Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


The aim of this thesis is to explore effective and ineffective interventions for students with dyslexia in the areas of teacher knowledge, text readability, computers and technology, and academic interventions. The main findings show that students with dyslexia can be highly creative, and when their interests are combined with educational interventions, they are more likely to respond better to the interventions. Additionally, to improve text readability, using a sans-serif type font such as Arial or Comic Sans, with interspace letters and words, and enlarged font has proven helpful. In regard to computers and technology, students with dyslexia more often prefer simple programs with fewer distractions, and the ability to choose formatting and font options including text and background colors. The use of overlays is an outdated method, and has been proven to be ineffective in improving text readability, and as far as academic interventions go, beneficial interventions include activities to help students with dyslexia organize information, such as concept maps to organize thinking or pictographs to organize how words are spelled.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis