Barrington Stoke

No, not a colo­ni­al detect­ive from 1849, but a pub­lish­er on a mis­sion to provide books that are aimed at chil­dren with dys­lex­ia or oth­er issues related to read­ing.

Barrington Stoke have taken a few simple steps to pro­duce a range of books that are quite hon­estly amaz­ing. The first thing you notice is the col­our of the pages. They are not white but instead look tea stained. My hus­band, who is also dys­lex­ic, was amazed by this. He has told me at least 7587543 times that the page col­our makes the words stay still.

I’m not a big fan of the term dys­lex­ia. It’s a catch-all that means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent people. We should all try to remem­ber that English, in par­tic­u­lar, is so wildly irreg­u­lar in its rela­tion­ship between words and pro­nun­ci­ation that we ask a great deal of our visu­al sys­temsWhich were nev­er designed to read. Written lan­guage arrived long after spoken lan­guage in our evol­u­tion­ary his­tory. every time we open a book. When per­form­ance is taxed to such an extent, it should be no sur­prise that a large per­cent­age of lan­guage users find read­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ately harder than listen­ing. More power to Barrington Stoke — and his faith­ful bat­man, Smythe.

Caroline Smailes: Barrington Stoke

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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