The dyslexia debate continues

30th September 2005 at 01:00
Professor Julian Elliot's views on dyslexia have sparked a predictably massive reaction (TES Letters, September 16, 23).

As a non-expert and not wishing to pre-judge any future research and terminology on the "disorder", I wonder if there is any clarification for often-used diagnostic terms such as, "visual dyslexia" and scotopic sensitivity syndrome (aka Meares-Irlen Syndrome), the latter recognised as having an association with dyslexia.

These terms are often used by practitioners in the fields of cognitive, perceptual and visual sciences, including opticians. Do they have any validity, particularly for sufferers, carers and parents?

Philip L J Barton 64 Whipton Lane Exeter, Devon

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