Many children and adults suffer from visual discomfort when reading. This can affect reading fluency, concentration and comprehension and can cause rapid fatigue. This Visual Stress can cause symptoms such as movement of print, rivers running through the print and headaches/eyestrain.
Visual stress is found to exist in many conditions including:
This example explains how Kent County Council Youth Service works in partnership with Voluntary Action within Kent (VAWK) to provide highly effective ‘buddying’ and mentoring opportunities between non-disabled and disabled young people. This is one of seven case studies about how effective youth work supports young disabled people, published by Ofsted in January 2013
This small survey highlights the key factors underpinning effective joint working across agencies with deaf children and the positive impact that this has had on their lives. The report draws on evidence from good practice case studies and from the views of children and young people, their parents and professionals in three local authorities.
This survey examines the use of nurture groups and related provision in a small sample of 29 infant, first and primary schools. Nurture groups are small, structured teaching groups for pupils showing signs of behavioral, social or emotional difficulties, particularly those who are experiencing disruption or distress outside of school. The survey considers what makes nurture group provision successful and evaluates the impact on the pupils and their families.
The development of ‘pupil voice’ was a key part of Bennerley Field’s journey to improvement. Far from paying lip service to what pupils thought and experienced, the headteacher placed pupils’ voices at the heart of the school’s work. Pupils are now involved in everything from curriculum planning and interviews for staff to classroom design and youth councils. This has had a very positive impact on their academic as well as their personal and social progress.