Assistive Technology Resources for Children with Dyslexia
Lots of wonderful assistive technology tools and apps are available for parents searching for help for their dyslexic child. The California Department of Education's Dyslexia Guidelines includes a list of assistive technology resources. One my clients' favorite reading tools is Bookshare, which helps people with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers customize their reading experience to suit their learning style. The Bookstore website includes 780,262 titles of children's books, textbooks, bestsellers, career resources, and more for people with reading barriers.
Another favorite of my clients is Kurzweil text to speech software, which allows students to access text by having it read out loud to them.
Other reading tools listed in the Dyslexia Guidelines for you to check out include:
Spelling tools referenced in the Dyslexia Guidelines include:
The guidelines include a list of writing and note taking tools:
My clients have reported back to me that Livescribe Smartpens are of great help. The students use the Livescribe pens in class to record class lectures, and they transcribe their recordings into written notes.
Co:Writer Universal is a fairly comprehensive text to speech, word prediction, and spelling program that includes dictionaries that help pull in the vocabulary from what you are reading into your writing.
WordQ software includes word prediction, speech feedback, proofreading, enhanced topical web searches to help students with researching for projects and papers.
Another source of information, is the Yale University Center for Dyslexia & Creativity website includes recommendations for several iPad educational tools and apps.
If you need special education legal representation for your child with dyslexia, contact California special education attorney Molly Watson.
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