I have been reading a few articles on dyslexia where it says that some children see words jumping around thus making it difficult for children to read. Not one of my students had complained about words jumping around.
Recently I chanced upon a few parents of dyslexic children who said that their children have used some special glasses which help their children to read. I wrote to a few of the parents and the following is what they said:
1. Yes, my daughter has benefited immensely. She really struggled at school & found learning to read a real mystery. She experienced regular migraines too, double vision & we discovered that the words on the page would overlap & move about, disappear off the page as she was trying to read. With blue filter lenses, her double vision became more stable & words clearer etc & her headaches less. I started a group to raise awareness & have met many people who have found lenses very beneficial. There are some people who do not find them helpful though too. I would always advise a person to go to a reputable optician or specialist because as you say there are some unscrupulous people out there, especially where dyslexia is involved who are just in it to exploit people. I have a colleague who is an optician called John (name changed by me), ( you will find him on my friends list) he specialises in use of colour lenses, I'm sure he would be delighted if you sent him a friend request because he is passionate about dyslexia too & I think it is great to meet other like minded people & share our experiences.
2. Hi, Mary (name changed by me) went for a colour sensitivity test about Sept last year and from this it was clear that she could read 'easier' with a pink coloured overlay, she said that it stopped her letters jumping. She used an overlay for a few weeks and then went for a more specific test at the hospital which pinpointed the exact shade that gave her the most benefit and this was turned into a prescription pair of glasses (as she already used glasses). She finally got those in Feb - there were 1 or 2 mix ups, but she says that they help her a lot.
3. Hello nice to meet you, my son says of the glasses that he finds it very hard to read anything that is black words on white paper but with the glasses he says the words stay still, seem larger and much easier to read. When he fist put them on it was lovely to watch his face light up and he was instantly able to read small text that he would have struggled with before. They also provided him with a card explaining that he had to wear the glasses and they were not sunglasses in case he had trouble with the teachers at school, only one teacher told him to remove the glasses. Unfortunately they were not free and with the test to find the right colour mix they cost nearly £175 !!! But he is very pleased with them and they do make a difference.
Well, the above are three parents who have vouched that those special glasses are useful for their children to read. But hold on before you rush out and buy these special glasses.
I decided to look it up in the internet and came up with the following :
Helen Irlen noted in the early eighties that coloured filters could enhance reading ability in children with reading problems. Olive Meares had observed that some people with dyslexia complained of distortion of print when reading. In recognition of their findings we now call these visual distortions Meares-Irlen Syndrome (MIS).
Meares – Irlen Syndrome is a form of visual stress which leads to difficulties with fine vision tasks such as reading. This eye condition was identified in 1980 by an American psychologist and although the condition is not yet fully understood, it is known to affect reading ability.
The condition affects about 50% of dyslexics, as well as epileptics, migraine sufferers, people with ME and MS, and others. Like dyslexia, it is not curable but can be treated, and significant improvements can be made. For dyslexics, Meares – Irlen can often be the cause of reading difficulty.
The symptoms will have been present throughout your life but some people experience symptoms after a minute of reading, others find the symptoms take longer to appear. The degree of symptoms can also vary from person to person with more marked symptoms creating barriers to successful reading.
General Problems May Include
• Strain working under bright lighting
• Difficulty finding comfortable lighting
• Glare from bright objects
• Eye strain
• Headaches from reading, working at a computer, watching TV, supermarket lighting.
Symptoms Resulting from Reading may include:
• Poor comprehension
• Skips words or lines
• Reads slowly or hesitantly
• Loses place
• Eye Strain
When reading you may see the words:
• Jumping off the page
• Moving around
• Not staying where they are supposed to
I copied the above from the following web sites :
Warning: I regret that I cannot accept responsibility for the sites above or the information found there. When I get more readers who write about the benefits of these special glasses I will include them in my blog.
Meanwhile like it is mentioned above, not all dyslexics require these glasses. Check with your dyslexic child if words seem to be jumping around before you decide to invest your money in these glasses. I have already mentioned that my dyslexic students who had been certified as dyslexic by experts needed no such glasses to read well. They just needed to be instructed in a manner appropriate for them.
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