What is it, and how can it help you!
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Bionic reading is a buzzword that has been going around social media for the past few weeks. So today, we will run through what it is and how bionic reading can help people with dyslexia.
Bionic reading is a font that Swiss developer Renato Casuut created. It is supposed to increase your reading speed and your focus. The basic principle behind bionic reading is that highlighting specific parts of words allows the reader's brain to focus less on comprehending the word and more on letting the reader to know the word instinctively.
Think of it like this. You are reading a book or email, and you come across the name "Seara," but your brain takes a guess and decides that that combination of letters means Sara. Every time you read Seara in your head, you hear the name, Sara.
Bionic reading works a little bit like that. It leads your eye through the word so your brain can ping your long-term memory, and voila, you remember what the word is.
Try Bionic Reading
Below are two different texts. The image on the left does not have bionic reading applied, and the one on the right does! Take a moment to read through them.
Check out this excellent Youtube video if you want to see how much faster you are with bionic reading. While lots of science went into creating bionic reading, it truly feels like Magic!
Why Bionic Reading Could Work for Dyslexics
So no research has been done yet confirming if this font style helps dyslexics, so we can't speak from a place of science, but we can say it feels like it helps.
One of the things that dyslexics struggle with is instinctually knowing what sounds a specific combination of letters makes. Those lucky to get dyslexic support in schools often take classes to learn how to sound out letters. Because bionic reading pulls readers through the text, moving our eyes from one bold section to the next, it can stop readers from getting stuck sounding out individual parts of words.
Comprehension and working memory are also a problem for dyslexics. Our brains sometimes move faster than we can comprehend/think. With bionic reading, it feels like less brain power is needed to manage the gap between reading something and understanding it.
We like bionic reading but want to make a note. Do not panic or get upset if it does not work for you. Not every tool will work for everyone. Dyslexia in Adults is all about building tools and systems that work for us, not against us.
If you want to try out more bionic reading, there is a free converter tool you can try!