Best dyslexia and learning disabilities apps
The following is an meticulously organized list of apps that may be helpful to individuals with dyslexia, parents of dyslexics, or the professionals who work with dyslexics (teachers, tutors, reading specialists, etc.).
We carefully consider each app before we add it, ensuring that it claims to help dyslexics in ways that are in line with the evidence on how to help dyslexics. In other words, we add apps that aid with the cognitive processes used in speaking, reading, spelling, and writing, but we do not add apps that are visual aids for reading, because evidence shows that dyslexia is not a visual disability
- Developer: Clara Bayarri
- Compatibility: iOS | Android (beta phase)
- Language | English & Spanish
Dyseggxia (Piruletras in its Spanish version) is a mobile game that helps children with dyslexia overcome their reading and writing problems by the means of fun word games. All exercises in Dyseggxia have been scientifically designed to target reading and writing errors specific for dyslexic children.
The exercises have been evaluated by a group of users with dyslexia and are targeted to help improve difficulties caused by dyslexia. To do so, we have combined current pedagogical strategies with the results of an analysis of written errors made by children with dislexia.
- More than 5,000 different exercises (2,500 for English and 2,500 for Spanish).
- Five difficulty levels: initial, easy, medium, hard and expert. These have been designed according to word frequency, word length, morphological complexity of the word, and the number of similar words in language.
- Exercises in Spanish and English.
- Graphics showing the learning evolution.
- Accessories to customize your penguin.
- Each level contains several exercises from 6 types:
- Insertion: a letter is missing in a word and must be inserted from the available answers.
- Omission: there is an extra letter in the word that must be deleted.
- Substitution: there is a wrong letter in the word that must be changed by one of the possible answers.
- Derivation: the user is presented with several possible endings to a word and must chose the correct option.
- Sentence separation: several words are put together, and the user must identify the breaking points between words.
- Transposition: the syllables or letters of a word are presented in disorderly, and the user must arrange them properly.
- Dyseggxia now includes exercises both in Spanish and English! Easily choose the language you want to play with in the home screen.
The letters and i
- Developer: Sandia Publishing SCP
- Compatibility: iOS 1,99€| Android 1,99€
- Language| Spanish
To solve a problem, you must first know its origin. “The letters and I” is an interactive story adapted for iOS and Android. kids will understand about dyslexia. Also parents, to understand the reason for the difficulties experienced by children with dyslexia.
- Developer: Special iApps
- Compatibility: iOS $13,99| Android $13,99
- Language | 19 languages
Special Words teaches children to recognize written and spoken words, and encourages their speech development, using pictures and sounds. Play alongside your child at a pace suited to their ability. A range of settings allows you to configure the app and adjust as your child develops.
- Suitable for use at home, preschool, school, and in therapy sessions
- 4 games matching pictures, words, words to pictures and pictures to words
- 96 pictures and words with choice of font and lower or upper case letters
- Personalize by reordering, deleting and adding your own words, pictures and audio
- Settings options include shuffling cards, controlling use of audio, editing and rewards
- Synchronize to your other Apple mobile devices and between home and school
- Transfer resources to and from our Special Stories app
- Developer: Fundación Orange
- Compatibility: iOS | Android
- Language | Spanish
Follow Me is an educational tool to promote and enhance the development of visual-perceptual and cognitive processes and building visual access to the meaning of words, in people with autistic spectrum disorder and associated intellectual disabilities.
This project gives meaning and guides the intervention to be conducted with people who do not have access to reading and writing, because their perceptual capabilities – visual cognitive is not allowed.
Six phases ranging from basal stimulation to acquire meaning from videos, photographs, drawings and pictograms are presented, including in the final stages of categorization and association activities through games.
- Developer: For Dyslexia
- Compatibility: iOS 3,59€ | Android 0,79€
- Language | English
Phonemes are the smallest units of sound in language and are an important step for learning how to read. Children will learn the most common phoneme of each letter of the alphabet with Alphabetics.
Alphabetics is now includes illustrations for older children, but if you are struggling with beginning reading skills, it can be used at any age.
ForDyslexia has done its best to assure the effectiveness of the app by consulting scientific and educational experts in the field of dyslexia. We are especially grateful to the mentorship provided by Dr. Guinevere Eden, Immediate Past President of the International Dyslexia Association and Director of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University.
What is taught:
•The shape and principal sound of each letter of the alphabet.
How it is taught:
•Through a series of simple games, children will hear, trace, pronounce and identify the letters. The letters are introduced in 6 small sets. After they complete a series of multisensory exercises, they are quizzed on their understanding of the concepts and it is recorded in the Progress Report in the Parents Zone.
How teachers and parents can use the app:
•Through individualized Progress Reports teachers and parents can monitor what children have learned for each letter of the alphabet and how long it has taken them to master them.
This app is appropriate to use with children who have dyslexia because, as Margaret Byrd Rawson, former President of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), put so well:
“Dyslexic students need a different approach to learning language from that employed in most classrooms. They need to be taught, slowly and thoroughly, the basic elements of their language—the sounds and the letters which represent them—and how to put these together and take them apart. They have to have lots of practice in having their writing hands, eyes, ears, and voices working together for conscious organization and retention of their learning.”