According to the International Dyslexia Foundation, between 15% and 20% of the world’s population has dyslexia. In the US, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 15% of the country’s population is affected by this reading disorder. Dyslexia is also one of the most common learning disorders to affect elementary school children.
Only 1 in 10 dyslexic students receive special education to help them deal with this disorder. But all is not lost for the remaining nine. Just because your student or child is not getting state-sponsored aid, this does not mean you cannot do your part. The solution lies in the world of technological advancement.
Here are five apps that can offer a great deal of assistance to students with dyslexia:
1) – vBookz PDF Voice Reader
vBookz allows users to display PDF documents with speech ability interface features. Users can open PDF files from various locations, such as email, Dropbox, Google Drive, Safari or iTunes and have the contents read to them. This app also translates text in 16 different languages into a special font called ‘Dyslexie’. Developed by Christian Boer, a graphic designer with dyslexia, Dyslexie uses information about the affects of dyslexia on perception of letters and words. This font is specifically designed to make life easier for children with dyslexia.
2) – SoundLiteracy
SoundLiteracy aids instructors in teaching dyslexic children. It uses a customizable tile design which at first may look like a game, however, its interactive features are easy to follow for both teachers and students. SoundLiteracy can be used to help dyslexic students distinguish between individual sounds, process word sound structures and formulate spelling methodologies. Since its launch, this app has helped more than eight thousand instructors in 21 countries.
3) – ModMath
ModMath is an iPad application that helps students with dyslexia understand math problems. It is an adaptive program that improves math skills in children. This app also helps students with autism, ADHS and other such learning disorders. It provides students with a virtual graph paper where they can put up math equations in simple and legible format and find solutions for them. Children can learn addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and even fractions and equations without having to pick up a paper and pencil.
4) – Dyslexia Quest
Dyslexia Quest offers a series of games which tests the memory and learning skills of individuals who have dyslexia. This app specifically deals with working memory, phonological awareness, visual memory, processing speech, sequencing skills and auditory memory. It is available for children between the ages of 7 and 10, 11 and 16 and for individuals who are 17 and older. Dyslexia Quest has a total of 6 games that each tests a different ability. You can even email your results to all those who wish to know them and track your progress.
5) – Inspiration Maps
This is a highly visual and interactive learning application for fourth graders or higher. The app engages students in active learning by creating diagrams, maps and organizers that aid in brainstorming, planning, organizing and building. Inspiration Maps is designed in a friendly and easy to follow format. Diagrams are simple to construct and save and can transform to outlines with one tap. Dozens of templates are included in the app and students can also personalize diagrams with color, shape, backgrounds and arrow styles.
Did you know Albert Einstein was dyslexic? Students with dyslexia are just as intelligent as the others. You would be surprised to know that over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic. Dyslexic children can excel at connecting ideas, 3D thinking, thinking outside the box, music, electronics, physics, sales and sports. And if you need further proof of their chances at future success, here are a few names that might put things in perspective: Stephen Spielberg, Muhammad Ali and Richard Branson are only a few famous people who are dyslexic.
Dyslexia is a reading disorder which makes recognizing words, spelling and decoding a very difficult process.
With this in mind, make sure you give your child/student the best opportunity to learn and grow. Apps can take them a long way on their road to leading successful lives. Give them all that you can to help them grow into confident successful individuals.