Navigating the best ways to help guide your dyslexic students is a difficult thing to do. You want the best for all of your students, but it may be challenging to work out how to get the best out of them all on your own. Thankfully, technology is on your side, with many tools, apps, and techniques being developed to provide guidance to both you and your students.
The following is a list of some of the best tools on offer for Dyslexic students and their teachers:
1. Dyslexie Font
Dyslexie is a downloadable font that has been developed especially to cater towards individuals with Dyslexia. Each letter has been carefully constructed so that they are each uniquely shaped, making it less likely to mistake one letter for another. Available to Home Users, Businesses, Educators and more, Dyslexie is a universal font that is appropriate for use amongst both children and adults.
This app, compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android, guides spelling by predicting words that are phonetically or inventively spelled, which is very useful when you have no idea just how a word is actually spelled. This app automatically saves any content that has been written to minimise stress and maximise quality content. Download it here.
3. TouchMath Mobile Apps
Designed for younger Primary School aged children, TouchMath apps allow children to learn how to count and do simple addition on a smartphone or tablet, without ever having to pick up a pencil or paper, allowing children to get to the maths, without having to focus on writing anything down.
4. Oz Phonics
Focusing on spelling and sound patterns, Oz Phonics is an app that provides small games and activities for those with Dyslexia or who are learning English as an additional language.
5. The Psychology of Dyslexia (A Handbook for Teachers) 2nd Edition by Michael Thomson
A guide for teachers that introduces them to the most common learning disorder in education, Dyslexia. This book defines Dyslexia, covers its history, psychometrics, assessment types, and much more to give the reader an in-depth view behind the science of Dyslexia and phonological processing.
6. Why kids can’t read: What teachers can do, a Guide for Teachers by Kyleen Beers
This book supplies practical and sensible solutions and techniques to provide the right guidance and assistance to secondary school aged children who struggle with reading and/or have Dyslexia.
7. Helping students take control of Everyday Executive Functions: The Attention Fix by Paula Moraine
This book provides the key to strengthening an individual’s executive function, especially those who struggle with attention, memory, planning, and flexibility. Moraine aims to guide teachers of Dyslexic and Learning Disabled students by presenting a model with a student centred approach.