E-Readers May Help Dyslexic Children

The study's authors said they are excited about the potential for e-readers to supplement traditional methods of therapy for dyslexic students.

"The high school students we tested...had the benefit of many years of exceptional remediation, but even so, if they have visual attention deficits they will eventually hit a plateau, and traditional approaches can no longer help," said study author Matthew H. Schneps, director of the Laboratory for Visual Learning at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and lead author of the research, in a news release. "Our research showed that the e-readers help these students reach beyond those limits."

Dyslexia is characterized by an inability to concentrate on letters within words, or entire lines of text on a page, and it affects 10 percent of children in the U.S.

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