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Scanning pen dyslexia

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zzzzz Mon 13-Feb-17 23:19:30

I've just googled these from something said on another thread. Has anyone used one or do any of your kids use them in school?

I wonder if there's a cheaper version you can hook up to your tablet or phone?

Looks brilliant!

zzzzz Tue 14-Feb-17 13:28:29

Ds is dyslexic but can read but this looks about the right level of support for him. He's only Y7 and has permission to use his iPad in lessons (but since no one has helped him DO that, it's pretty useless as he is typically disorganised and self conscious). I wondered if the pens were a better option?

I'd really like to hear from someone who'd used them before I suggest it to school as I'm sure there are lots of issues I wouldn't even think of.

Spongesecret008 Tue 14-Feb-17 14:20:48

It does sound good zzzzz. I would be interested in this for my ds. He has an alpha smart to help him with his written work.

What are you thinking of doing? Buying the scanning pen for your Ds to take to school?

zzzzz Tue 14-Feb-17 14:23:00

If I have to. I think I need to see how it will fit and REALLY want to hear from people who use them. It's £££ but if it would really help I think the sooner the better.

chickensarethebest Tue 14-Feb-17 14:35:27

Reading pens are amazing - perfect to support working memory difficulties.

Most of the kids I know use them in exam conditions when the stress and time constraints don't allow them to re-read enough. They definitely free up cognition.

Can you try one out? Like all tech, there is that magical reaction to it - they know if it is going to help them and are so tuned it, it is a eureka moment, if it is going to be useful.

They are on my to-buy-list because I have seen what a difference they can make and all the latest GCSEs are very word-heavy.

zzzzz Tue 14-Feb-17 14:37:28

Are there some you can use in exams and some not? I think you want to be using it every day not just "on the day".

Userone1 Tue 14-Feb-17 14:55:54

Do you have a link to pens?

chickensarethebest Tue 14-Feb-17 15:02:08

I think on a day to day basis, there are lots of ways to compensate for reading difficulties. DS1 likes reading but I know it is a lot more effortful than if he didn't have dyslexia; so, I often read to him, use the RNIB website load2learn, audiobooks, or just give him the time it takes him to read. It is him I will be buying the pen for.
Just had a look at JCQ - at the moment, they only specify that the reading pen " will not have an in-built dictionary or thesaurus, or a data storage facility." - kind of common sense.

zzzzz Tue 14-Feb-17 16:30:24

I just googled "scanner pen dyslexia" userone1

Ineedmorepatience Tue 14-Feb-17 20:54:46

You could contact the British Dyslexia Association @*Zzzzz*, a rep for them came to a conference I went to and he showed us the type of pens that can be used in exams and also Dragon Software which is speech to text software.

maggiso Wed 15-Feb-17 14:59:48

We had one- presumably an early edition. But Ds (who has general LD - so not particularly interested in reading at the time, and in a sen setting) could not cope with it as it required very precise manual skills. He (now a teenager)loves the speech writer on his IPhone as he can send texts to his friends!

Userone1 Thu 16-Feb-17 23:26:36

Ds's school use them and said they are brilliant.

Thanks to this thread, school have offered to let ds have a play with one!

zzzzz Fri 17-Feb-17 00:12:59

oooooh tell us what he thinks userone1 grin

the more I think about it the more I think it will really help ds.

Userone1 Fri 17-Feb-17 08:56:14

Will do. Ds's school said they were really helpful and lots of children use them (ds's school specialise in dyslexia)

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