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Tom’s Story

Synopsis
Until the age of 14, Tom’s teachers had labelled him a ‘slow learner’ due to his inability to read, despite eye tests revealing his vision was normal. Four years ago he was diagnosed as having Meares-Irlen Syndrome (a dyslexia-related neurological condition also known as Visual Stress) which means that text on a page multiplies in a random, unfocused way, making reading headache-inducing and exhausting. However, once diagnosed it can be ameliorated by using an appropriately coloured overlay or tinted-lens glasses which make text appear more stable and reading much easier. Tom had struggled through school but now, with a string of GCSEs and having started a degree course in architecture, things are looking up. His life has been transformed with a pair of blue-tinted precision glasses which stop the text jumping about and blurring on the page. (20 minutes)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2009
Subjects
Education; Psychology
Keywords
educational psychology; neurological disorders; reading disorders; teaching reading; visual perception; Mearles-Irlen Syndrome; Visual Stress

Online availability

URI
http://info.teachers.tv/teacherstvlz//lz.aspx?p1=05176061S484&CC=&w=7023&cID=0&cValue=1
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Distributor

Name

Teachers’ TV

Email
info@teachers.tv
Web
http://www.teachers.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7182 7430
Address
6-18 Berners Street
London
W1T 3LN
Notes
Funded by the Department for Education, Teachers’ TV was a producer and supplier of over 3,600 free videos and lesson resources to support the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Previously broadcast on digital television, the service became exclusively online from 31 August 2010, with programmes being available for free online viewing or download. Thge DfE terminated the contract with Teachers TV and delivery via the website ceased on 29 April 2011, with the programmes being offered to educational distributors free online delivery. Further details from the DfE website Until 29 April 2011 programmes from Teachers Television were streamed on the website and available for download to registered users (free registration). Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers in all subject areas, as well as headteachers and governors, and include observation of teaching sessions, materials for use in the classroom and discussion of issues relevant to education. Teachers TV was funded by the Department for Education but the contract ended in April 2011 and the programmes are being offered to educational distributors to deliver free at the point of use from their websites. Details of which titles are available in this way are on the DfE website http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/toolsandinitiatives/teacherstv

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