Colour Brings Clarity for Dyslexia


Colour is helping to overcome reading disorders such as dyslexia, according to novel research at the University of Essex.

Professor Arnold Wilkins of the university’s Psychology Department is one of the first researchers to investigate the potential of colour. Pictured, he is helping a young girl with dyslexia to find the most suitable colour to improve her reading ability. The shade has to be selected with precision in order to obtain beneficial results.

Following the discovery that coloured overlays help children with reading problems, he has developed a range of such overlays and lenses which, in combination, reveal how children react positively to a wide range of colours and shades. The overlays are sheets of coloured plastic film suitable for placing over a page of text.

Studies in a number of schools suggest that the overlays help reduce reading distortions and make the printed text easier to read. They have also shown that their use has a beneficial effect on reading fluency, improving the reading speed of at least five per cent of children by more than 25 per cent. This beneficial effect is even evident among children who have not previously reported any reading problems.

For more information, contact Professor Arnold Wilkins at the University of Essex, England, at: (44) 1206-872381; fax: (44) 1206-873590.


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