Speed It Up

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Speed It Up

Audio books support dyslexic readers

Dyslexia Empowerment Plan

After reading Ben Foss' The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint For Renewing Your Child's Confidence and Love of Learning, I picked up some tips for getting to books that have long been on my to-read list.

An average reader absorbs about 300 words per minute while dyslexic readers take much longer. This creates an uneven playing field when it comes to indulging in the written word. Foss suggests equipping oneself with audio books.

Just as there are speed readers who read upward of 400 words per minute, a slow reader can become a speed listener by increasing the speed at which an audio book plays.  As a slow reader with dyslexic qualities, I welcomed the alternative with open ears.  I quickly realized my iPod mini lacks the increase speed option and I lack a USB connector (and the desire to purchase one) for my smartphone.

Just as I thought I would be confined to listening to audio books from my laptop, a dutiful librarian brought Playaways to my attention. These magnificent mp3 players come loaded with an audiobook and include a built-in speed option. Voila! They are shelved with audio book disks and if you are searching through our online catalog, there is a Playaway filter. 

With a good set of headphones you are all set to take-on your to-read list--or your "to-listen" list.