis is carried out on precise quantitative analysis, and revised on a continuous basis
  • Modular – simple to add new modules and Languages to support additional settings
  • Multi-lingual – designed to accommodate versions in different languages
  • Well founded on science and knowhow accumulated over years of research in linguistics, neuroscience, and language acquisition

The Opportunity

The technology addresses a large market by appealing to all children with language disorders; allowing for diagnosis and classification, as well as the creation of a treatment plan and follow up on progress andan update of treatment.The core technology has already been tested in adults with language disorders incurred from post stroke/head trauma aphasia, but is not specific, and will now be adjusted to work with children.

Main Milestones Planned During Development Plan

  • A fully functional diagnostic module in Hebrew (perhaps in Arabic), within 6 months
  • A blueprint for a therapy module in Hebrew (perhaps in Arabic), within 12 months
  • Development of game like interface (gamization) – within an additional 6 months
  • Development of kits for additional languages (ca. 3 additional months per language)

Project manager

Mel Larrosa
VP Business Development Healthcare

Project researchers

Yosef Grodzinsky
HUJI, Faculty of Science
The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences

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About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Technology Transfer Office from Israel

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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