Low and Mid-level Technology Interventions for Writing

The items listed on the handouts for reading and writing technologies for dyslexics are examples of software and hardware that are offered in each category.  There are many products on the market that have many features equal to the products I have listed.  The products listed are examples that meet the criteria to be successful for dyslexic individuals and that I have used personally and professionally with other dyslexic individuals.

Talking word processing can help a dyslexic individual read back their typed work, edit it and choose the correct spelling corrections on a typical spellcheck list.  Often this can be a simple and sometimes more inexpensive support to help a writer be successful. 

PLEASE NOTE: These apps and products are not endorsed by my employer, this website is an independent resource.  This is simply a list of apps that have been tried by therapists and teachers who have rated them highly. 

For iPad apps that provide Assistive Writing support CLICK HERE

Supports that can be helpful --
    -    Highlighting words when being read back to the listener
    -    Screen reading outside the word processor (e.g., e-mail, web, and other applications)

Talking Word Processors --
Write:Outloud 6 by Don Johnston (www.donjohnston.com)

WordQ (www.goqsoftware.com)

Talking Word Processor (www.readingmadeez.com)

Ginger (gingersoftware.com) -- grammar and spelling
checker for all applications on a PC computer

Screen Readers --
Word Talk -- FREE plug-in for Microsoft Word (www.wordtalk.org.uk)
For other FREE screen readers check (http://www.dyslexia.com/helpread.htm)


Word prediction is an intelligent program that helps a dyslexic by guessing what the individual is attempting to spell with a suggestion list. This can help when a traditional spell checker is not effective and cannot guess the correct spelling.  Most often the computer can be set to read the choice list out loud to help the writer make the correct choice.

Supports that can be helpful --
    -    Ability to utilize the word prediction choice list in multiple environments (standard word processors, web browsers, e-mail, etc.)
    -    Homophone support for confusing words, such as there, they’re, their

Word Prediction --

WordQ 3 (www.goqsoftware.com)

Co-Writer 6 (donjohnston.com)

Read and Write (texthelp.com)

ClaroRead (claroread.com)

Often, typed assignments can be more legible and easier to edit with the support of talking word processing or word prediction pre-installed on the device or downloaded onto the computer.  Portable keyboarding devices have little to no start-up time, are made to be light and easy to use, and have very long battery life.  

Supports that can be helpful --
    -    Study/organization aids such as a calendar for homework  

    -    Wireless or Bluetooth sync with a computer

Extra applications: typing tutors, dictionary, etc.

Portable Keyboarding Devices --
The Neo -- Text-to-speech and word prediction options (www.alphasmart.com)

The Writer or Forte  -- Word prediction, many software supports such as a thesaurus and a typing tutor, and Spanish to English dictionary                    (http://www.writerlearning.com)

The Fusion -- Word prediction, text-to-speech optional, many organizational tools and typing tutor (www.writerlearning.com)