E-readers may aid dyslexics?

Prashant Vadgaonkar
Filed on September 29, 2013

AND NOW THERE is a new study which highlights a till date unknown benefit of e-readers they could aid dyslexics with their reading!

All of us are enamoured by the obvious benefits of e-readers such as the ability to carry numerous books in one, the easy pagination, ability to zoom and pan in and out at ease and so on. But now there is one more benefit — as per a new study led by Matthew H. Schneps of the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Laboratory for Visual Learning dyslexic readers are able to read more easily, rapidly and with clearer understanding by reading short lines on e-reader devices.

The research team claims that about 5-17 per cent of all readers face reading challenges on account of dyslexia and a lot of such cases involve visual attention deficit syndrome, which is an inability to focus on specific letters or words within lines of text. Dyslexia also is due issues in comprehending letters scattered within words. The team claimed that dyslexics are able to address the challenges by reducing visual distractions within the text, by reading short lines on an e-reader.

A test carried out on about 100 odd dyslexic children in Boston proved that they could read easily and faster from e-readers than from paper. Especially, the students with visual attention deficiency syndrome showed significant improvements in speed as well as overall comprehension of the matter they read! Kindle, Nook and the other e-readers may well become a learning solution and educational tool to assist dyslexics, in future.

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