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Can coloured lenses solve reading problems?

One of the most common ‘interventions’ for reading difficulties that we encounter in secondary schools is the use of coloured overlays or specially tinted glasses. This practice is based on the claim that reading difficulties in some students arise from a perceptual-motor problem, which means that certain visual backgrounds (eg white paper with black ink) make it difficult for students to identify and track symbols on the printed page. Last weekend I came across an optician’s practice which claimed to provide ‘dyslexia testing’. Further reading…

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