The effect of eye tracking problems on a child with dyslexia
It is quite common for children with dyslexia to complain about the words or lines moving when reading, and for them to regularly skip over the smaller words like is, if, at, a, be, I etc.
If you haven’t already done so please try the reading simulation before going on.
As you can see, the lines are not straight, the words are broken in random places and letters from some words are attached to other words. This makes reading difficult at the best of times. Adding the additional challenges of dyslexia and you will probably have a very stressed and frustrated child. This frustration results in higher levels of the stress hormones that produce the ’fight or flight’ response. The flow-on impact results in the child being unable to concentrate as well as they otherwise could, and being fidgety and exhausted from the effort of understanding what others seem to be breezing through. This often results in the child feeling ’dumb’ or ‘stupid’, and in an endeavor to escape this they will do whatever they need to in order to avoid the reading task. At home this will often be seen in avoiding homework by refusal, or finding other things to do, or leaving it at school so they don’t have to do it.
It is also possible for some children that the reading difficulty due to improperly tracking eyes is actually resulting in dyslexic symptoms, when they do not actually have dyslexia. This may be why some children with diagnosed dyslexia have improved their reading significantly after doing the Eye Tracker program. It may also be that children with dyslexia ranging from mild to severely affected will have reading issues compounded by eye tracking problems. By resolving the eye movement issues you will improve the chances of success of other support and remedial programs available for children with dyslexia.
In addition to this, a part of the brain called the cerebellum is involved with coordinating eye movements. In ‘rewiring’ the cerebellum for eye movements, it is also possibly ‘rewiring’ it for reading at the same time.