One of the things that every parent and teacher loves to see is a child enjoying a book and reading for pleasure. As parents and teachers of children with dyslexia we are always trying to find ways to help struggling readers to enjoy reading and see it as a relaxing experience.
According to new research, children with dyslexia should switch to a Kindle as electronic books are easier to read. The tests in the U.S. revealed that the short lines of text on e-readers increase reading speed and comprehension among people with dyslexia.
It is difficult not to be amazed by the new technology that the Kindle has to offer. Amazon and Audible (their audiobook arm) have paired up to produce an amazing piece of technology: the Kindle Fire. Now in addition to surfing the web, answering emails, downloading Apps and books and watching movies, it offers the following feature:
With Immersion Reading, Kindle edition books are synced to the corresponding Audible audio edition and as the books are read the text is highlighted while it is narrated via the Audible audio book. This multisensory style of reading allows the child to see and hear the words at the same time and is very effective for building word recognition and fluency. The font can be changed to increase the size of the text and the inbuilt dictionary function will help to build new vocabulary.
There are nearly 15,000 Kindle books and Audible audiobooks available for Immersion Reading, so there is something to suit every interest. Retailing at approximately €75, this piece of technology is certainly a useful tool for the reluctant reader.