A special font for children with dyslexia: Does it work and if so how?
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In42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC)
42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney, 8-11 April 2015
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42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC)
SubjectLearning and Plasticity
A Dutch artist, Christian Boer, has developed a special font ("Dyslexie") to improve reading performance for children and adults with readi ng difficulties. The font has received a lot of media attention and schools have started to use it for computerised reading exercises and publishers have started to use the font in books. Interestingly, there is barely any empirical evidence for the effica cy of this font. In this study we examined the effectiveness of Dyslexie font compared to Arial font in 39 low progress readers who were learning to read in English. In contrast to previous studies conducted with Dutch children, we used 1) a within-subject design and 2) three different control conditions (Arial font) in which we systematically matched for absolute font size and varied within and between word spacing. Results showed that the low-progress readers performed better (i.e., read more words per mi nute) in Dyslexie font than in Arial font matched on absolute letter size. However, when we slightly increased the within‐word spacing and between-word spacing, the difference in reading speed was no longer significant. We conclude that there is no need to buy Dyslexie font: changing the spacing settings will do the same trick.
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