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Dyslexia and dysgraphia can be tough on kids, especially when there's ever-growing pressure to perform at ever-more competitive schools. But with early detection and good tools, children can overcome many of the obstacles that come with these learning disabilities. Here are a few apps that will help not just students, but parents and teachers.



Published: Fri 29 Apr 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 29 Apr 2016, 2:00 AM


ModMath (iOS, free)
ModMath has been developed by parents whose own kids have dyslexia and dysgraphia, so you can be rest assured it works. It allows children to type math problems instead of writing them by hand, which can prove difficult if they are dyslexic. The app provides virtual graph paper and a calculator, and you can print out your work or email it directly to a teacher.
 

Phonics Genius (iOS, free)
Ideal for kids up to six years old, this app is one of the best ways to rapidly learn how to speak, read, and recognise words using phonics, or sounds. There are over 6,000 professionally recorded words all grouped together into 225 phonic categories to help kids learn. They can even record their own voices to help them learn better and follow the lessons.
 
Dyslexia Quest (iOS, Dh22)
There are six games in Dyslexia Quest that help test and build memory, as well as learn skills in different areas. The app, which was developed and tested at the Bristol Dyslexia Center in the UK, specifically assesses working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual memory, auditory memory and sequencing skills.
 
openWeb (iOS, free)
This is a browser designed specially for people with dyslexia. It works by replacing the fonts on web pages to OpenDyslexic, a free, open-source font designed for easy reading. One of the benefits of the font is that symbols appear bolder and darker to help detect sentences and phrases better. There is also a reading mode to help dyslexic people read with minimal distractions - also, no ads!
 
Read&Write (Android, Free)
This app's text-to-speech capabilities with synchronised highlighting is a great one for dyslexic writers, enabling them to proofread documents online or stored on the device. The keyboard's talking dictionary and picture dictionary are great for reading comprehension, and tools like word prediction, spell checker and audio feedback during typing help throughout the writing process.


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