Recently there has been a lot of articles on dyslexia and iPhones. A dyslexic had said that he could read easier on an iPhone and that has triggered many articles on how iPhones can help solve the problems of a dyslexic.
I spoke with my son, Hakim, on this and he said that he has been reading many story books on his iPod Touch. My son Hakim isn’t dyslexic, but he did say that he finds it easier to read on an iPhone because of the following reasons:
1. The column width is short and therefore easy to read. It is more difficult to read the normal articles on a computer as the width is very long.
2. The spacing is generous and you don’t get lost and miss lines.
3. You can set the contrast and the colours of the fonts and background.
4. Font size can be adjusted to a size suitable for the reader.
5. You will not skip pages.
The above advantages are already catered for by a program called Tofu. Tofu addresses the common problems faced by people reading from a computer screen.
Text is very wide on a computer screen. This makes going from the end of a line to the beginning of the next line very difficult. In Tofu, text is arranged in columns, much like in newspapers. These lines are narrow and easy on the eyes as they require less eye movements to read. For example, by copying this text you’re reading now into Tofu, it would be broken down into three columns.
Another advantage of Tofu is that there is no scrolling down as compared with iPhone, you only scroll to the right (for the next page), or to the left (for the previous).
The above advantages are already catered for in most magazines (Readers digest for instance) and in newspapers.
Though Tofu is only available for Macs, there is a similar program called Stanza which can be used on Windows. So dyslexic or not you can use the Tofu application or Stanza to render any articles more readable by dividing them into columns.
As for reading from books, cut out a one inch wide card and place it under the line your student is reading. He will not skip a line if he uses this card as a guide. One he is used to this you may take away the card and ask him to place the left index finger on the line he is reading and move the finger one line lower when he has reached the end of the sentence.
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