Reading black print on a white background can be a source of visual stress for a child with dyslexia. There are a number of ways to counteract the glare from white paper such as glasses with coloured lenses, overlays or in this case a reading ruler.
Reading rulers come in a range of colours as some children have a preference for one colour over another. For some children putting a coloured ruler over the page makes the print stay still or it becomes clearer and much easier to read. It is believed that reading rulers steady the eye and therefore a number of aspects of reading can improve including attention span, reading speed, fluency and comprehension.
The reading ruler is a 2.5” deep plastic strip with tinted transparent edges and an opaque central area that allows the reader to read through the colour of their choice while tracking the line with the edge of the strip. There are two windows. The narrow window, this is suited to early readers as the focus is confined. The wider window allows readers to see a larger amount of text or wording around an image.
Many children choose to use this method of tinting their reading. It is very easy to use and very discreet as it can be easily slipped into a book or pencil case.
I always show parents how to use a reading ruler at my seminars and I have received excellent feedback from parents regarding how successful they have been for the children concerned.
These rulers can be purchased as a single ruler from Blackbird Bookshop (Solstice, Navan) or online from ABC School Supplies.