Dyslexia Aids & Equipment
There are too many useful aids and equipment to help with dyslexia, to put on one page, so I have split them into categories below:
I have listed a few of my favourite useful aids below:
Voice Recognition Software – Dragon Naturally Preferred
Just speak and it types – Absolutely great.
This software is wonderful for all ages, but particularly from seven years upwards. Some years ago, this would have costs some thousands of pounds, now look at the price. It is really good for students struggling to get their work down on paper. Mosts schools will let children do their homework on this software now and eventually, I think we will all stop writing all together.
This is extremely good value for money.
Specially designed to slot between the pages of a book, this slim format dictionary contains the entire contents of the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, providing definitions and phrases to over 145,000 words.
145,000 word Dictionary
Ultra thin bookmark format – slides easily into any book
Create your own Study List
Databank for 50 names and numbers
Time and date function with local and world time
Metric and currency convertor
Quicktionary Reading Pen (Oxford Dictionary)
Designed specifically for people with dyslexia who require support with reading, the Reading Pen is an ideal tool to help with reading words that the user can’t spell, pronounce or comprehend. The Reading Pen promotes independent and inclusive learning as it reduces the need for additional support; in other words students and adults can continue reading and studying without asking for help from colleagues or teachers. Available from: Iansyst, website:dyslexic.com.
GROTTO GRIP 5 PACK
Finally, a grip with all the ‘write’ features – Developed and tested by pediatric occupational therapists specializing in handwriting. Writing is fifty percent of literacy, this product will help your child be all they can be.
‘I am a teacher and the occupational therapist at our school recommended this pencil grip for a few of my students. It works really well in training their hand to hold the pencil correctly. It is a little bit large, but I find it helps students hold the pencil correctly. For my kindergarten student, I need to remind him how to hold it and watch that he tucks his middle finger under correctly. I very much recommend this grip’.
By Music Fan “Jess”, Amazon
The advantage of instant feedback, the possibility of echoing each letter name, each word, each sentence of any marked section of text, as well as reading through, helps the student with poor short term memory and ensures an efficient transfer to long term memory – making learning fun. Software packages can provide structured learning, continually developing skills and providing support for literacy and numeracy.
computers can help people with learning difficulties in lots of different ways:
* Learning to use databases and spreadsheets may aid sequential thinking and problem solving skills.
* Can motivate people, especially children.
* There is immediate reinforcement.
* Students have the ability to make and self-correct mistakes in private.
* Essential over leaning/reinforcement.
* Most computers can now be programmed to ‘speak to you’. This software could revolutionise foreign language learning. Programs with speech take learning truly multi-sensory computers.
* Can listen – ideas developed orally can be tried out and changed easily.
* Response is immediate.
* Students work at own pace.
* Printouts and text on a screen are often easier to read than their own writing.
* Reading and spelling are incorporated in nearly every program.
* The colours and brightness on computer screens can be adjusted.