Audio Books and Visual Aids

Your child may also be able to keep up with assigned reading and improve his own fluency and comprehension skills by listening to books on tape or CD, or reading e-books along with a text-tospeech device. A wide variety of literature is available in audio format; your child can improve fluency and reading speed by reading the text while simultaneously listening to audio, or he can keep up with grade-level reading that is beyond his own reading capacity by relying on listening alone. For books that are not available commercially in an audio format, including assigned textbooks, your child may qualify for services from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. This requires a small membership fee and use of a specialized listening device.

Your child may also find it helpful to watch use videos or DVDs to supplement classroom reading, watching movie versions of novels and plays that are assigned reading. Educational videos or CDs with multimedia content may also supplement the content of textbooks on any number of subjects; your highly visual child is likely to learn, retain, and understand far more from watching a documentary about the Civil War than by reading a chapter in his history book. Keep in mind that if your child does not read comfortably at grade level, audio-visual media is his primary means to access more advanced topics and subject matter. Your child is a capable learner; while reading remediation is important, his reading difficulties should not prevent him from studying and learning advanced materials when he can get information from alternative sources.


Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) was established in 1948 to provide recorded textbooks to veterans blinded in World War II. Today, RFB&D has a catalog of more than 98,000 titles. More than 70 percent of its members have been identified as having a learning disability.

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