Royal Fireworks Publishes for Dyslexic Children
Dyslexia has been a concern for us at Royal Fireworks 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 philosophy texts by Sharon Kaye or Ingrid Klass, the Latin curriculum by Frances Spielhagen, or Aesop’s Fables, Animal Kingdom, and Creative Problem Solving by Kathryn Hegeman.
Now we have taken this two steps further. One step is that we have published our first 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 are in pictorial form so that they can be used by children who cannot yet read to develop their thinking and math skills.
The other important step that we have taken is to team up with Dr. Kenneth A. Lane to offer a vision therapy package of workbooks designed 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 and make them friendly for parents and caregivers to use with their children. At a fraction of the cost, it is now possible for people to provide vision therapy to their children.
We have arranged some of the workbooks in packages to aid parents in choosing which workbooks to use with their children. One of those packages is a Dyslexia package, which includes nine workbooks offered together at a discounted price. See Dyslexia Workbook Package.