A study shows that e-readers make reading easier for dyslexics, allowing them to comprehend text and read with pleasure. Here’s another example of technology helping people. In this case, people who struggle with dyslexia.

For some, the act of reading a book can be dispiriting. Matthew Schneps, Director of the Laboratory for Visual Learning at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics says, “I’ll open the book and I’ll start reading it. And then I’ll very quickly realize, you know, I’m never going to get through this thing, and I just give up”. However, when Schneps reads on a small handheld device, like a smartphone, he realizes that he is able to get through it and he is able to read with pleasure. He is relieved of the sense of dread that often accompanies trying to read on paper.

Schneps found he isn’t alone. This isn’t just anecdotal. Schneps has published a new study in the journal PLOS ONE. It shows that some people with dyslexia are able to read faster and comprehend more, using a small e-Reader. What’s key, Schneps says, is displaying fewer words on the screen – maybe just two or three per line.

Schneps says, “It’s like blinders on a horse. You’re kind of limiting the distractions around you and focusing on the words you’re trying to read at the moment”. Schneps cautions this won’t work for all people with dyslexia. But with the ubiquity of smartphones, he says testing this out is just a tap or two away.

 

This article is from NPR. Read the full article here.

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