What kinds of technology can help a kid with dyslexia?
In addition to books with larger type such as Henry Winkler's Here's Hank series, there are a variety of apps and other media that can help kids who struggle with reading and writing.
A few to try:
- Learning Ally Audio, age 5. A superior subscription-audio-book service paired with an app so you can use it anywhere.
- LetterReflex Overcoming Letter Reversals & Backwards Writing, age 6. Provides a fun, effective way to work on letter/number reversals.
- Dyslexia Quest, age 7. A Yeti-themed game that assesses memory and listening skills.
- ModMath, age 7. Offers virtual graph paper to help keep math problems legible.
- Clicker Docs, age 8. A word processor that offers extra support for struggling writers.
Digital technology is a great option because it allows kids to work at their own pace, provides nonjudgmental feedback, and levels up and down to accommodate changing abilities. You also may be able to get reports that show where your kid is excelling and where she needs help.
Programs that let kids tell stories and express themselves are beneficial for those with reading challenges, as are apps that stress fundamentals such as writing and phonics. Common Sense's Special Needs Guide offers a range of recommendations for kids who struggle with traditional learning. Check out the Reading and Writing section for ideas.