Dyslexia resources - stuff that makes life easier

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DD is 9 and dyslexic. She gets extra help in school but it would be useful to know what has helped others in terms of software/books (Barrington Stoke we have discovered) etc (maybe a helpful list for others too).

Specifically I am going to have to buy a new laptop soon anyway as this is on its way out - any that have been found to be better for dyslexics than others in anyone's experience?

Err...anyone?

TeamEdward Mon 17-Feb-14 08:00:19

DS1 is 8 and recently diagnosed with some strong dyslexic tendencies. I can't offer any advice on laptops, but DS has found using Clicker software helpful.

TeamEdward Mon 17-Feb-14 08:01:51

Clicker
It's a word bank type word processing tool.

Letticetheslug Mon 17-Feb-14 08:03:42

Have you looked on the British Dyslexia Association site?

Software like Clicker 6 is good ( Crick Software) , The font comic sans is easier to read or you can download the font 'open dyslexia' for free and import it to Word.

nutty1966 Mon 17-Feb-14 19:47:48

I really rate www.easyread.com and the people who support it

HaveAcuppa Wed 19-Feb-14 15:46:47

DD (13) is now using an iPad at school with Iread write gold software. Also dragon dicatation is a good piece of software.

Thanks all - I do have 'open dyslexia' font but had forgotten that until now! Will look at those other suggestions.

BigBird69 Mon 24-Feb-14 12:55:11

Nessy fingers is good. I don't know how severe your DC is but there are lots of syllable games, coloured keyboards, lowercase key boards etc available. My son is very severe and attends a specialist school x

flowerpowergirl Wed 23-Apr-14 15:35:08

Marking my place for these ideas. Thx

LittleBird66 Wed 23-Apr-14 19:42:37

Check out Oliverwestfootnotes.com and his book- In Search of Words-he is someone who is chronically dyslexic and has developed simple but effective strategies to help support those who are too.

rogueelement Sat 26-Apr-14 17:44:36

Galaxy Note S10 tablet is very good; you can alter the default fonts and everything is very intuitive. It doesn't replace a laptop unfortunately, but it's a nice device. The ipad is also good and both of them have read-aloud options built in.

Libraries have audio books with actual books (in a sort of DVD pack with book and CD), that you can borrow - quite helpful to support reading.

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