Based in Lancaster and developed by Ascentis, a charity and awarding body, IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning) is a cloud based intervention software specifically intended to significantly improve the literacy skills of pupils with dyslexia and dyslexic type tendencies. Easy to use and set-up, it provides multi-sensory stimulation to engender pupils to think independently. Competitively priced, IDL is offered as a learning resource for all educational institutions in the UK.
Understanding the issues that this group of students face is central to the success of this software. The bright colourful graphics of some programs has been shown to be a distracting influence, therefore IDL uses muted scenes to allow the words to be the main focus. Results show that after only 26 hours of use, pupils’ reading and spelling ages increase by 10 months.
Using a multi-sensory approach to learning allows pupils to use sight, sound, touch and voice to make improvement is understanding literacy strengthening visual, auditory and tactile pathways. Individually tailoring learning increases the success of the process. Pupils can choose how the program looks decreasing personal stressors. The bespoke nature of the learning experience also means pupils can work alone or as part of a group.