Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Round 2. The effects of optimisation on a dyslexic student ( Dyslexia specialist)

Round 2. The effects of optimisation on a dyslexic student ( Dyslexia specialist)

The last post on this student (Dyslexia specialist actually) concerned the optimisation of her computer screen.

It was clear that in addition to optimising the computer screen that she had uncorrected but correctable visual/refractive issues. 

These may have been contributing to her need for a large font.  An appointment was made  with an optometrist who specialises in working with people experiencing difficulties with text.

A diagnosis shows that we were correct in identifying an astigmatism problem in both eyes. Her new glasses will correct for this. In addition a prism correction has been prescribed for both eyes. A ‘light sensitivity’ was recognised with the suggestion that a ‘grey’ tint be placed in the spectacles.

The glasses (without any tint) will now be used for a few weeks together with her overlays and precise computer screen settings.

What will happen next?

We will meet again and reassess
  1. her optimal font size
  2. Her optimal screen settings
  3. Her visual attention span/ characters per fixation and eye movement management following this optometric correction.

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Research on Visual attention span will be reported here as well as we move into the spring and summer.

( apologies to my many American readers re.  'optimisation'... In the UK we use the S rather than the Z in many words..  Language is fun!)'

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