spelling and dyslexia

5 applications to help with dyslexia by Mary Fenson

Dyslexia can cause a lot of problems; the language-based disorder makes reading, spelling, and recognizing words incredibly difficult and often leads to endless frustration and avoidance of work.

If you have dyslexia, or are a parent with a dyslexic child, or you teach dyslexic children, there are plenty of apps out there that can help and give much-needed guidance while alleviating growing frustrations with it; here are five of the best.

1. Dyslexia Toolbox
Dyslexia Toolbox is one of those rare learning apps that are made by dyslexic people, for dyslexic people. It’s one of the most popular apps out there, and it’s easy to see why, as it has numerous helpful features for older students with dyslexia. Not only does it have a tool that takes photos of text and reads them aloud, but it’s also an app that helps kids outside of the classroom, with standout features such as a type pad with word prediction software that can aid kids with texting and social media.

2. SoundLiteracy
It may be designed for tutors and teachers, but SoundLiteracy is one of the best apps for students with dyslexia. This application is one of the best tools available to improve the communication skills of teachers and students during class. Getting kids with dyslexia to engage in a lesson can be tough due to frustration, and SoundLiteracy does all it can to prevent that from happening. From word structure tasks to developing spelling strategies, SoundLiteracy is one of the best apps available today.

3. openWeb
Dyslexia can affect students of all ages, and a big problem amongst older students who suffer from dyslexia is being left with little to no help when they reach higher education. For example, a seemingly simple task such as going home to research a topic for an essay can be incredibly difficult, which is why apps like openWeb are a necessity. openWeb makes web browsing more accessible by converting text into formats that are easier to read and understand, and even the font used in the app was specifically designed for dyslexic readers.

4. Voice Dream Reader
One of the best apps for younger students suffering from dyslexia is Voice Dream Reader; it allows kids to have words read back to them, making it easier to understand. Often people with dyslexia have problems when it comes to the speed of reading, which is why Voice Dream Reader is perfect as it allows the user to pace themselves with certain troubling words and paragraphs. All they have to do is highlight a piece of text, and they can get to grips with parts of their lexicon that bothered them in the past.

5. Dyslexia Quest
Dyslexia Quest has games for varying ages that assist students with memory building and word recognition. Students tend to find the gaming aspect of this app incredibly enjoyable and end up having so much fun they forget that they are actually learning instead of playing a computer game. The app is made of 6 games, each of which help develop a particular learning ability, everything from phonological awareness to processing speed is improved by using this app.

These engaging and helpful apps are a perfect way to stop you, or your students, or children, from feeling left behind or out of your/their depth and gain confidence. Also there is an excellent dyslexia website that offers lots of help and advice - Beating Dyslexia.com

Mary Frenson is a Marketing Assistant at Check Director, a new source of information on UK companies. Mary is always happy to share her marketing ideas and thoughts on business issues. In her free time she enjoys handicrafts.