Saturday, February 9, 2008

Dyslexia V's Visual Dyslexia

Dyslexia and visual dyslexia result in the same types of reading difficulties. Slow, inaccurate reading that results in poor comprehension of written material is common to both dyslexia and visual dyslexia.
Dyslexia and visual dyslexia are both information processing problems but have different causes. The different causes require different interventions.

Dyslexia or Visual Dyslexia ?

The problem is how someone can determine if an individual's problem results from dyslexia or visual dyslexia.

The most common research based theory of dyslexia is that it is a brain structure problem that interferes with processing the auditory and phonemic information in a normal manner.

This often shows up in speech and comprehension of speech difficulties prior to exposure to reading.This is the child who mixes up words, has trouble with rhyming and sometimes following directions. The inaccurate processing of speech makes learning to read a battle which leads to poor fluency, accuracy and comprehension. When asked to describe a page of print the response from a dyslexic is a clear, focused, uniform and stable page. This indicates that their problem is not visual.

Visual dyslexia is not an auditory or phonemic processing problem.

The visually dyslexic child does not have the speech problems associated with dyslexia of mixing up words, rhyming or following directions. His or her problems show up when difficulties with the visual aspects of reading are

Moving words, missing, transposed or reversed letters and an assortment of other visual problems are what the visually dyslexic child has to battle. When asked how the words on a page look the result is quite different for the visually dyslexic child than the dyslexic child.

I could read if only the words would stop moving or if the words would always look the same are common complaints for the visually dyslexic child.

Visual dyslexics have trouble with reading because they have trouble seeing what is written. With the See Right Dyslexia Glasses all the words on the page will be stable, uniform and in focus. That is why they are called the visual dyslexia solution.
Reading errors caused by visual problems will be eliminated with the See Right Dyslexia Glasses. The visual dyslexic will no longer have to slow down or stop to guess at words. This results in an immediate increase in reading speed, fluency and accuracy.
Spelling will also improve over time as having an accurate visual memory of words makes them easier to remember.

Dyslexia and Visual Dyslexia may co-exist.

When dyslexia and visual dyslexia co-exist it may still be beneficial to have the visual problems removed by the See Right Dyslexia Glasses. If a dyslexic can also describe a visual problem that makes reading difficult that visual problem will still be removed by the glasses. While not a complete solution he or she will no longer have to battle both types of problems when reading.

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1 comment:

Langsford Center said...

Thanks for responding to our recent blog post at Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers, John.

We have also experienced anecdotally that there is a small percentage of dyslexic readers who also have some visual component complicating their success.

And you're right that the research appears to back this up. Here's just one recent scientific article that mentions the visual component:

What we have found is that there are some people who have had the phonological component addressed, yet fluency remains a concern. Some of these clients are experimenting with options such as specially made glasses for dyslexia and report back to us with mixed success.

The jury is still out as to how effective options such as glasses are and we hope that people like you do find ways to help those who do seem to have an additional visual complication that affects their ability to read fluently.

We would love to be updated on any research you may conduct in the future, so be sure to let us know how your work is proceeding.