Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common language processing disorder, which hinders the learning of literacy skills such as reading, writing and spelling.

It is however not an intellectual disability. Dyslexia occurs at all levels of intelligence - from average intelligence to highly gifted! The key is to nurture the positives of the dyslexic brain.

Latest evidence suggests that Dyslexia is often associated with mild visual impairments and unstable eye control i.e. ‘wobbly eyes’, when reading.

Unstable Eye Control ‘Wobbly Eyes’

Unstable eye control is where both eyes do not stare steadily at print and can cause letters to blur, dance around the page, double and change their order, confusing the reader and interfering with the correct identification and order of letters.

Visual Stress/Dyslexia

‘Visual Stress’ or ‘Visual Dyslexia' is a neurological problem specifically related to letters and words, where an individual has a reduced ability to make sense of information taken in through the eyes.

White page ‘glare’ and the instability of images of letters and words against a white background can be experienced in a number of ways and the severity and symptoms can vary from one individual to another.

Light sensitivity

Headaches from reading

Shimmering colours appearing on the page

Difficulty in tracking across the page

Letters that double, reverse, flip, fade, blur or go out of focus

Print which appears to jump, move, shimmer or shake - sometimes appearing to move off the page altogether

Crowding of letters

Sentences running into each other

Dr. Sue Fowler of the Dyslexia Research Trust believes that these underlying visual problems suffered by dyslexics are frequently overlooked and after extensive research believes that if these problems were addressed, i.e. steadying visual attention and eye control with the aid of specific shades of either blue or yellow coloured glasses or coloured filters/overlays, reading could be improved significantly. She also believes that adequate spacing between letters, words and lines is also of key importance, as it helps alleviate the effect of ‘fusing’ and ‘crowding’ of letters.

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