Sports Injuries & Medicine (ISSN: 2576-9596)

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Computer Based Oculomotor Training Improves Reading Abilities in Dyslexic Children: Results from A Pilot Study

Maria Pia Bucci1*, Beatrice Carzola2, Giusy Fiucci3, Cristina Potente2, Laure Caruso3

1UMR1141 INSERM-Université Paris Diderot, 48 Bl. Sérurier. Paris,France

2Centro Leonardo, Via Giovanni Tommaso Invrea, 7. Genoa, Italy

3Suri Cog, 130, rue de Lourmel, Paris, France

*Corresponding authorMaria Pia Bucci, UMR1141 INSERM-Université Paris Diderot, Sérurier. 75019 Paris France.Tel: +33140032479; Email: maria-pia.bucci@inserm.fr

Received Date: 22 December, 2017; Accepted Date: 20 February, 2018; Published Date: 01 March, 2018

1.      Abstract

Poor written-language skills in dyslexia is often lifelong and impairs academic results. A lot of uncertainty still surrounds the question of the appropriate methods of diagnosis and treatment. The purpose of the present study is to validate the hypothesis of a computer-based program for remediation of reading deficits in dyslexic children. The program described in this study consists in four different exercises (rapid naming task, Stroop task, motion perception and saccades) performed fifteen min a day, five days a week, for eight weeks. Sixteen dyslexic Italian children (mean age: 10.2 ± 0.3 years) participated to the study. Reading abilities were tested before and after the oculomotor training by eye movement recordings. Ten over sixteen children significantly reduced reading time and thirteen over sixteen significantly reduced fixation time. These training benefits suggest that a computer - based oculomotor program could be an easy and practical tool for improving reading performance in dyslexic children. Program limitations and future directions are discussed.

1.1.  Highlights 

·      Home computer-based oculomotor training improves dyslexic children’s reading performance.

·      Reading capabilities improvement in dyslexic children by computer-based oculomotor training could be due to visuo-attentional processes controlling eye movements and words comprehension.

2.      Keywords: Dyslexia; Fixations; Oculomotor training; Reading; Saccades; Visuo-attentional mechanisms


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