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such as Dyslexia and Meares-lrlen (Scotopic Sensitivity) Syndrome, affect
a significant number of people. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading
difficulty - it is estimated that one in 10 children is dyslexic.
by a reading disorder can be a daunting and frustrating experience for
a child and, if not properly addressed, might lead to low self-esteem
and underachievement in adult life. At the same time, children with dyslexia
are often characterized by above average intelligence and can excel if
given proper attention and assistance. History is full of examples of
great people who have overcome dyslexia to achieve enormous success -
George Washington and Albert Einstein being probably the most famous.
has consistently shown that people with reading disorders can benefit
from specifically designed reading tuition and improve their reading skills
and ability to process information at any age.
The earlier the
problem is diagnosed and addressed, the better chances of success.
According to the International Dyslexia Association,
74% of the children who are poor readers in 3rd grade remain poor readers
in the 9th grade. This means that they cannot read well as adults.
more research is being conducted into the field and some proven
methods of instruction and techniques that are effective in dyslexia reading
instruction have emerged.
See how RocketReader makes reading easier for dyslexics
RocketReader software uses
special features and techniques to make reading easier
for dyslexics and others affected by reading difficulties.
You can control the appearance of your exercise window by picking from a
selection of visual templates that automatically set the font colors,
type face and spacing. The templates have been especially designed for
users with various reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD
and visually impaired readers (as per RNIB's recommendations).
|Dyslexia - Color GrP GB - Blue
||British Dyslexia Assoc. - Yellow
contrasting text/background color combinations to improve text readability
has been supported by a number of studies (Arditi, A. 2003, Irons,
In addition to choosing from a variety of templates,
RocketReader allows you to pick from a palette of contrasting colors or
even set your own custom colors. It is now a well known and researched
fact that people with reading difficulty often find that using colored
eyeglasses and tinted contact lenses assists their reading (Meares,
O. 1980, Irlen, H. 1983, Wilkins AJ, 1993). The use of colored overlays
(sheets of translucent or transparent colored plastic placed over a
page) has also proven beneficial (Wilkins, A.J.,1994, Tyrrell, R.
et al., 1995, Wilkins et al., 2001)
You can change fonts in all RocketReader exercises and even in the popup
dialogs! You can also select the line spacing e.g. 1.5 or 2 spacing.
According to Irons, P. (2003) text should be at least 12 point and
preferably with increased character spacing as these additional elements
have been shown to reduce some of the visual disturbances.
Grouping and Speed
Training exercises all use the principle of displaying a limited
number of words at a time. In combination with
the ability to control speeds, this gives you the total control over
the pace of your exercise. This allows you to exercise "as fast
as you can but as slow as you need to", which is consistent with
the principles of the Orton-Gillingham
Some recent research (Florer F.L.,
Hunter-Khan J.M., 2000) suggests
that changes in reading rate that result from letter spacing are attributable
to the detection of word boundaries and not the visibility of letters.
and Grouping exercises
train the reader's eye to better distinguish word boundaries, thus improving
the fluency of reading.
Allows you to determine the Grade Level of the texts you read, thus
ensuring you practice on texts of adequate complexity.
Poor comprehension is a known problem associated with reading disorders.
RocketReader exercises are followed by comprehension
tests designed to measure how much a reader understood and remembered
about the text that was read. This helps to ensure that increase in reading
speed is accompanied by adequate comprehension rates.
- rich selection of practice
readings targeted at various age groups (age seven to adult
- ability to use your own documents or web resources in the training exercises
- lesson statistics for teachers and parents
- customizable "look and feel".
- Open RocketReader by double clicking on the RocketReader icon on
- Login with your username and password
- Click on the Custom Lesson button in the Lesson window
- Click on the Settings button in the Skills window. (The Settings
button is next to the Exit button).
- Click on the Text tab
- Click on the arrow next to the Learning Difficulties field
- Choose your dyslexia color/settings from the drop down list
- Click on the OK button
Your dyslexia color/settings preference will now be applied to all RocketReader exercises.
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for People with Partial Sight", (Lighthouse International) Available:
http://www.lighthouse.org/print_leg.htm (Accessed: 2003, July)
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People with Partial Sight", (Lighthouse International) Available:
http://www.lighthouse.org/print_leg.htm (Accessed: 2003, July)
Florer F.L., Hunter-Khan J.M. (2000) The changes in reading rate that result
from letter spacing are attributable to the detection of word boundaries,
and not the visibility of letters.
Irlen H. Successful treatment of learning difficulties. in 91st Annual Convention
of the American Psychological Association. August 1983. Anaheim, CA.
Irons, P. (2003) "Tintavision Research Papers", (Tintavision Ltd.)
Available: http://www.tintavision.com/sci_papers.htm (Accessed: 2003,
Irons, P. (2003) "Colour backgrounds and filters", (Tintavision Ltd.)
Email discussion, June 2003 from firstname.lastname@example.org.
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