More Space Between Letters Could Make Reading Easier For Kids With Dyslexia

One small thing could make reading a little easier for kids with dyslexia. A small study found that using “extra large” letter spacing increased school children’s reading speed and accuracy, specifically, the extra space seemed to make the task of reading aloud a bit easier for kids with and without dyslexia.

Overall, it helped children boost their reading speed during a 3-minute test. And those with dyslexia made fewer reading errors– specifically, skipping words. Lead researcher Steven Stagg adds, “One of the nice aspects of extra spacing is that it can be used for everyone in a class and benefit everyone. It does not single out children with dyslexia.”