Why KAZ was developed
SEN teachers advised us that 10% of their students, the majority suffering from dyslexia, were experiencing visual disturbances. They asked if we could help.
We talked to dyslexia experts, most notably Dr. Sue Fowler and her team at the Dyslexia Research Trust, Reading Clinic and Oxford University.
Over the last fifteen years the Trust have carried out extensive research, trials and visual assessments on over 10,000 children.
Evidence suggested that dyslexia was often associated with mild visual impairments and unstable eye control (wobbly eyes) when reading.Visual Disturbances
‘Visual Stress’ or ‘Visual Dyslexia' is a neurological problem, specifically related to letters and words. Individuals have 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 several ways. The severity and symptoms can vary from one individual to another.
Unstable eye control is where both eyes do not stare steadily at print, causing letters to blur, dance around the page, double and change their order. This confuses the reader and interferes with the correct identification and order of letters.
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
Results found that the application of a specific frequency of blue filter to help stabilise letter movement and of yellow, to minimise blurring, were extremely successful in the majority of children suffering with visual disturbances. It had either improved or completely eliminated their problems – resulting in a rapid improvement in reading skills.
The Trust advised us to incorporate these research findings into the KAZ program. They also advised additional specialised features, such as adequate spacing between letters and words, to alleviate the effect of ‘fusing’ and the ‘crowding’ of letters.
So, with further development we produced our specialised SEN/Dyslexia edition. It teaches typing skills, whilst minimising visual disturbances using a unique ‘preference screen. It is suitable for neurodivergent individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD and tourettes, amongst others.