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How Colored Lenses Help Dyslexia
Posted May 15, 2012 By Dallas Child Magazine

A Facebook friend recently posted that her daughter read Mr. Popper’s Penguins (all 139 pages) in two days.

The girl is 5.

Reading, it seems, has become the new status measure with parents. We boast when our little ones acquire the skill early and fret when they pick it up late, or, worse, not at all.

But for millions of kids, reading does not come easy. In fact, 15-20 percent of children suffer from a language-based learning disability, according to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC).

Take Hunter, who is now 14. He was diagnosed with dyslexia, the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties, in second grade. His mom, Sara Bridges, says, despite special education, Hunter has never passed the math portion of the TAKS test, and barely eeked by on the other sections. He would write without a break between words and insert the wrong punctuation. He’d pick up magazines but only to look at the pictures.

Bridges heard about a U.S. trial to test a new lens technology that can be used as a tool for reading disorders sometimes associated with dyslexia and color blindness. Not knowing the details of the study, and desperate to help her son, she requested for him to be included.

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