A tool to identify children at risk of specific learning disability in Bengali and English
Nachiketa Rout, Arun Banik
Aim of the study is to evaluate and compare spelling skills in children with and without SLD in Englishrnand Bengali and appraise the sensitivity, specificity and hit rate of the developed tool in identifyingrnchildren with SLD. Method: The participants included 60 children divided into two groups. Group- 1rnconsisting of children identified as SLD and group- 2 comprising of children without SLD (Highrnacademic achievers). The participantsare bilinguals and biliteratesin the age range of 8-11 years. Therntask was to identify the first and the last grapheme of a read out word in English and Bengali.rnResults: the High academic achievers performed significantly better (p ?0.05) than the SLDs in bothrnBengali and English. The Bengali and English tool had the sensitivity of 77%&83%, specificity ofrn97.6%&96.6%, positive predictive value of 95%&96.6%, negative predictive value of 80% & 85% andrncorrect classification/hit rate of 87% &90% respectively.