Potentially, ready access to technology could remove almost all barriers to learning for our dyslexic learners.
- Make sure that the learner’s keyboarding skills are good, as this will allow them to access technology much more easily. The sites BBC Dance Mat and Doorway Online are recommended for this purpose.
- Encourage the learner to use the spellcheck function.
- Use word-prediction. Software such as Clicker and Read & Write Gold have this functionality, as do Android and Apple devices.
- Use mind-mapping before word processing – either old-school with a pen and paper, or using Inspiration, Kidspiration, Popplet or other software/apps.
- Make a video or animation as an alternative way of presenting information.
- Record ideas by using a dictaphone, mobile device, webcam or creating a podcast to support recall or as an alternative to writing for some of the time.
- Use talking word processor / text to speech, and audio files to overcome difficulties in reading text at the appropriate cognitive level.
- Copies of work / lesson notes should be available for all, especially for those requiring text to speech.
Edinburgh teachers should also make sure they are familiar with the Council’s Literacy and Dyslexia Guidelines. These should be available in hard copy in every city school.
Please also see the dyspraxia page for additional strategies as this often co-exists with dyslexia, and also our links and resources page.