Using Colored Overlays Can Help Overcome Dyslexia Symptoms
‘Learning to read’ is a bit more complicated than those three words imply. The process of reading is involves many skills: perceiving the written symbols, recognizing that the symbols for letters have meaning and what sounds they represent, decoding them, and then at that point, applying language background, reasoning abilities, and intellectual abilities to finally assign meaning to the sets or groups of symbols (letters in each word).
What can you do to this process of learning to read to make it easier for kids who struggle with dyslexia?
Today, I want to describe one facet of a two-pronged approach we use to to help kids with dyslexia improve their reading and learning skills. We begin by investigating some physical effects that can happen with reading challenges:
Start By Asking These Questions:
- When you read, is it comfortable or is it painful?
- Do you get headaches from reading?
- Do you get nauseous?
- Do you get sleepy or drowsy from reading?
- Do the words seem to move?
- Are the words blurry?
Anyone reading for hours on end or working at the computer extensively can experience tired and strained eyes. I know I do! So if that happens for many of us - just using our eyes for reading extensively, you can bet it happens for kids with dyslexia symptoms who struggle with reading.
Here is where a specific tool I’ve found over the years comes in. I have used colored overlays to help address dyslexia symptoms with many of my students.
- Make it more comfortable for you to read.
- Help your eyes to be in a more relaxed state, making reading easier.
- Reduce distortions of print that some with reading problems face
- Improve reading stamina
- Improve comprehension, because you are able to read more text and make connections in one sitting
Pairing the use of colored overlays with Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills actually improves reading fluency faster than without using the overlays. Use of overlays often allows a struggling reader to perceive words on the page more consistently.
My favorite colored transparencies are of the highest quality. They are thick and sturdy vs. most others that are thin and break easily. These can also be cut into smaller sizes to use with smaller books.
Using colored transparencies in conjunction with the Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills gives you the advantage of using a quick system that improves reading fluency, in only 5 minutes per day. You can also see your daily progress using the included scoring mechanism.
Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is a Learning Disabilities Specialist and Board Certified Educational Therapist. Ms. Terry helps parents identify, understand, and address the underlying causes of their child’s learning problems. Dyslexic, LD and ADHD kids advance 2-4 years in 20 minutes a day with Ms. Terry’s books, games, and guides at BonnieTerryLearning.com. Terry is an expert with quick learning activities for those with learning challenges.