I’m dyslexic and have to get a lot of the books I need for school on audio, and I don’t normally run into this problems, but with this one book I can’t focus on it - I don’t know what it is but I can’t remember what happens. I figured their might be people on your blog who have been in a similar situation, so I’m asking: what do you do while listening to a book to keep focused on the story/text?
I don’t know about dyslexia-specific focus issues - I’m hoping that some of y'all do. Here are some things that come to mind from what I do know:
- Some people focus better if they are moving
- It might help to pace around the room while you listen to the tape
- Or to fidget with something like a Tangle Toy or another stim toy
Physical comfort/bodily needs:
- If you’re physically uncomfortable, that drains cognitive resources
- It might be that this book is harder than usual, and physical discomfort is taking away the cognitive resources you need to understand it
- In particular: If you are hungry, thirsty, exhausted, or need to use the bathroom, it’s harder to focus and understand something difficult
- It can also be hard if the light is bothering you or something else is making you uncomfortable
- Paying more attention to how you’re feeling and what your body needs might make this easier
Getting reading questions
- It might help to ask your teacher for some reading questions on each section of text assigned
- Or at least things to focus on in the reading
- If you know what to look for, it can be easier to pay attention
Is there a problem with the recording?
- It might be that the tape is too slow or fast for you
- Or that the pitch is too high or low
- Or that it’s just a really lousy recording
- If it’s a speed/pitch problem, you can fix that with a program called The Amazing Slow-Downer. That program can modify the pitch and speed independently, so you’d be able to adjust it to what you need it to be
Using modified text:
- I don’t know what your specific needs are for reading, but there are some programs that modify text to make it more readable.
- If you follow the text along with the tape, you might find it helpful to modify the text to make it easier to read
- BeeLine reader does a thing with a gradient that makes it easier to keep your place
- The Open Dyslexic font is specifically designed to be maximally readable for dyslexic folks.
Do any of y'all have more informed suggestions?