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Tech Tools for Dyslexia

There are many apps, websites, and other technological tools available to help both children and adults improve their reading, writing, and spelling skills. Here are just a few of the best iPad/iPhone apps that are especially good for children who are struggling with dyslexia.

 

 

  • A1 Spelling - Helps struggling spellers learn the correct spelling of common words by voicing the words aloud, using repetition, and accompanying the words with pictures.
  • abc PocketPhonics - Aimed at kids 3-6, this app teaches letter sounds, letter writing, and first words.
  • ACT Spell - Developed specifically for special needs learners, this app helps develop the motor, visual, and neurological skills that relate to reading.
  • American Wordspeller - A dictionary allowing users to find word spellings and meanings by searching phonetically, i.e. "kwik" will find "quick."
  • Blio - An e-reader with special features to help struggling readers make sense of words.
  • Bob Books - Phonics-based interactive games help kids make connections between letters and sounds.
  • Dyslexic Like Me - An interactive children's book featuring multi-sensory learning techniques to help overcome dyslexia.
  • iWriteWords - Helps children learn to write their letters. Named by The Washington Post as one of the best apps for special needs kids.
  • Sound Literacy - Designed by teachers, this customizable app teaches phonemic awareness and aligns with the Orton-Gillingham curriculum.

 

And when you're not on a mobile device, openWeb is a free dyslexia-friendly web browser featuring the easy-to-read OpenDyslexic font, less contrast between colors to prevent glare, and bolder symbols to help better detect sentences.

For a more extensive list of helpful apps and other tech tools, follow the links listed in Additional Resources.

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