Probably you know this already, but perhaps you don't ... our Eli, age 8 1/2, is on the autism spectrum. Although we have never had him officially diagnosed (why, really?), he has all of the characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome. I would imagine it's a mild case, but it's there, alright.
One area of stress for Eli has been reading. Give him a math problem, and he's done in a flash! Give him a book with more than one line on it and he can't hardly begin to read for being stressed about the number of words on the page. (He is actually much better about this than he used to be, but that is always the first thing he says about a book when he opens it to read it.)
Enter the Eye Level Reading Ruler by Crossbow Education. What a marvelous tool! How I wish we would have had this tool when Eli was first starting to read!
How does it work? It looks like a ruler with two separate guide lines: one for reading one sentence at a time and one for reading a paragraph. You simply put the line under the sentence you are reading (which is in a shaded area) and move it down as you read. It helps with focus, helps to keep your place where you are reading, and (if using the sentence guide line) helps to block the other sentences so they aren't a distraction.
We received a package of 10 rulers, in 10 different shades. The idea is to use each one to see which color helps you to focus the best. Both of my kids (ages 7 and 8 1/2) used it, and both chose blue.
What did we think of it? We think it's fantastic! We keep it in our library basket and when Eli grabs a book, he grabs the ruler. Honestly, I haven't heard him complain about reading in quite some time. Coincidence?
|Eli using the product|
The Eye Level Reading Ruler is designed for persons with dyslexia and visual stress, but anyone can use it and benefit from it. And the price is right, too. For the package of 10 different tinted rulers, you only pay $16.95. Go to Crossbow Education's website to place your order.
I would highly recommend this product for anyone who has any stress while reading, and especially for all children just learning to read.
To see what others thought of this product, go to the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.