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While trying to overcome dyslexia, it’s nice to have a little help.  These are some tools that can make life easier.

  1. BulletTinted Transparencies Researchers have found that black letters placed on a stark, white background can make it more difficult for dyslexics to read the letters.  Placing a tinted transparency over the page can reduce the contrast, making it easier to read the page and focus on the letters.  Better yet, using tinted paper is quite helpful.



  1. BulletLighting  Some types of lighting, like fluorescent, have been proven to affect dyslexics.  Fluorescent lighting can make it more difficult for dyslexics to read and may even cause headaches or trigger migraines.



  1. BulletStraight edge Rulers, transparencies with solid-color strips and other similar tools can help dyslexics keep reading in a straight line so that letters will stand still a little better.  As added assistance, placing arrows that point from left to right can be useful, particularly to beginning readers.



  1. BulletImages to go with the words Images can help dyslexics determine context, and that can make reading less frustrating.



  1. BulletCreative outlet A creative outlet can help dyslexics practice their talents and boost their self-esteem.  They often are required to read to learn more about their favorite hobbies, and when they read materials that discuss something that interests them, it feels less like a chore and more like something worth the incredible amount of effort.

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Font and background changes can make a huge difference to children with dyslexia.  Try out a few font and background color combinations by clicking here.