Category Archives: Dyslexia

Dyslexie Font: Developed For Those With Dyslexia

downloadDyslexia Font is a print and electronic font designed to be easily read by those with dyslexia. The theory behind Dyslexie Font is that when text characters are distinctive it’s unlikely that they will be confusing to read. According to Dyslexiefont.com, “traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia.”

Dyslexia Font was developed by Christian Boer while he was a student in Amsterdam. It has won many honors including the 2010 Smart Future Minds award in Amsterdam. Boer, who suffers from dyslexia, was looking for a type that would make reading easier. He discovered that spacing characters further apart, creating a heavier base line for characters and making the openings of letters like c,u, and s more pronounced had a dramatic effect. Other aspects of Dyslexia Font include a slight right slant, different heights for smaller letters, and varying the length of sticks and tails in letters such as b, p and q. Additionally, Boer’s research found that text colored blue is easier for dyslexics to read and that the ratio of white space verses printed text has a profound effect as well.

Dyslexie Font is available as an App or an extension for Google Chrome. It’s invaluable for browsing the web, reading / writing email or creating Google Docs. Dyslexie Font is just as easy to turn off – just click the icon and text reverts back to the original.  For more information or to download a free version of the software visit  Dyslexie Font Website

Dyslexie Font: Online Reading Tool For Those With Dyslexia

downloadDyslexia Font is a  print and electronic font designed to be easily read by those with dyslexia. The theory behind Dyslexie Font is that when text characters are distinctive it’s unlikely that they will be confusing to read. According to Dyslexiefont.com,  “traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which  means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia.”  

 

Dyslexia Font was developed by Christian Boer as his university thesis while a student at Utrecht Art Academy in Amsterdam.  It has won many honors including the 2010 Smart Future Minds award in Amsterdam.  Boer, who suffers from dyslexia, was looking for a  type that would make reading easier.  He discovered that spacing characters further apart, creating a heavier base line for characters and making the openings of letters like c,u, and s more pronounced had a dramatic effect. Other aspects of Dyslexia Font include a slight right slant, different heights for smaller letters, and varying the length of sticks and tails in letters such as b, p and q.    Additionally, Boer’s research found that text colored blue is easier for dyslexics to read and that the ratio of white space verses printed text has a profound effect as well.   

 

Dyslexie Font  is available as an App (Android or MAC)  or an extension for Google Chrome. At this time it is not available for ipad or iphone but expect that to change in the near future.  When installed as an extension on Google Chrome it works by clicking the icon to translate the current page  into Dyslexie Font.  It’s invaluable for browsing the web, reading / writing email or creating Google Docs. Dyslexie Font is just as easy to turn off – just click the icon and text reverts back to the original.

For more information or to download a free version of the software visit their webpage at Dyslexie Font Website

Back to School Homework Plan

homeworkTaking a proactive approach to student success is what Greenwood School is all about. We want to help you, as parents, to give your student every opportunity to succeed in school. As we get settled into the new school year keep in mind that research shows that students who have support at home do better academically. One thing that you can do to ensure a academic success for your student is to develop a consistent homework routine.

For a realistic and easy to implement homework routine refer to Dr. Kenny Handelman’s book Attention Difference Disorder: How to Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps. Dr. Handelman suggests designating a daily time to start and complete homework. Keep in mind that some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period while others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Find the time that works for you and your student and stick to it.

At the designated homework time review assignments with your student to create a plan for the work to be completed and then get out a timer. Dr. Handelman recommends using a timer as it helps those with ADHD and time issues to visualize deadlines. Breaking the homework assignments down into manageable chunks is another useful strategy. Once you have a plan to complete the homework be a monitor as well as a motivator. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns. Once homework is completed take an extra minute to ensure that your child’s backpack is properly packed and ready to go for the next day to avoid the early morning “get out the door” drama.

Establishing and maintaining a consistent homework routine will help your student to develop good study habits and contributes to school success and ultimately life success. For other tips and strategies to help students with ADHD succeed see Dr. Handelman’s book, Attention Difference Disorder: How to Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps. It is available for parent checkout from the professional collection at the Greenwood School Library.

 

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