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4 July 2005 PR 05/68

Experts reveal new tool to demonstrate dyslexia

A team of experts at Loughborough University has developed a new pack of resources to help explain dyslexia and provide an insight into what dyslexics often experience. With dyslexia affecting up to 10% of the population*, it is vital that teachers at schools and colleges understand this specific learning difficulty, in order to provide appropriate support to dyslexic students and assist them in achieving their potential.

Despite an increased awareness of dyslexia over recent years, few people have a real understanding of what it is like to live with dyslexia. To tackle this problem, experts in dyslexia education have designed a new pack of resources – DyslexSim** – to help boost understanding of dyslexia in education and the workplace.

The pack contains innovative computer software that simulates the visual perceptual difficulties often associated with dyslexia, as well as a range of practical hands-on activities to help boost understanding of different aspects of the specific learning difficulty.

“Making learning materials accessible to all learners is extremely important, but it can be difficult where there is a poor understanding of what dyslexia is”, says Dr Nigel Beacham, co-author of DyslexSim**. “DyslexSim** provides a powerful tool to help explain dyslexia easily, by showing visual examples of what someone with dyslexia may experience”, he continues.

The selection of activities provided are easy to implement and can either be used as stand alone materials or combined to suit individual circumstances. Additional case study information offers valuable information about how to identify and understand dyslexia, explain it to others, and deal with individuals with dyslexia.

“DyslexSim** provides a convincing demonstration of the visual processing difficulties that many dyslexic, and some non-dyslexic, people experience,” says Ellen Morgan, Dyslexia Support Co-ordinator at City University and Chair of the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education. “DyslexSim** is a very useful tool for staff development sessions, particularly for convincing the remaining sceptics!,” she concludes.

Dr David Pollak, Principal Lecturer in Learning Support at De Montfort University, adds:

“DyslexSim** is a unique and valuable addition to staff development literature. The generous supply of copyable materials is a particular strength of this kit, on top of the brilliant originality of the simulations.”

**Please note that this product is no longer available. (updated on: 24/3/2010)

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* statistics from British Dyslexia Association

Notes to editors

1. DyslexSim** has received considerable interest from a broad spectrum of practitioners, ranging from specialist teachers and schools to counselling and mental health services.

Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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