Literacy 4-6

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Visual Reading Aids


Visual supports, like text magnification, colored overlays, and guided reading strips, help students focus and properly track as they read. Finding the right visual reading aid for students can help support Visual Processing and increase their speed of reading, particularly for those with Vision needs.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how colored overlays can support a student's independent reading and fluency. By providing the choice of different colors, the student learns what works best for her.

  • Teachers can support students with visual difficulties focus their Attention appropriately during independent reading by introducing simple visual reading aids that make text more accessible and readable to them.
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    Learn how BeeLine Reader uses color and focus to support fluent reading. By adding a color gradient from one line to another, learners can read with greater fluency and accuracy.

  • Developers can make reading more accessible to different kinds of learners by adding options like text magnification or colored overlays to their screens. They can also create highlighting or color tools to support tracking when reading. These options are especially common in digital audiobooks.
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