One evening I was laying in bed reading an article when it stroked me. Why was I able to browse through the article without my usual pauses?
Being dyslexic, having a hard time getting through books, magazines and almost everything word or number related is just a part of daily life. I get mentally drained after a few sentences and would need to take a break. I had a tendency to read the same line twice but thankfully I would always take notice and read the next line. I used to use my finger to guide my reading but in primary school, I was discouraged from doing so, well I guess the teacher didn’t want me to be dependent on the tracing of words.
With further research online on why reading was so much easier on the screen of my phone, I stumbled upon an article stating that a professor who has dyslexia found it easier to mark his students’ scripts when he scanned it and used a smaller screen to get through each document. Fewer words of text per line and shorter lines were the keys to enabling a dyslexic to read at a greater speed. It is indeed very refreshing to find another trick to making reading easier for us. There is not a day that I don’t use clever tricks to get by work and daily life.
I can’t speak for everyone who is dyslexic that this will work because we all have different types, and combinations and are at spectrums of learning disability. We all learn in different ways, for example, I never like audiobooks, although I am an auditory learner, I find it annoying and disruptive and prefer to find out the pronunciation of only the words I don’t know. The key to improving ourselves is finding the way that works for you, the method that makes you most productive.
In my teens, I was quite the bookworm but that came with a lot of training. My father constantly reminded me that our brain is a muscle in which practice makes perfect. He was right I kept on reading and in time build up the stamina for it. I was in a mainstream school and was able to catch up with a lot of hard work and help from my friends who gladly tutored me. However as I moved on to the working life and had less time to read I was back to square one, I lost the stamina. I guess to me reading is like a sport.
Don’t ever give up, when there is a will there is a way. We might fail in our studies or in any other task we are given in life but no matter what don’t stop trying to search for what you are good at and build up that strength. There is also no such thing as everyone knows that skill, it is too common, a skill is a skill and only you can do it in your own unique style.
After I told my father about my “discovery” he bought me a Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – 8 GB (International Version). I am very blessed to have such a supportive father. With the Kindle, I can read more books without worrying that I will ruin my eyesight.
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