People suffering from dyslexia may improve their reading speed and comprehension while reading online, suggests a study.
According to the study, electronic devices may help those with dyslexia as while e-reading only a few words per line are visible. This makes people with dyslexia read more easily, quickly and with greater comprehension
Electronic reading is growing in popularity as convenient alternatives to traditional books.
An element in many cases of dyslexia is called a visual attention deficit. It is marked by an inability to concentrate on letters within words or words within lines of text. Another element is known as visual crowding – the failure to recognize letters when they are cluttered within the word.
Short lines on an e-reader help alleviating these issues and promote reading by reducing visual distractions within the text.
“At least a third of those with dyslexia we tested have these issues with visual attention and are helped by reading on the e-reader,” said Matthew H Schneps, director of the Laboratory for Visual Learning at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and lead author of the research.
“For those who don’t have these issues, the study showed that the traditional ways of displaying text are better,” said Schneps.
The researchers tested the reading comprehension and speed of 103 students with dyslexia at the Landmark High School in Boston. Reading on paper was compared with reading on small hand-held e-reader devices.
The use of an e-reader significantly improved speed and comprehension in many of the students.
The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.