When you hear the word dyslexia, the first thought that comes to your mind may be some type of inversion such as reading backwards. However, dyslexia is more than just that. Dyslexia is a disorder that refers to people with normal intelligence levels who have trouble reading. Though it affects about one in twenty people, the cause has remained somewhat elusive.

For treatment, researchers say the most effective way for dyslexics to become more efficient at reading is to read more. As such, searching for ways to make reading easier for dyslexics has undoubtedly become a primary focus. Ereaders were sought out as a viable prospect.  The conclusion: ebook readers permit certain digital alterations. These can improve the reading comprehension of those who struggle with dyslexia in a variety of different ways.  

Customizing Ebook Readers for Dyslexics

The ability to customize ebook readers makes them an optimal tool for helping those who battle dyslexia. A physical book printed with ink on paper and bound by a hard cover is not too customizable. Plain and simple, with a hard copy of a book, you get what you get.  However, when an ebook reader is used, the ability to change the layout of the book is right at your fingertips.  ChatEbooks lists a few of the many customizations of ebook readers that can benefit the reading experience of dyslexics:

 

Text Spacing

Character spacing can play a significant role in the ability or inability for dyslexics to decipher words correctly.   With ebook readers, this is no longer a concern. You can change the ebook’s text spacing two or three words per line. This can significantly increase the reading speed and comprehension of dyslexics. Dyslexics can read the book without getting the letters confused just by changing the ebook’s text spacing. The result – less visual disorder. This makes it much easier for a person with dyslexia to concentrate on the task in front of them.

Letter Size

Another nifty alteration capability with ebook readers is the text size.  Readers have the option of increasing or decreasing the size of the letters in their ebook.   Studies show that people who suffer from dyslexia can still reach their maximum reading speed. This, at a letter size bigger than that required by others who do not have the disorder. Passages presented in progressively larger letters can affect how quickly and easily dyslexics are able to read.

Font Type

Changing the font type is another way ebook readers can help those with dyslexia improve their reading skills. Certain fonts specifically designed for dyslexic readers. This can make letters such as “b” and “d” harder to confuse with each other. Altering these fonts can play a significant role in a dyslexic person’s ability to read with difficulty or with ease.

Creating a document that is dyslexia-friendly can easily be accomplished.  Changing letter spacing, adjusting font size and limiting word count can happen with just a few taps of your finger. Playing around with the size, spacing, and look of letters is not a direct cure for dyslexia. However, such manipulations are able to help dyslexics read with more ease and more pleasure.

 

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