Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Discussion on Dyslexia including Top Apps


A recent discussion on our Facebook Fanpage resulted in some ideas and apps to help with Dyslexia.

Christina wrote: "My little 6 yo boy was recently assessed and diagnosed with significant Dyslexia and vocab problems. He has an iPad and I was wondering if you have any app resources to help him...His speech is around a 4 year old level."

Since Christina is in NSW, Australia, I suggested looking at SPELD NSW, which is a not-for-profit organization aimed at helping with education and well-being of adults and children with specific learning difficulties.

Click here to go to the AUSPELD website, the Australian Federation of SPELD Associations

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LetterReflex - Overcoming Letter Reversals & Backwards Writing in Early Childhood Development & Dyslexic Children by BinaryLabs, Inc.

From iTunes:
"Does your child get his b’s and d’s mixed up? How about her p’s and q’s? LetterReflex provides a fun way to help overcome common letter reversals. The first activity, Tilt It, uses kinesthetic learning to teach left from right. The second activity, Flip It, allows them to practice what they learned while honing their letter discrimination skills.

√ Tilt It: Teach Left from Right using Kinesthetic Learning
√ Flip It: Practice Letter and Word Discrimination
Both activities are designed to be repeatable and engaging.

Tracking and Progress Reports: The app includes an automatic tracking and reporting feature makes it easy for parents, teachers and therapists to identify time on task, accuracy, and progress. You can email the reports right from the app."


Click here to read our review on Letter Reflex.

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by clicking on this button:

$1.99 (iPad and iPhone)


Letter Reflex Volume Purchase Program for educational/therapy purposes:
$7.99 (iPad only)


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Dyslexia Quest by Nessy Learning Limited

Jeannine recommended:
"For the dyslexia try dyslexia quest. It allows you to set difficulty by age. You then do activities to climb Yeti Mountain. The activities are designed to help dyslexics with reading, no speech required."

From iTunes:
"Climb the mountain and play the yeti games. Each game will test memory and learning skills. The Yeti Master will explain signs of dyslexia.

• 6 games that each develop a different learning ability
• Email your results to those that need to know
• Suggests how to make better use of your learning strengths
• Explains what difficulties you will experience and where you have a weakness
• 3 different paths up the mountain encourage you to replay games and improve your skills
• Can you collect all 18 yetis?

The games are designed to assess working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual memory, auditory memory and sequencing skills. Dyslexia Quest has been developed, researched and tested at the Bristol Dyslexia Centre. The app is designed for a single player and does not support simultaneous multiple users."


If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by clicking on this button:

$1.99 (iPad and iPhone)


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Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare

Janna responded:
"Proloquo2Go is a great Aug Com app, has all levels of support, from pic cues to type-to-speech."

From iTunes:
"Proloquo2Go, an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solution from AssistiveWare®, is for anyone who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on a dedicated AAC device and yet wants a solution that is just as good if not better. SLPs, teachers, and parents recommend Proloquo2Go for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke, or traumatic brain injury."

If you would like to purchase this app, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by clicking on this button:

$219.99 (iPad and iPhone)


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Dyslexia and Dysgraphia by Katherine Johnson

From iTunes:
"The exercises in this app will work on improving the following: Unable to cross eyes easily, or hurts when crossing. Slow copying off the board or from books. Eyes jump over words or parts of words. Eyes jump over lines or repeats lines when reading. Poor balance. Right-left confusion. Mixes up ìdîs and ìbîs or other letters and numbers. Difficulty skipping or marching. Poor handwriting. Poor expression of ideas on paper."

If you would like to download this app, please support Smart Apps For Special Needs by clicking this button:

Free (iPad and iPhone)


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What is dyslexia? by Kelli Sandman-Hurley
Here is a wonderful video outlining the workings of a dyslexic brain:



To view the full lesson about dyslexia at TED-Ed, click here.

To download the free TED app, to watch informative videos on this and a range of other topics, please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by clicking on this button:

Free (iPad and iPhone)


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Cas wants to share this link to some amazing sketches of celebrities with dyslexia: Artist scribbles portraits of famous dyslexics to highlight condition

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