a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.
As a language-based disorder, dyslexia is often associated with speech problems, word recognition and spelling difficulties. More than 20% of the U.S. population is dyslexic, according to the National Institutes of Health. Early and effective methods can decrease its impact and help dyslexic students maintain the same learning level as their peers.
Five Fab iPad Apps to Help Students With Dyslexia
Phonics Genius gives teachers and students the option to choose from a pre-loaded library of hundreds of word patterns or create a customized list of words for students. I had my students enter customized lists of the specific high-frequency words they needed to work on, and they recorded their own voices reading the words. Then, when they practice these flash cards, they press the sound button to see if they read the word correctly, and it reads the word to them in their own voice.
Predictable award winning augmentative communication aid app. Predictable is the premier app used by people with little or no voice; and has proved to be a life changer for many. This latest update for Predictable builds on the sophisticated features and functions of the app with a dyslexia support engine, creating an unprecedented opportunity for people with co-existing speech or language difficulties with dyslexia to be able to communicate more easily. The dyslexia support feature helps people with this common spelling disability. By predicting common patterns of mis-spelling Predictable will help in suggesting the likely target word. For example if someone typed “skool” or “scool” it would predict “school”. Aided by auditory feedback, the user can also hear the suggested words to confirm their choice.
Dyslexia Quest has games for varying ages to help test and build memory, as well as learning skills. The app, which was developed and tested at the Bristol Dyslexia Center in the UK, specifically assesses working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual memory, auditory memory and sequencing skills. There are three age ranges: 7-10 years, 11-16 years, and 17 and older.
• 6 games that each develop a different learning ability
• Email your results to those that need to know
• Suggests how to make better use of your learning strengths
• Explains what difficulties you will experience and where you have a weakness
• 3 different paths up the mountain encourage you to replay games and improve your skills
• Can you collect all 18 yetis?
SoundLiteracy is a customizable letter tile app designed for tutors and teachers. While it may look like a game, the company behind it insists it’s more of a tool to improve interaction between teacher and student during literacy education. SoundLiteracy can be used to teach dyslexic students how to distinguish individual sounds, process word sound structures and develop spelling strategies. With a portion of the proceeds from this app going to the Dyslexia Association, there’s no reason not to sign on. Even better, the app is incredibly useful, employing the Orton-Gillingham method to help students recognize the spellings of English phonemes.
- openWeb – this app makes web browsing more accessible by converting text into a more readable format. The default font is called OpenDyslexic, an open-source font designed for dyslexic readers.
• This font looks great on retina displays.
• The colors have slightly less contrast to help prevent glare.
• Symbols are bolder, and darker, to help detect sentences and phrases.
• NEW! Reading mode on iPhone/iPod Touch
Dyslexia App Map by Coppin and Bedford