Can Mobile Screens be a Dyslexics Secret Weapon?

by Rich on July 26, 2012 · 1 comment

Recently, the University of Michigan published an article on how screens on mobile phones or tablets may be a reading aid for dyslexics. The theory has been recently tested, and will continue to be tested in order to determine whether or not screens on these devices are helpful.

Dr. Matthew Schneps, an avid researcher working in conjunction with the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute for Astrophysics is getting support from a grant that was provided from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This grant was given to support the research that smaller screens could help those with dyslexia read better.

The interesting part about this research is that Dr. Schneps is a dyslexic reader, and has a vested interested in studying what could help dyslexic’s read better. This article states that Dr. Schneps and his fellow researchers will be working over the next one to two years to get this research published for all to see.

The study is researching apps like GoodReader, with a 42 point font. This large size font means that there is less on the page to read, but due to the size someone with dyslexia would be able to read it with ease. It sounds simple and in theory it would be believed that it would work for all readers, however research like this generally requires several individuals to be tested.

Dr. Schneps refers to this particular method as Span-Limiting Tactile Reinforcement, as he says that manually moving text is what boosts the concentration for these dyslexic readers. This method also would be helpful in that it helps readers keep their gaze fixed to the top of tablet or mobile device rather than trying to scan an entire screen, which can be overwhelming.

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