I've had a few people ask me about my "new found" method of staying focused while reading. So here goes. I hope none of you find me crazier than what I already am.
While serving in a church in Marietta, one of my adult volunteers (Paige) was a teacher in the special ed division of her school, at the time I did not know this. Paige's specialization is teaching kids with learning disabilities esp. dyslexia (I have never been tested for this, but after researching symptoms and such, I have somewhat diagnosed myself as being dyslexic, however, I refuse to use it as a crutch, I just want to learn how to learn better). While having a conversation about reading one day, I began to tell the group of people I was with of how I read in bed with a small camping light. I was doing this because I was tired of waking up on the couch in the middle of the night with a book on my lap.
My problem with reading in bed was the light would keep Theresa awake. Thus, I purchased a camping light. This to affected her with the light moving in bed. My breakthrough came when I switched the camping light from the normal white light to the 'night vision' red colored light. I found that while reading with the red light on I could read for a LONG time, at times forcing myself to put the book down go to sleep.
Fast Forward to my conversation with Paige. She said, "is red your color?" what? I didn't have a clue what she was talking about. She asked me, "do the words move when you look at paper?" Wow, I had never thought about that...but yes. Yes they do.
She then went in to explaining to an extent of what I am attaching the the two following links:
google "using colors in dyslixia" for many more pages addressing this.
I have tested this with random students at Bryant High School. When I show students what the text looks like with the yellow gel, they usually say, "WOW, i can see that so much better." On others there is no affect.
Paige encouraged me to experiment with other colors, so I did. Using STAGE LIGHTING GELS:
You can pick these up at Guitar Center's or any place that sells DJ equipment, at the time I had some laying around our sound equipment room at the church building.
I have found that yellow is my best color. I have cut a couple of the GELS to fit perfectly into my Bible and various books. They work good as book marks. The only problem I have found is: 1. the questions generated from passers (which I think it's cool to talk about) and 2. having to move the sheet when you're under lining passages in the material.
-Other options for me could probably be those yellow shooting glasses, like to use them as reading glasses. I would assume that any eye glass place could tent some "prescribed" reading glasses to my desired shade.
-Or print text on colored paper. I have done this with the book of Colossians (from the New Testament), which I am trying to memorize.
I hope this might help you in becoming a better learner.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.