Top 11 Resources for Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
According to the information from the National Center of Education Statistics, the number of children receiving special education in 2014-2015 was around 13% of all public school students. In precise numbers, that’s 6.6 million students. This is a promising figure. It shows that more classrooms are being opened for individuals with learning disabilities. It proves we’re giving more opportunities to these learners to thrive.
Traditional education is not enough. To support these students, we need to rely on several online tools and apps that help them learn through engagement. Dyslexia, in particular, is a challenging issue that’s becoming easier to overcome thanks to these digital resources. We’ll list 11 of the best apps for enhancing the learning experience for students with dyslexia.
Everything starts with the reading. It’s one of the biggest struggles for an individual with learning disabilities. Some students need extra help to comprehend letters and words. Learning Ally is the perfect tool for that. It’s an online platform that holds a huge database of audiobooks. The spoken text is synced with the written text. The learner gets to read and listen at the same time. That’s the perfect way to practice reading.
This is a very useful app that can take any usual PDF document and read it aloud. It will highlight the text being read, so the user of the app will connect the sound to the way a word is being written. You can take any children’s book and use this app to make reading possible.
This is a dictionary app, which helps dyslexic students to read by breaking down words root by root. It also gives various exercises that test the knowledge of the user. Etymology is important because it makes complex words easier to write. When the student understands where the word is coming from, they are less likely to make a mistake.
This is a simple spelling app that can be used individually or in a classroom setting. It helps the users spell challenging words by using their voice. The results are impressive. The users of this app showed improvement in their cognitive development, collaboration skills, communication skills, and thinking and reasoning capacity. The app is suitable for students of all ages, from preschool to university.
This app is aimed to individuals with dyslexia and dysgraphia in their English writing. It will correct the misspelled words, as well as the grammar, confused words, homophones, and punctuation. It comes with a price tag of $99.99, but it’s well worth it.
Dyslexic students still have to take notes they understand. It’s important for them to keep track of the most important aspects of the lectures, so the studying process will be easier. This is a great app for that purpose. It features a basic interface that allows individuals with dyslexia to take notes without much effort. It’s based on OpenDyslexic, a font specifically designed for people with dyslexia.
This website gives you a list of online resources that support the process of writing. You can teach a student to cover all stages, from choosing a subject to grammar to developing unique voice. You’ll find links to online dictionaries and thesauruses, visual dictionaries, style guides, grammar resources, and other tools that will make the writing process more comprehensive for the student.
This online tool tracks how many words the user writers in a given period of time. That’s a great way to witness the improvement and motivate dyslexic people to keep practicing. Even a single word is a start. With practice, these people get better. The results on Easy Word Count will be the proof.
This is a free spell checking app that works with English and Spanish words. It gives suggestions for proper spelling of the misspelled words. It’s great for practicing, since the learners will remember the mistakes they made and will be more attentive when writing the same words in future.
This is a writing app that provides assistance with phonetic spelling, topic-related vocabulary, and grammar. It enables the learner to practice their phonics. The predictions appear only after they type the first few letters. The tool makes spelling easy, but it also improves the memory of the users in terms of how specific words are written.
This app has been designed for students with a language-related learning disability. It’s a spot reader, intended for students who already do well with reading, and now progress with the reading to learn issue. The user just takes a picture of the text they want to read. All words recognized by the database are highlighted. When the student taps on such a word, the app reads its aloud. When they tap and hold on the yellow highlight, they see a definition of the word.
The most important thing to remember is that dyslexia is not related to lack of intelligence or strength of character. It’s a localized brain difference that can be overcome. The right resources can support that process. We just listed 11 apps and online tools that show great results. Did some of them get your attention?
Joan Selby is an ESL teacher and a part-time editor at SuperiorPapers. She is a Creative Writing graduate and fancy shoelover. A writer by day and reader by night, giving creative touch to everything. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.