Dyslexia is a language-based difficulty that makes reading, recognising words, spelling and decoding especially difficult. But while dyslexia is a lifelong learning difficulty, early and effective methods can decrease its impact and help students maintain the same learning level as their peers. It is very important that students develop strategies to help them through the education system and beyond.
With the increase in assistive technology many students can benefit from the progress made in educational apps. Some of these apps will carry them through primary and secondary school, college and even into the workplace. Find out through trial and error which apps work for your child and remember that not all children respond to the same apps, they can be a very personal choice. Try the free app version before making an expensive purchase.
Here is a list of 5 apps that students as well as parents and teachers may find particularly useful. These apps cover a range of issues and ages and are suitable for all learners, not just those with dyslexia:
Hairy Letters €2.99
Letter sounds come to life with animated character and blending games. This is a fun app for working on phonics and letter formation. The lowercase of each letter plays an animation and the upper case says its name. Letters can then be blended together to make words.
Simplex Spelling HD: Dolsh Sight Words € 4.99
This app helps children master basic sight words so they can build a solid foundation in spelling. If children can recognise these words easily, they will have more energy to master the more difficult ones which have to be broken down.
Popplet allows you to create, organise and sort all of your ideas. You can make lists and notes, organise diagrams and flowcharts, brainstorm ideas and even create photo galleries. It is an app that can be used at any age and will bring the user right through the education system and into the workplace.
Inspiration maps- free
Like Popplet, inspiration maps is a mind-mapping tool that helps organise ideas and thoughts in one place. It is great for studying and revision. It enables the learner to record all relevant information in a picture image rather than pages of text.
Is an excellent app and the child can use it through school, college and beyond. It has hundreds of high quality voices available and works with a range of documents. Simply highlight the text and voicedream will read it out. It can be used with school ebooks.