Update September 2015
After the first study in July, a second and third replication will be carried out at Sydney University during the upcoming September School Break (starting on the 21st) and in January 2016, before schools open.
A project funded by the European Commission is currently being conducted in Australia by Dr. Piergiorgio Trevisan, a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney, Faculty of Education and Social Work.
The main aim of the study is to identify practices for improving dyslexic children’s reading abilities, starting from recent discoveries and scientific publications in the field: some scientists, both in Australia and in Europe, have correlated dyslexia to a visual attention difficulty, and have tried to train children’s attention by using some video games. The role of ad-hoc video games for learning and for training some brain functions has been acknowledged over the last ten years, and early evidence suggests that some video applications have been used successfully to assist with some difficulties.
In Italy, there has been a study in which some children were asked to play some video games for nine days (80 minutes a day), achieving promising results. Consequently, this innovative approach has aroused considerable interest among dyslexia researchers worldwide, potentially representing an important step in future dyslexia treatments (children-friendly and, at the same time, effective).
The same study will be carried out in Australia in the next months (probably during school breaks in June-July and September-October, but timing can be negotiated), and your child is kindly invited to participate in this important research project.
The activities will be carried out at the University of Sydney for nine consecutive days (Monday to Friday). Each meeting will last 80 minutes (with a 10-minute break after 40 minutes): your child will just be asked to play some video games (non-violent) under adult supervision provided by the researchers. The children will be asked to come for some general reading tests before the intervention starts, and after the intervention ends, when the same tests will be carried out to investigate the outcomes.
Each participant will receive a cinema voucher at the end of the study and snacks and drinks during the sessions. Additionally, any effort will be done to refund parking fees totally or at least partially.
To participate in the study or for any questions you may have, please feel free to contact Dr Piergiorgio Trevisan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at his mobile number 0421 948 022 at any time. Dr. Piergiorgio Trevisan is available for meeting the families before the study starts.
Piergiorgio Trevisan, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Marie Curie Fellow
Education Building A35, Room 716 | The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006
T +61 2 9114 1362 | | M +61 421 948022