Dyslexia Keyboard

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Assistive features make this writing tool worth every penny.

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Educational Value

Although Dyslexia Keyboard is designed primarily as an assistive tool and does not have specific learning objectives, the way its features are delivered maximize its educational value. For kids who struggle with writing or written text, hearing each word spoken aloud (whether in content or in the editing features at the bottom of the screen) will help engage them.

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Setup may be tricky for some younger users, so they may need adult help. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dyslexia Keyboard is worth its price tag as one of the best assistive keyboards on the market. Features include impeccable word prediction, voice-to-text, spell check, grammar check, and read-aloud both in context and in the editing window. This tool doesn't automatically correct errors and instead requires kids to take a more active role in the editing process. For kids who struggle with writing or typing, especially completing long tasks such as writing essays or stories, this tool will help them focus first on the content of their text and second on the process of writing. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

DYSLEXIA KEYBOARD helps kids write and edit their texts on the iPad. It predicts words using phonetic spelling and content-aligned vocabulary. After loading it within the iPad settings (Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard), kids can begin typing in any app that allows text entry and utilize the features. These include quick-spell word prediction, advanced grammar and punctuation editing, phonetic and context-specific spell check, an effective proofreader, speak-as-you-write functionality, reading assistance with dual highlighting within the editing frame, and integrated dictionaries. Kids can select a word by clicking on it, which will also read it aloud whether in the sentence or in the editing frame at the bottom of the screen. Then they can replace words by double-clicking or swiping on the new word.

Is it any good?

This keyboard is well worth its hefty price tag and may change the game for struggling writers. The platform is simple, and the editing window that opens clearly separates spelling and grammar options. Dyslexia Keyboard will read any text aloud, whether it's typed by the user or found in the suggested list of words. It checks spelling, grammar, and punctuation by highlighting them in different colors in the editing window and not on the original text, which will help kids focus on the sentence they're editing. The built-in dictionary may be more suitable for older users, but it's also simple and focused on helping kids make the right word selection. Overall, the speed, ease, and correctness of the predictive features make this one of the best options on the market to date.

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  • Families can talk about the frustrations kids feel when writing long tasks, such as stories or essays. Together, pinpoint whether their frustration stems from not knowing where to start, coming up with ideas, writing clearly, spelling, editing, or something else. Then talk about how Dyslexia Keyboard might help.

  • Help kids track their growth as writers when using a tool like Dyslexia Keyboard. Are kids using the voice-to-text feature or the predictive keyboard more often? Have they begun to check their work sentence by sentence or paragraph by paragraph instead of word by word? Do they see their error before clicking on the ABC button to have the tool check it for them?

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For kids who love writing and homework help apps

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