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5 Apps To Help Children Overcome Dyslexia

2014-04-18 12:13:22 +0530

Using the right tools can enable children with dyslexia to face the world around them with renewed confidence and wonder. And a little help from technology could be just what they need

Not too long ago, Aamir Khan, with his movie Taare Zameen Par, brought to the fore one of the common learning disabilities that children experience-dyslexia. Apart from being a rage, what the movie did best was show parents how they can help their child overcome this challenge with patience, perseverance, love and most importantly, by discovering a unique learning path that works best for their child. Just changing tact can be the answer sometimes to make a breakthrough as far as learning disabilities go. Here, I've rounded up some apps that can help you make learning easier for a child with dyslexia and make her enjoy the process too.

Phonics Genius
This popular app by Alligator apps is a great teaching tool as it helps a child recognise, read and speak words through phonics. With over 6000 words, grouped through phonics, the list is exhaustive. A child can listen to words featuring common blends {words like afterthoughtful (afterthought + thoughtful) or agitprop (agitation + propaganda)}, and then record them in their own voices and play it back to understand the differences in their pronunciation. There's also a listening game where children match visual and spoken words.       
Available on: iOS and android
Cost: Free

ABC Writing
While reading is one part of the learning process, the other part is writing. This app comes with a vast library of words that children can trace over to understand letter patterns. There is also a feature to hear the word spelled letter-by-letter as well as the whole word together.

Available on: iOS
Cost: Free

Phonetic Dictionary
This app will help your child discover words based on their phonic sounds as opposed to the way a word is spelt. As long as your child has mastered the sound of the word, she can easily type it in, without worrying about the spelling being the right one, and the dictionary will throw back the most probable results. This can be of great assistance to your child especially while doing schoolwork. 

Available on: iOS
Cost: $1.99

Prizmo
This optical character-recognition app can be a blessing for children with a reading challenge, as it helps them take a picture of text documents and then reads out those documents using text-to-speech tools. What's more, it can double as a scanning tool to save text documents in a pdf format that can be read later.  

Available on: iOS and android
Cost: $5.99


Learning Ally
This app, although a little expensive, can be a great way to get your child to read more effectively. It has a huge library of audio books that can be downloaded. Recently, it also worked on providing 'voice text' books that include human narration and highlighted text. In order to download this app you must become a member (with a qualifying learning disability). 

Available on: iOS and android
Cost: $19.99

If your child has a learning disability, empowering them with the right tools is half the battle won, as it gives them the drive, confidence and ability to explore possibilities that seem out of reach. So, go ahead and fuel your child's learning with these helpful apps. 

We would love your recommendations on what technology you use to help your child with her learning process. Do leave us a comment below!

Read our story on how to detect dyslexia early on here.




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5 Apps To Help Children Overcome Dyslexia

2014-04-18 12:13:22 +0530

Using the right tools can enable children with dyslexia to face the world around them with renewed confidence and wonder. And a little help from technology could be just what they need

Not too long ago, Aamir Khan, with his movie Taare Zameen Par, brought to the fore one of the common learning disabilities that children experience-dyslexia. Apart from being a rage, what the movie did best was show parents how they can help their child overcome this challenge with patience, perseverance, love and most importantly, by discovering a unique learning path that works best for their child. Just changing tact can be the answer sometimes to make a breakthrough as far as learning disabilities go. Here, I've rounded up some apps that can help you make learning easier for a child with dyslexia and make her enjoy the process too.

Phonics Genius
This popular app by Alligator apps is a great teaching tool as it helps a child recognise, read and speak words through phonics. With over 6000 words, grouped through phonics, the list is exhaustive. A child can listen to words featuring common blends {words like afterthoughtful (afterthought + thoughtful) or agitprop (agitation + propaganda)}, and then record them in their own voices and play it back to understand the differences in their pronunciation. There's also a listening game where children match visual and spoken words.       
Available on: iOS and android
Cost: Free

ABC Writing
While reading is one part of the learning process, the other part is writing. This app comes with a vast library of words that children can trace over to understand letter patterns. There is also a feature to hear the word spelled letter-by-letter as well as the whole word together.

Available on: iOS
Cost: Free

Phonetic Dictionary
This app will help your child discover words based on their phonic sounds as opposed to the way a word is spelt. As long as your child has mastered the sound of the word, she can easily type it in, without worrying about the spelling being the right one, and the dictionary will throw back the most probable results. This can be of great assistance to your child especially while doing schoolwork. 

Available on: iOS
Cost: $1.99

Prizmo
This optical character-recognition app can be a blessing for children with a reading challenge, as it helps them take a picture of text documents and then reads out those documents using text-to-speech tools. What's more, it can double as a scanning tool to save text documents in a pdf format that can be read later.  

Available on: iOS and android
Cost: $5.99


Learning Ally
This app, although a little expensive, can be a great way to get your child to read more effectively. It has a huge library of audio books that can be downloaded. Recently, it also worked on providing 'voice text' books that include human narration and highlighted text. In order to download this app you must become a member (with a qualifying learning disability). 

Available on: iOS and android
Cost: $19.99

If your child has a learning disability, empowering them with the right tools is half the battle won, as it gives them the drive, confidence and ability to explore possibilities that seem out of reach. So, go ahead and fuel your child's learning with these helpful apps. 

We would love your recommendations on what technology you use to help your child with her learning process. Do leave us a comment below!

Read our story on how to detect dyslexia early on here.


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5 Apps To Help Children Overcome Dyslexia

2014-04-18 12:13:22 +0530

Using the right tools can enable children with dyslexia to face the world around them with renewed confidence and wonder. And a little help from technology could be just what they need

Not too long ago, Aamir Khan, with his movie Taare Zameen Par, brought to the fore one of the common learning disabilities that children experience-dyslexia. Apart from being a rage, what the movie did best was show parents how they can help their child overcome this challenge with patience, perseverance, love and most importantly, by discovering a unique learning path that works best for their child. Just changing tact can be the answer sometimes to make a breakthrough as far as learning disabilities go. Here, I've rounded up some apps that can help you make learning easier for a child with dyslexia and make her enjoy the process too.

Phonics Genius
This popular app by Alligator apps is a great teaching tool as it helps a child recognise, read and speak words through phonics. With over 6000 words, grouped through phonics, the list is exhaustive. A child can listen to words featuring common blends {words like afterthoughtful (afterthought + thoughtful) or agitprop (agitation + propaganda)}, and then record them in their own voices and play it back to understand the differences in their pronunciation. There's also a listening game where children match visual and spoken words.       
Available on: iOS and android
Cost: Free

ABC Writing
While reading is one part of the learning process, the other part is writing. This app comes with a vast library of words that children can trace over to understand letter patterns. There is also a feature to hear the word spelled letter-by-letter as well as the whole word together.

Available on: iOS
Cost: Free

Phonetic Dictionary
This app will help your child discover words based on their phonic sounds as opposed to the way a word is spelt. As long as your child has mastered the sound of the word, she can easily type it in, without worrying about the spelling being the right one, and the dictionary will throw back the most probable results. This can be of great assistance to your child especially while doing schoolwork. 

Available on: iOS
Cost: $1.99

Prizmo
This optical character-recognition app can be a blessing for children with a reading challenge, as it helps them take a picture of text documents and then reads out those documents using text-to-speech tools. What's more, it can double as a scanning tool to save text documents in a pdf format that can be read later.  

Available on: iOS and android
Cost: $5.99


Learning Ally
This app, although a little expensive, can be a great way to get your child to read more effectively. It has a huge library of audio books that can be downloaded. Recently, it also worked on providing 'voice text' books that include human narration and highlighted text. In order to download this app you must become a member (with a qualifying learning disability). 

Available on: iOS and android
Cost: $19.99

If your child has a learning disability, empowering them with the right tools is half the battle won, as it gives them the drive, confidence and ability to explore possibilities that seem out of reach. So, go ahead and fuel your child's learning with these helpful apps. 

We would love your recommendations on what technology you use to help your child with her learning process. Do leave us a comment below!

Read our story on how to detect dyslexia early on here.