How it works

Eye movements can offer us a valuable insight into the complex cognitive and linguistic processes behind reading. Using the latest in eye tracking technology to measure when, where, and how children’s eyes move in relation to the words they are reading, we can pick up on minor differences in the way their brains process text.

The eyes of a child with a high reading attainment generally move through a passage of text with short, quick movements, whereas those of a child with a low reading attainment tend to move much slower, and they may fixate upon individual words. By studying such differences in saccadic movement and fixation time we can quickly evaluate how effectively the main processes involved with reading work together.

Able to determine every pupil’s reading attainment in a matter of minutes, our assessment not only helps identify children with reading difficulties, such as Dyslexia before they have even developed their full communication skills, but also enables teachers to accurately assess children with extremely low literacy capabilities.

The assessment has also been able to offer a fresh perspective when it comes pointing to children’s specific problem areas, some of which can be easily addressed, such as issues with reading speed, difficulties with certain sounds, or simply a lack of confidence with reading aloud.

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