History to judge dyslexia pioneer

16th July 2004 at 01:00
I write in response to the Analysis article on dyslexia (TES, July 2). I have known Professor David Reynolds for almost 30 years. He is an extremely able and experienced researcher who, by nature, is normally cautious in his judgements about empirical findings.

If David is suggesting that the dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit treatment programme is leading to significant improvements in the treatment of dyslexia, it is worth taking seriously.

Critics may argue that the experiment is unscientific and sample sizes are small. However, they may forget there is the positive subjective data from the parents and children involved in the experimentation who share his optimism.

History is littered with scientific advances which were once scoffed at by peers at the time. After all, didn't some people believe that the world was flat and Magellan was told his ship would fall over the edge of the universe?

Professor Ken Reid Deputy principal Swansea institute of higher education Mount Pleasant Swansea

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