Dyslexia and Royal Fireworks Press
Dyslexia has been a concern for us at Royal Fireworks Press since our founding, and that concern is reflected in our publishing in a variety of ways. In all of our books, we have favored two spaces after the period at the end of sentences; that makes the sentences easier to comprehend for people with some visual processing issues. We also have used larger type fonts, more space between the lines, and wider margins with shorter lines of text than many other publishers. In our student books, we have been generous with white space, and for younger children we have put smaller amounts of text on a page to ensure that those with visual processing difficulties have a better chance of being able to understand the material. All of our curricula reflect this emphasis, whether it is the first years of the Michael Clay Thompson language arts texts, the early Western philosophy texts by Sharon Kaye and Eastern philosophy texts by Ingrid Klass, the Latin curriculum by Frances Spielhagen, or many of our books for young readers.
An important step that we have taken toward helping dyslexic children in their struggles with reading is to offer a package of workbooks designed by Dr. Kenneth A. Lane to help dyslexic people with reading proficiency. During a career that spanned four decades, Dr. Lane worked with thousands of children who were experiencing reading difficulties because of visual processing anomalies. He developed a series of exercises to aid children in increasing their processing speed and accuracy. Eventually he published the exercises in workbooks that have been used by optometrists and other specialists providing vision therapy. We have helped Dr. Lane to revise these workbooks to make them friendly for parents and caregivers to use with their children, arranging them in packages based on the nature of the visual problem that they address. One of those packages is a Dyslexia Package, which includes nine workbooks offered together at a discounted price. At a fraction of the cost, it is now possible for families to provide vision therapy for their children.
Unfortunately, although people can learn to alleviate some of the symptoms of dyslexia, it is not a condition that can be cured. For those young children who struggle with it, we are also publishing some of our books using a dyslexia-friendly font. We are publishing an increasing number of books in this font as special editions so that more children with reading difficulties can enjoy our offerings.
The most noteworthy additions to this collection of books are two series that have been carefully crafted specifically for children with reading disorders or problems. The first is the Lennie Miller Dyslexia Series, which is a set of seven books for children in middle and high school that, combined, comprise a novel titled Night of the Paranormal Patterns. The seven parts incorporate several special features—including the dyslexia-friendly font, QR codes linking to audio of the book being read aloud, and optional flashcards for further study—that will make them a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any child who struggles with reading difficulties.
The second set of books is an American history series for elementary and middle school-age children called the Adventures on the American Frontier Dyslexia Series. This collection is actually comprised of several smaller series. Like Lennie Miller, each of these smaller series, consisting of anywhere from four to ten parts, makes up a single novel, although each part also works as a standalone book. The books are set in the dyslexia-friendly font and contain QR codes so that readers can follow along as the books are narrated, enabling children to learn the words they are seeing. This exciting new series is currently in progress, with new small series being added regularly as they are completed. It is an excellent way to introduce children to many of the people who helped to shape this great nation, many of whom never appear in traditional history textbooks.
For parents and educators concerned about meeting the educational needs of students with visual processing problems, Dr. Michael Postma has written a book that provides a great deal of guidance and useful information. The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students explores a variety of disabilities and disorders and offers concrete ways that educators and parents can make accommodations for the students who have them.