What are the Benefits of Audiobooks for Dyslexics?
While they will not improve your reading ability on their own audiobooks are a fantastic medium for accessing books and provide many of the same benefits. They also have unique advantages and can help a great deal when combined with physical books.
They allow dyslexic people to access books without support and at a time of their choosing. This way a connection with books that meet dyslexic’s emotional and intellectual needs can be maintained. This can be very important in keeping some dyslexic people motivated to learn to read and to read fluently. They help dyslexic people learn factual information, improve their vocabularies at the same rate as those read physical books, and to unleash their imaginations. With the many wonderful audiobook readers and dramatizations, audiobooks can also be a fantastic addition to the lives of even the most skilled readers.
They can be listened to while reading a physical copy of a book or ebook, often even through an ereader, and there are apps to do this on smartphones. This can give greater confidence to readers who might be more comfortable reading along but might avoid reading otherwise. A mix of listening and reading can help get through longer books. This is especially useful for getting through books needed for study. We advise you try to find the same edition of the book and that the audio version is not abridged.
It is normally not hard to get audiobooks for the classics taught for most English classes. There are not as many audio text books, though these do exist.
The YouTube video from Learning Ally, A Mother and Son, explains how audiobooks can help people with dyslexia through the experiences of one family.
Where can I find audiobooks?
Bookshops, booksellers and libraries supply audiobooks but these may need to be ordered in or sourced through their websites.
The easiest place to find a good range of audiobooks on CDs or downloads is online. Websites that provide audio book downloads try to make them compatible with as many media devices as possible, making audiobooks as portable as a paperback or ereaders if you have an a smartphone or mp3 player.
Audible is an excellent source for mainstream books on audio.
Learning Ally is a nonprofit audiobook prover set up to help dyslexic readers, those with other learning differences and those with visual impairments. They offer a wide range of audiobooks, including some textbooks and academic texts.