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 Aesop’s Fables, The Animal Kingdom, and Creative Problem Solving by Kathryn Hegeman.
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 texts using a dyslexic-friendly font. Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children and More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children feature large type and wider than normal space between the lines, as well as the dyslexic-friendly font. In addition, many of the puzzles in these books are in pictorial form so that they can be used by children who cannot yet read to develop their thinking and math skills.
For parents and educators concerned about meeting the educational needs of students with visual processing issues, 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.