Does your child have trouble with dyslexia? Help might come in the way of a gadget you already own: your Kindle, iPad or other e-reading device.

In a new study, researchers from the Science Education Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics found that dyslexic students who struggled with reading were able to pick up the pace of their sight-word reading and overall could read faster on e-readers. And those with limited visual attention spans had better comprehension when using such a device.

Researchers think the short lines of text and the ability to zoom in on just a few words at a time on electronic devices may help some dyslexic readers read faster and attain better comprehension with what they do read.

"If people are struggling to read they may want to try to simply blow the text up in their small computer-like device to see if having fewer words helps," lead researcher Dr. Matthew Schneps told BBC News in an interview.

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