26 September 2013

New research from the USA has indicated that people with dyslexia, which is one of the most common learning difficulties affecting many children in UK schools, may be helped to read more effectively by using electronic devices.

Having compared 100 pupils reading both printed matter and on e-readers, the researchers from the Science Education Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics concluded that presenting short lines of text on e-readers to some people with dyslexia may help to improve both their reading speed and their comprehension.

It seems that making visual adjustments to the text is helpful to pupils with dyslexia and that a key factor is having fewer words on a line as they report that it helps them to focus on each word.

Although these sorts of adjustments may also be applicable to paper or other forms of presentation such as school whiteboards, it is easier to adjust the size of font, spacing, colour and so on using an electronic device.