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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12

By ADK AccessAbility, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Talk instead of type with stellar speech-to-text tool.

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DNS is very good and the most popular voice-recognition program available. It's a very powerful program that does require careful training and use in an environment that controls ambient noise for best results. It's a really valuable tool for any child having difficulty using a traditional keyboard or mouse, and it could also be of use to kids with learning disabilities.
The controls work very well. DNS can be trained initially to a new user's voice in about half an hour, which is good enough for beginning dictation. It continues to "learn" a user's voice, however, so rigorous corrections are essential. (Parents will definitely have to help with this part.) Complete computer control by voice is possible with DNS, but it requires learning numerous commands and has a steeper learning curve. As with many sophisticated computer programs, kids will master the part of it that they use regularly and figure out the rest as needed.

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