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Resources for Dyslexia
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 favor 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 use 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 are generous with white space, and for younger children, we 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. Virtually all of our books reflect this emphasis, particularly our curricula for younger children.
To help dyslexic children with their reading proficiency, we offer a special package of vision therapy workbooks designed by Dr. Kenneth A. Lane. Dr. Lane, a pioneering developmental optometrist, has developed a series of exercises to aid children in increasing their processing speed and accuracy. Originally for optometrists and other specialists, these exercises have been adapted for parents and other caregivers to use with their children, enabling them to provide effective vision therapy at home.
Vision therapy can help dyslexic children overcome their struggles with reading.
Books Printed in a Dyslexia-Friendly Font
Unfortunately, although people can learn to alleviate some of the symptoms of dyslexia, it is not a condition that can be cured. For those children who struggle with it, we offer some of our titles in a special dyslexia version. This version includes a dyslexia-friendly font called OpenDyslexic, as well as formatting features such as wide margins and generous space between the lines of text. We publish these editions as part of our ongoing effort to make our books accessible to everyone who wants to read them.
Books in a Dyslexia-Friendly Font for Young Children
Collections of Books in a Dyslexia-Friendly Font for Middle-Grade Children
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 useful information and guidance. The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students explores a variety of disabilities and disorders and offers ways that adults can make accommodations for the children who have them.