Collection: Dyslexic Books Edition

All books are printed in a large format 23.4 cm x 15.3 cm or 9 x 6, in 14 point, using Open Dyslexia font

What are the 20 symptoms of dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects an individual's ability to read, write, and spell. While symptoms may vary from person to person, here are 20 common symptoms of dyslexia:

  1. Difficulty recognizing and manipulating sounds in words (phonological awareness).
  2. Struggling with letter and sound associations.
  3. Difficulty decoding words (reading accurately) and recognizing sight words.
  4. Reversing letters or numbers (e.g., confusing "b" and "d" or "6" and "9").
  5. Mixing up the order of letters within words (e.g., "left" becomes "felt").
  6. Reading slowly and with poor fluency.
  7. Difficulty spelling words correctly.
  8. Mixing up the sequence of letters in words when writing (e.g., "tihng" instead of "thing").
  9. Poor handwriting and inconsistent letter formation.
  10. Having trouble organizing thoughts and expressing them in writing.
  11. Difficulty remembering and recalling information.
  12. Struggling with time management and staying organized.
  13. Difficulty with sequencing tasks or steps (e.g., following directions).
  14. Problems with left-right orientation and directionality.
  15. Difficulty with math concepts, particularly when it involves sequencing, word problems, or multi-step processes.
  16. Poor short-term or working memory.
  17. Difficulty focusing and maintaining attention.
  18. Feeling overwhelmed or fatigued when reading or writing.
  19. Low self-esteem or feelings of frustration and anxiety related to reading and writing tasks.
  20. Having a family history of dyslexia or reading difficulties.

It's important to note that not all individuals with dyslexia will exhibit all of these symptoms, and the severity of symptoms can vary. If you suspect you or someone you know may have dyslexia, it's recommended to consult with a qualified professional, such as an educational psychologist or learning specialist, who can conduct a comprehensive assessment and provide appropriate support and interventions.

How does dyslexic font help support dyslexic readers?

Dyslexic fonts, also known as "dyslexia-friendly" or "readability" fonts, are designed specifically to make reading easier for individuals with dyslexia. These fonts incorporate various typographical modifications that aim to address common challenges experienced by dyslexic readers. Here's how dyslexic fonts can help support readers with dyslexia:

  1. Letter Differentiation: Dyslexic fonts often modify letterforms to increase their distinctiveness. This helps reduce the confusion between visually similar letters like "b" and "d" or "p" and "q."

  2. Weighted Bottom: Many dyslexic fonts have a heavier or thicker bottom part of the letters. This feature helps anchor the letters, making it easier for readers to identify the correct orientation.

  3. Increased Letter Spacing: Dyslexic fonts often have wider spacing between letters. This helps prevent letters from appearing too crowded or visually merging together.

  4. Open Letterforms: Dyslexic fonts tend to have more open counterspaces within letters like "a," "e," and "g." This openness improves letter recognition and reduces potential letter confusion.

  5. Clear Ascenders and Descenders: Ascenders (e.g., the part of a lowercase "h" that extends above the x-height) and descenders (e.g., the part of a lowercase "g" that extends below the baseline) in dyslexic fonts are often more prominent. This feature helps in distinguishing between letters with similar forms and reducing vertical letter reversal.

  6. Balanced x-height: Dyslexic fonts may have a more consistent and balanced x-height (the height of lowercase letters). This helps maintain a consistent visual size for the letters, making them easier to identify.

  7. Modified Punctuation Marks: Dyslexic fonts might alter certain punctuation marks, such as making the full stop (period) slightly larger or using a less confusing question mark design.

While dyslexic fonts can be helpful for some individuals with dyslexia, it's important to note that their effectiveness varies from person to person. Different individuals may respond differently to specific font modifications. Additionally, dyslexic fonts should be used in conjunction with other reading interventions and strategies tailored to the individual's needs, such as structured literacy instruction, assistive technologies, and multi-sensory approaches.

All Pishukin Press titles are also available in audiobooks and discounts are applied if you buy a dyslexic title and audiobook to help support the multi-sensory approach.