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Dear Volunteers and Friends,
HAPPY SUMMER SIZZLING! It's nice to see the trees
full of leaves again for a bit of shade. It won't be long before we
look forward to winter snow.
Not much is happening with finding a new sponsor for the
Council office space, but if you know of anyone who might want to
donate a room (or two) for our library and tutoring space, please
contact us at (541) 591-0166. Our tutors are doing a great job.
Their students have nothing but praise for them. That includes mine,
Not too many people think about studying and tutoring in
the winter months, but that didn't apply to our new tutors Robert
Shepard, Alexandria Zaremska, and returning volunteer Ana Montaño.
We even gained a new student, Juana, who is preparing to become a
citizen. A special thanks to Robert, who is well versed in Spanish
as well as English, for correcting our Spanish language
Remember, if you were or are a volunteer or student of
the Literacy Council, our newsletter editor Nancy would love to
receive an article from you for the next issue of TUTORS (see
Editor's Comments). So, if you have an anecdotal experience you
would like to share with our readers, please email it to
Thank you again, dear volunteers, for your service to our
community. I hope you are all looking forward to sharing your
reading skills with our many students who need your
We offer individualized tutoring for Basic Reading,
GED, ESL, Workforce Development Classes, and Citizenship. Our Workforce Development class offers training in
Microsoft Office and Résumé Building.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from our
program, please let them know about our services. The Literacy
Council serves all of Jackson County.
We are currently in need of more tutors. If you are
interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to hear from you.
A tutor will typically spend one or two sessions per
week with an adult learner. These sessions usually run 60 to 90
minutes long. A tutor and an adult learner often work together for 6
months to 2 years.
There are no credentials required. Simply
attend free training sessions and learn how to be an effective
"When one teaches, two learn."
LITERACY COUNCIL OF
------------------------------------------- Bob Burger
Placement ------------------------------------- Liz
My student is an older gentleman who has
always had difficulty reading. Progress has been slow, but
steady. He didn't know if he was dyslexic, but the constant
confusion with the letters "b" and "d" gave me the impression that
he was. He often guessed at words that started with one
letter, but didn't seem to look beyond that. "Before" was
translated to "because" and I would tell him that there was no "C"
or "K" in the word. He'd ponder the letters and finally say
I must admit that I'm not a specialist on dealing
with dyslexia, but I happened to meet a woman who had suffered a
similar disorder. She told me that she would see a word as if
it were made up of blocks instead of letters. Tall blocks
meant either a capital letter or any of f, l, t, b, or d.
Small blocks were most other letters, and descending blocks were g,
j, q, or y. Her therapist tried having her read text covered
by a tinted overlay. With that, she said she was actually
seeing the letters more clearly.
I decided to do my own
experiment. I went to Dollar Tree and came upon some
translucent binder dividers that came in a variety of colors.
I brought them to my next tutoring session and had my student read
through the tinted sheets. We discovered that the orange tint
had him reading more confidently. I'd guess that there was a
fifty percent improvement as he did not hesitate as often.
That might seem a great deal better, but he still has a lot of
improving to do.
An Internet search told me that Meares-Irlen
Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity, or simply Visual Stress, is a
visual-perceptual disorder. In many cases it can be remedied
by having the afflicted person read through a colored clear or
It "seems" to work for my student, but
it's still a work in progress.
The Literacy Council of Jackson County is having a
contest this month. We are asking you to submit a
paragraph on how the Literacy Council has benefitted or improved
your life. The prize is a USB Flash Drive.
This contest is open to all tutors, students, and
the public. Each entry will be read by our Board Members, and they
will choose their favorite as the winner. All entries are due by
September 1, 2018 and are subject to publication in our newsletter.
I would love to receive an article from you
on anecdotes or teaching methods that your students have benefitted
from. Many of our tutors can have roadblocks in reaching a
student, and maybe your method or experiment might be the answer to
help them. So please consider sending a small article on a technique
you used that helped your student.
Literacy Council of Jackson
P.O. Box 615
Medford, OR 97501
WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that
involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech
sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding).
Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain
that process language.
People with dyslexia have normal
intelligence and usually have normal vision. Most children with
dyslexia can succeed with tutoring or a specialized education
program. Emotional support also plays an important
Though there's no cure for dyslexia, early
assessment and intervention result in the best outcome. Sometimes
dyslexia goes undiagnosed for years and isn't recognized until
adulthood, but it's never too late to seek help.
Some common dyslexia signs and symptoms in
teens and adults include:
- Difficulty reading, including reading
- Slow and labor-intensive reading and
- Problems spelling
- Avoiding activities that involve
- Mispronouncing names or words, or
problems retrieving words
- Trouble understanding jokes or
expressions that have a meaning not easily understood from the
specific words (idioms), such as "piece of cake" meaning
- Spending an unusually long time
completing tasks that involve reading or writing
- Difficulty summarizing a story
- Trouble learning a foreign
- Difficulty memorizing
- Difficulty doing math problems
Tips on type of paper, font, and paragraph
structure to help your students read:
Use dyslexia-friendly font. Plain,
sans-serif, evenly-spaced fonts such as Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica,
Geneva, Verdana, Century-Gothic, and Trebuchet are all easier for a
dyslexic person to read than other fonts. While some dyslexic people
find larger fonts easier to read, most prefer 12 – 14 point
- Avoid use of serif-fonts (such as Times
New Roman), as serifs blur the shapes of letters.
- Don’t use italics to emphasize
information, as this can result in all words appearing lighter and
harder to read. Instead, make emphasis clear through bolding your
Avoid causing visual distortion for dyslexic
readers. You can make a few simple changes to avoid causing visual
distortion, such as word blurring or paling (i.e.”the wash-out
effect.”) These changes are likely to benefit your standard readers
as well as those with dyslexia. For example, long blocks of unbroken
text aren’t easy for most people to read, but they’re virtually
impossible for dyslexic readers. Use short paragraphs instead,
limiting each paragraph to one idea.
- You can also divide up long stretches of
text with headlines, or section titles that summarize the topic of
- Avoid a plain white background, as it can
make font harder to focus on.
- Dark-colored text on light-colored
background is easier to read. Avoid green, red or pink font as
these are likely to be harder to read for most dyslexics.
Select paper that is optimal for reading.
Make sure your paper is thick enough so that you cannot see the
other printed side through the page. Use matte paper rather than
glossy, which can reflect the light and contribute to visual
- Avoid digital print processing which can
result in a shinier finish.
- Experiment with different colored paper
to find the shade that the dyslexic person is most able to read
There are also a variety of dyslexia games to help
your student, some word and drawing games include: Boggle Bash,
Scrabble, Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Monopoly, and
many others. The student might benefit with the Junior version of