A combination of computerised photic stimuli technology and special needs teachings: A new and efficient method to ameliorate deficits associated with dyslexia
S Bondorowicz, J R Kullok and S Kullok
This paper presents the results of a study into the effects of a combination of special needs teaching and technological intervention for dyslexic individuals. Advanced Learning Sciences have, for the past 18 months, been running a dyslexia centre that combines a new technological intervention, called BrightStar, with traditional special needs teaching. BrightStar is a computer-based application that is designed to facilitate learning by means of photic stimulation of the neural networks of the brain involved with brief, transient visual stimuli. This stimulation is synchronised to an individual’s heart beat allowing the stimuli to be optimally presented with regard to Autonomic Nervous System processes and their connection to attention mechanisms. Independent research has shown that the BrightStar may increase parasympathetic activity along with a shift toward left hemisphere brain processing. These shifts may lead to increased verbal fluency and lexical retrieval. Analysis of 100+ subjects of all ages are presented, showing that the new method results, in less than two months, in highly significant gains on a number of measures traditionally used to assess dyslexic deficits. It is concluded that the BrightStar technology may facilitate the learning process leading to amelioration of a number of deficits associated with dyslexia.
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