Have you ever noticed when you're reading a book or magazine that sometimes it's difficult to focus because of glare, page or font color, or tired eyes? Do you have a struggling reader at home or a child learning to read? 

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, Crossbow Education has products that can help. Crossbow Education's products are especially designed for children with Dyslexia and sufferers of Visual Stress. 

Crossbow Education is a family owned business founded in 1992 by Bob Hext. At that time, Mr. Hext realized that the games he was using to help his students were "were more effective than many of the published materials available at the time" (Crossbow About Us). In 2005, the Eye Level Reading Ruler was patented.
We were recently given the opportunity to review the Eye Level Reading Rulers as members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. These amazing reading aids are designed to "reduce page glare, "dancing" and blurring text and other symptoms, while also providing valuable tracking support for reading" (Crossbow).

These Rulers come in 10 different colors that gives the user the ability to use whichever color fits best for the situation or personal preference. The Reading Rulers are made of durable opaque and transparent plastic (opaque in the middle of the two windows). They are about 8" x 2 1/2" wide with over 6 inches of horizontal highlighted reading area. Each Ruler has 2 reading windows, the first is 1/2" which works for single line highlighting and underlining, and the second is 1 1/4" to highlight more lines or larger text.

So What Is The Purpose or How Do They Work? Before I answer that, I want to touch on Dyslexia and Visual Stress.

We've all heard of Dyslexia, but we often only think of it as a disorder where letters get flipped around But the term Dyslexia encompasses much more than that. It is a processing disorder, but there are several different "signs" or symptoms that you might see in your child or student. Crossbow offers more detailed information here. Dyslexia can be mild or severe but always affects the person that has it, in some way.

Your tired eyes could actually be Visual Stress, a condition that isn't simply diagnosed with a routine eye exam. Much like Dyslexia, Visual Stress has different signs & symptoms, and Crossbow explains it well

The Reading Ruler can help Dyslexia and Visual Stress sufferers by underlining text in order to track the words/sentences and highlighting the text to clear the appearance of it. In the images below you will see both windows in action. The top window works well with underlining a single sentence and the bottom window highlights a larger area of text. The bottom image also shows how the ruler can be flipped over so the logo is not seen. Because some readers need no extra distractions, Crossbow added this benefit. 
What We Thought. I really like these Reading Rulers. I have suffered from eye strain for a long time. Though I do not have an actual diagnosis of Visual Stress, I suspect it is highly possible. I get Migraines too easily if on the computer too long or reading certain print and many of the other symptoms I do have. These rulers allow me to ease the strain on my eyes which helps me enjoy reading that much more. For my son, who does have a form of Dyslexia, the Rulers offer tracking and focus to him. This is important for speed and comprehension, I believe. My daughter likes them to reduce eye strain from the white of most print pages.

I am confident that you will find the Eye Level Reading Rulers as beneficial as we do. The large assortment of colors offers an individual touch that you will appreciate. Each of us has a preferred color based on how it works for us. It's not that we like that color the most, but we like the way that specific color changes the text for us.

You can purchase the Eye Level Reading Rulers in packs of 5 for $9.45 and packs of 10 for $16.95You can choose multi-color packs or specific colors. 

Crossbow Education also offers Plain Window Reading Rulers that have no logo on them that are available for $9.45 (pack of 5). They also offer other great multi-sensory products for Dyslexia from other publishers.

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Disclaimer: I received this product free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after reading it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.


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