Dyslexic children have a hard time of it, especially when there is a paucity of tools that will make learning infinitely simpler, engaging and will help them learn, without a great deal of difficulty. Now there is some good news for them and all those parents and educators who work with them regularly and are looking for new and improved ways to help them.
There are many iPad apps that facilitate the delivery of a more engaging and intuitive education to students who have learning disabilities. Let’s take a look at them:
This is a great voice recognition app that scores big, because it is so easy-to-use. All you need to do, is speak and you can see your text or email messages, on your iPad screen. It’s faster than typing on the keyboard, over 5 times so, and what’s more, the fact that it’s powered by the Dragon®Naturally Speaking® means, a user can not only speak long and short messages but the length is completely dependent on the user’s requirement. You can train the child to talk into the iPad and look up the text and go through it. This is something that will make learning fun, and the child can do this whenever he/she wants, irrespective of whether the parent or tutor is there to help him/her out or not
Flashcards for iPad
Flashcards for iPad is a great aid for teaching common words to Dyslexic kids by making the entire process of learning fun and easy! It consists of hundreds of flashcards in various categories, which include but are not limited to – Transport, Bodies, Alphabets, Numbers and shapes. And know what the best part is? Well, the illustrations in the flashcards are all drawn by hand, which adds to the excitement!
Additionally, it consists of numerous audio files, sound effects and musical themes, provides easy navigation for kids and multiple options like – ability to record custom sound files for any word or letter, this makes learning fun and simpler for kids. It also includes two interactive and enjoyable games such as Word Match and Spelling Game for more fun!
Find the Letters HD
Want to improve your kids’ reading skills? Use ‘Find the Letters HD’ – an education tool, which is designed by specialists in the field of education and is highly recommended for kids with dyslexia. This app is a must-have because by playing the interactive games provided in it, your kid will be able to improve his/her visual perception abilities considerably! The app consists of about 40 fun and engaging exercises with increasing levels of difficulty (up to 4 levels) and you can easily track your child’s progress on each and every exercise, as well.
A1 Spelling App Free
Help your kid learn common spellings using the A1 Spelling App. Using this app is convenience personified; all your kid needs to do is – see a picture flash on the iPad’s screen, hear the word related to it being spelt out and try typing the spelling using the key pad.
This app covers as many as 150 words in six different categories and consists of a feature called ‘Spell-It’, tapping on which, kids can learn how to spell a particular word by listening to it and memorizing it. Additionally, if you press the ‘Help’ button in the app, it will hide all alphabets on the keyboard barring the ones, which the kids will need to spell a particular word. This way, they’ll become more confident and take the initiative to spell on their own.
In a nutshell, this app will help your kids become good spellers, readers and boost their confidence like never before and all this, will happen with minimal supervision from your side!
Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic
This app consists of numerous colourful characters and animations along with hand-drawn illustrations, which will help your child, make the connection between letters and sounds, spell out simple words they have read and much more. It includes as many as 12 scenes for over 32 words and has various levels of difficulty to challenge the children as they play. Use Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic to help your child finish an entire book without any helps whatsoever. What more could you possibly want?
These are some of the best iPad apps, using which you can make learning more fun, interesting and easy for dyslexic children. I am sure that by using these apps on a regular basis, you will find significant improvement in your child.
Author Bio: Frank Johnson is a Custom iPad Application Developer with MyFirstiPadApp.com and has worked on various projects based on the latest iOS versions.