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Old 02-11-2019, 06:01 PM
 
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I have a student who finally shared that when she reads some books, the fonts give her headaches. But not all fonts. She showed me a book that she just finished and it appeared to be Times New Roman.

But I realize that she can't avoid books because the fonts give her headaches.

Any suggestions to try to figure out what's going on or to help her read all text more comfortably? I've never heard of this...(and yes, she wears glasses but I am going to suggest going back and asking her optometrist).


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Can she get her textbooks online--and possibly select a font (and size) that works for her? Kindles? or other tablet?

Is there anyone in your district who works with students who have IEPs because of vision issues?

It isn't necessarily the font (although certainly some are easier to read than others). It could be size of font, width of the line, space between lines, contrast, etc.

Listen to the book, rather than read it?

Would a 504 plan be useful?
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She may just need new glasses.

How old is she? I work with middle school, and we have some kids who have major vision changes as puberty hits. I had to have glasses every 6 months from 8th to 10th grade.
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Is this student a good reader?
Maybe it’s just anxiety.

Or dyslexia - Some fonts are weighted heavier at the bottom to hold them down onto the page which is very beneficial to students with Dyslexia.
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My own son had trouble reading italics when he was little. - The letters just looked different to him than the way he had learned them.

It could also be the contrast, rather than the font - with the brighter pages causing headaches.

I've also heard about colored filters helping some kids. Maybe ask the OT if your school has one?


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Some fonts just make my eyes hurt. Don't know why, they just do.
Sometimes changing the lighting in the room helps.
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