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dc.contributor.authorHenderson, L.M.
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, R.H.
dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Brendan T.
dc.contributor.authorGriffiths, P.G.
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-28T15:15:03Z
dc.date.available2016-10-28T15:15:03Z
dc.date.issued2014-08
dc.identifier.citationHenderson LM, Taylor RH, Barrett BT and Griffiths PG (2014) Treating reading difficulties with colour [Editorial]. BMJ. 349: g5160en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/10146
dc.descriptionyesen_US
dc.description.abstractAround 3-6% of children in the United Kingdom have substantial difficulties learning to read, a condition often referred to as dyslexia. They are at high risk of educational underachievement. In a 1996 editorial in The BMJ, Margaret Snowling argued that dyslexia is a verbal (not a visual) disorder.1 An accumulation of evidence supports this position and shows that reading difficulties are best dealt with by interventions that target underlying weaknesses in phonological language skills and letter knowledge.2 The 2009 Rose report, which provides guidance for professionals in schools on identifying and teaching young people with dyslexia and reading difficulties, stresses the importance of early, phonological interventions.3 Despite this evidence, dyslexia is often associated with subjective experiences of visual distortions that lead to discomfort during reading (sometimes termed visual stress). It has been argued that these symptoms can be alleviated by using coloured overlays and lenses.4 Symptoms of visual stress are not unique to dyslexia, and proponents do not claim that the use of colour directly addresses the underlying cause of the reading difficulty. However, they argue that the reduction in visual distortion brought about by a change in colour can improve reading accuracy and fluency.4en_US
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dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5160en_US
dc.rights© 2014 The Authors. Published by BMJ. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.en_US
dc.subjectReading difficulties; Coloured lenses; Coloured overlaysen_US
dc.titleTreating reading difficulties with colour [Editorial]en_US
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dc.typeEditorialen_US
dc.type.versionPublished versionen_US
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