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Using Colored Overlays Can Help Overcome Dyslexia Symptoms

November 13th, 2013


Today, I want to describe one facet of a two-pronged approach we use 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:

  1. When you read, is it comfortable or is it painful?
  2. Do you get headaches from reading?
  3. Do you get nauseous?
  4. Do you get sleepy or drowsy from reading?
  5. Do the words seem to move?
  6. 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.

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.

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 Terry is an expert with quick learning activities for those with learning challenges.

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