9 Useful Apps to support Dyslexia

In this co-authored guest blog for neurodiversity celebration week we list 9 useful dyslexia apps that will help you or someone you know. Continue Reading 9 Useful Apps to support Dyslexia

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Dyslexia is part of the neurodivergent family. This means people who have dyslexia process in ways that differ to those who are “neurotypical”. It may present itself as difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, memory retention as well as written expression. Let’s be clear though, it does not affect intelligence.

It is estimated that roughly 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia. Luckily, there are many different support techniques, apps and support groups available to help improve reading and writing skills. There is good news though, as there are many apps to support dyslexia.

More about Dyslexia

Most people think dyslexia starts to become apparent when a child starts school. With the main focus being on learning to read and write. However, this is not always the case and many people do not get a diagnosis until adulthood. Some common signs that someone may have dyslexia include:

  • Structuring written communication.
  • Speed of comprehension.
  • Confusing the order of letters in words.
  • Writing letters the wrong way round (Such as writing “b” as “d” etc.)
  • Inconsistent spelling and grammar.
  • Understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty retaining the information and may need it to be written down to support what was said to them.
  • Finding it hard to carry out a sequence of requests.
  • Struggle with planning, organisation and time keeping.

However, while people with dyslexia may exhibit some of the things listed above, they will have skills such as creative thinking, problems solving, visualisation, 3-D perception and code breaking.

For more information on how to be a dyslexia-friendly employer read this blog post. For more information about Autism in the workplace read this blog post.

9 Apps to support Dyslexia

There are quite literally hundreds, if not thousands, of useful apps out there that can help you, your family or someone you know with dyslexia. Here are 9 recommended by My Locum Manager.

1. MindMeister – Freemium & Paid

Traditional note-taking can be information overload for anyone. Listening and taking accurate notes, whilst trying to process and remember everything add additional cognitive burden for anyone who has dyslexia. MindMeister is an online mind mapping app that allows you to visualise, share and present thoughts, ideas and notes via the cloud. With more than 7 million users and over 1 billion visualised ideas to date, MindMeister is perfect for use inside and outside the classroom or workplace.
Available on both Apple & Android

2. NaturalReader – Free & Paid

NaturalReader is a text-to-speech reader that allows you to upload text and documents. You can then convert these to MP3 files to listen to in 16 different languages. Whether that’s school notes or even a printed book. This removes the need to constantly read and works to support different learning styles.
Available on both Apple & Android.

3. Pocket: Save Stories for Later – Freemium & Paid

Pocket is a great tool for everyone who doesn’t want a clogged inbox! Great for saving articles, videos and stories from just about any online publication, page or app for later or offline use. It allows you to take advantage of text-to-speech technology too. You can simply and easily access any reading material whether online or offline. Pocket removes clutter from articles and allows the user to add tags to their articles and even allows the user to adjust text settings for easier reading.
Available on both Apple & Android.

4. SnapType Pro – £4.99

SnapTye Pro is an app that enables you to complete a hardcopy worksheet on your tablet or phone. Designed for pupils and students who struggle with handwriting. Just snap a picture of the worksheet, and SnapType Pro will allow you to overlay text boxes onto the photos. Thus allowing you to take advantage of the keyboard and voice-to-text capabilities to input answers.
Available on both Apple & Android

5. Google Play Books – Free & Paid (Android Only)

Google Play Books allows you to browse a wide range of books. with a few e-books and audiobooks available for free. There is a ‘read aloud’ feature which allows any book to be read aloud and followed along with. Thanks to a synchronized highlighter it’s easy to read along and follow whereabouts your up to.
Available on Android only.

6. Ginger Grammar Checker: Spellchecker – Free (Android) & Paid (Apple)

There are many spellcheck apps out there, but they tend to check only the word you’re typing. With Ginger Grammar Checker, it checks the whole sentence that you have written. This is perfect whether you want to send a short message or for writing up important business emails . Available on Android & Apple.

7. Inspiration Maps – Free (Apple Only)

Inspiration Maps is a visual thinking and learning app for Apple iPhone and iPad. It is an intuitive and powerful visual thinking app. Aimed to help you build diagrams and graphic organisers with ease. Combine images, text and diagrams in order to organise ideas and concepts in an easy to understand way.
Available on Apple only.

8. Touch-Type, Read & Spell – Free (Apple Only)

Touch-type, read & spell (TTRS) is an award-winning multi-sensory course and app that allows you to learn to touch type in an easy and fun way. Made up of short lessons you can learn at your own pace and track progress within the app. Requiring minimal supervision, the app helps to build focus and concentration, while boosting confidence and self-esteem.
Available on Apple only.

9. ClaroSpeak – Pricing varies on package (Android and Apple)

ClaroSpeak lets you speak text out loud and change text appearance to help with reading. It also has word prediction and echoes your typing to help with writing.
Available on Apple.

Guest Blog: Apps to support dyslexia

This post was co-authored My Locum Manager; a simple all-in-one Locum GP programme run by locums for locums.

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