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books which are easier for children with Irlens/dyslexia type problems to read

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Periwinkle007 · 10/04/2013 09:55

My daughter is reading well for her age but she has problems with some sort of visual processing. we are still trying to work out what exactly and find some help.

She now has coloured glasses which are helping but we can still see a difference between her reading text on a coloured background and text on a white background (through her glasses, so perhaps she didn't pick the best possible tint for her but she is only 5 so that wouldn't surprise me)

I thought it might help others if I listed the books she has found easier to read and would be grateful if anyone can add to it please. I know there are a couple of Julia Donaldson ones which have been published in a way which is supposed to be easier for dyslexic children but we haven't got these ourselves yet. We have particular issues with some of the school reading scheme books, especially Biff, Chip and Kipper. I am not sure why these in particular but she is much more likely to read words in the wrong order with these.

should say she is reading mainly at book band 9/10 now but some of these books are lower levels.

Winnie the Witch picture books seem very easy for her because in many of them a lot of the pages are printed on coloured backgrounds
Usborne reading scheme books she seems to find clearer and the text stays bigger for longer than it does at the same level in other books.

Some of the Early reader and blue/red banana books seem clearer to her and they too often have coloured backgrounds for some of the pages.

It is actually quite useful to have her read books which have a mix of colour and white backgrounds as it does show up the problems more but the coloured backgrounds give her a bit of a rest.

Does anyone have any other suggestions of books we could look at? It is hard because font gets so much smaller at this sort of level and that makes it more difficult for her to focus her eyes without getting tired. She CAN do it so it isn't a case of she isn't able to, but she can only sustain it for a short amount of time before the eye rubbing and watering start. Hopefully her glasses (only had them 10 days) will continue to help but I want to limit her frustration about it all as much as possible and she does enjoy reading. She has read 7 early reader/blue and red banana and usborne first readers since we picked up her glasses last week)

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pipsqueakz · 10/04/2013 21:42

My son is dyslexic and colour blind but found yellow gels work well for him

thewhistler · 10/04/2013 22:00

There is a publisher who does short books for dyslexic kids, but of course I can't recall who they are. Google or email the dyslexia association.

Hadagutsful · 10/04/2013 22:10

The publisher is Barrington Stoke Smile

Periwinkle007 · 11/04/2013 08:06

I had no idea Barrington Stoke did special books. thanks for that tip

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Leeds2 · 12/04/2013 11:19

The BS books for older primary and senior school children are printed on cream paper, and are in a different font to the one normally used. I have never seen any books published by them for reception age children, but I would think they probably do. Certainly worth a check!

Periwinkle007 · 12/04/2013 12:44

thanks - I think because her reading age is 7+ some of the Barrington Stoke ones will be fine, certainly the Julia Donaldson 2 should be ok for her.

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