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Reading Comic Books Shown to Help Students With Dyslexia

I used to teach, and one of the hardest things about being a teacher was trying to find something that students would actually want to read. For students with dyslexia, reading can be challenging, and they would rather avoid it. However, one seventh-grader has found a potential solution to this problem in the form of comic books.


Anthony Rota is a thirteen-year-old student at Doherty Middle School in Andover, Massachusetts. In a presentation to around thirty elementary school students, he shared how comic books helped him overcome his dyslexia and find a love of reading. In an interview with The Eagle-Tribune, Rota said, “They were short, really cool stories. I could look at the pictures. They were easy to read. You will see improvement fast — the more you read the better you get at reading.”



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Rota had to switch schools when he was in the fourth grade because of his dyslexia. He felt bad because it forced him to leave his friends behind. Luckily, he ended up with a teacher who encouraged him and his interest in comic books. For her, seeing him go on to help younger students is a teacher’s dream come true.


For Rota, dyslexia is not only no longer a burden but is actually a superpower. Rota explained to the students how dyslexia can boost creativity and makes people better at certain tasks, like spotting Waldo in the Where’s Waldo? books.



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When describing why he felt the need to help others, Rota explained, “I have dyslexia and wanted to help kids with dyslexia because I know it can be hard for them. Comic books helped me and I think it can help other kids.”


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