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The computer and carefully selected software can dramatically improve the life of a dyslexic person with reading, writing or spelling difficulties.

Reading

People who have difficulty reading can use a computer text reader to read text they are unable to read independently.
A text reader will read the words out loud, highlighting each word as it is read.

(Go to the software section to see a list of companies that sell text readers.)

Writing

People who have difficulty putting their ideas into written form can use programs that allow them to record their ideas before starting to write.

Dyslexic people often forget what they want to say when they start to write. If they have recorded what they want to say they can listen to their recording at any time during the writing process and refresh their memory.

Even if a student never finishes writing the text the teacher can listen to the recording of the student's ideas.
Very young children can use programs such as 2Create a Story.
Slightly older students might use Story Book Weaver.

Adults/Students might use Voice Activated Software. The person using the software speaks into a microphone and then the computer types the words. (You will have used a version of voice activated software if you have booked cinema tickets over the phone.) Some people find this software fantastic, others find it more difficult to use.

It takes a little time to get used to using it, so don't give up too soon.
(Go to the software section to see a list of companies that sell writing aids and voice activated software.)

Spelling

Difficulty with spelling is usually a lifelong issue for the dyslexic person.
Computer spell checks are a great help as are hand held spell checkers.

Programs with a homophone check, a dictionary and thesaurus and a word prediction facility are also very useful.

Spelling programs such as Wordshark and Starspell are great fun and enable students to practice their spelling, there are lots of games so the students should never get bored. A student can even record his own spelling lists.
(Go to the software section to see a list of companies that sell spelling programs)

Touch Typing

As an increasing amount of a students work at secondary school will need to be produced on a computer it is a good idea for them to be taught to touch type.

Touch typing can help the student who has difficulty using a pencil and paper.
It can also improve a student's spelling.
(Go to the software section to see a list of companies that sell touch typing programs.)

Maths

Many dyslexic people have difficulty with sequencing. This makes learning tables very difficult.
There are some excellent programs that can help a student to learn these number facts. Teaching

Tables by iR Primary Games is a good example.
(Go to the software section to see a list of companies that sell maths programs.)

Concept/Mind Maps

Dyslexic students and adults often have difficulty organizing their ideas.
Mind mapping programs can help them to become more organized. They can help students structure a story and they can also be used for revision purposes.

Adults can use mind maps to help them write reports.
(Go to the software section to see a list of companies that sell Mind Mapping programs.)

British Dyslexia Association New Technologies Committee's Website

This website has many informative pages and covers the topics above in more detail. Whether you are a teacher, parent, adult dyslexic or employer you will find something of interest on this excellent site.

Click here to find out more.

 

 

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