Stuart is an optometrist & founder of Vision For Learning. He graduated from Auckland University in 1991 with a degree in optometry and a master of science in 1993. He has a specialty interest in students with learning disabilities and has built a system for diagnosing and treating visual and auditory deficits associated with learning delays including dyslexia. His iCept intervention is based on science, clinical observation and working with schools & parents.
In 2005 Stuart visited Professor Burkhart Fischer at the Freiburg University. His research is unique because it shows how visual and auditory skills change with age in dyslexics compared to non-dyslexics which surprisingly few scientists have done. He found that most dyslexics (99%) have a problem with either their visual or auditory development but that such skills can be improved with regular daily training. Most of the training tasks and methods used by iCept are based on the work published by Fischer.
In addition, the iPad application also includes a high quality test that can be used by anyone who has an interest in learning difficulties from parents to educational professionals or researchers. The findings are compared against a normal database of 700 students.
- School SENCO’s
- Specialist Teachers (eg. RTLit’s, RTLB’s, SPELD)
- Educational Psychologists
- Occupational Therapists