This list features my favourite tools for dyslexia. Everything I list, I have had experience with and would never recommend anything that I don’t love myself.
Whether you’re looking for speech-to-text readers, workbooks, coloured overlays, games or flashcards, this list has it all covered. It caters to kids of all ages and I have tried to include some fun resources as well.
So… onwards with my top 15 tools for dyslexia: (please note, to open each link in a new tab, click on the link in the description)
Coloured overlays are a great option for any kids who struggle with black font on white paper. This is common for children with dyslexia and easily solved. For full A4 sheets, click here (or the photo link below) and click here for smaller paragraph overlays.
Guided reading strips
Guided reading strips enable to reader to focus on the sentence they are reading and not get distracted by other words on the page. Focusing on small parts of the text at one time is particularly important for any kids who describe the letters on the page as ‘dancing’ ‘moving’ or ‘blurring’. The 25-piece collection found here is great as for adding fun to reading and ideal for early readers (5-7 year olds). However the 16-piece collection is perfect for slightly older children (8-10 year olds)
Desktop pocket chart and chart cards
Kids with dyslexia struggle with phonics. This is well documented and while there are many tools for dyslexia to help, the best technique to use is the Orton Gillingham approach. (You can find out more about this technique here). Charts and chart cards will significantly help your child as it is a visual learning tool; and when combined with auditory learning, multi-sensory learning techniques are acheived. To order the desktop chart click here. For the chart cards, click here and also here.
This C-Pen reader
The C-Pen Reader is essentially a scanner in pen form. It displays definitions of words as well as reading the text aloud with the primary goal of supporting children (and adults) with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. To use, it is as simple as running the pen across printed text. To order a C-Pen Reader, click here or the link below.
The English language is hard enough to grasp. When you add dyslexia to the mix, it can seem like an impossible feat! Children with dyslexia learn differently. As I mentioned above, using a multi-sensory learning technique, they are far more likely to remember certain grammar rules. For visual learners, these flashcards are a great way to learn homophones (words that sound the same but are spelt differently). Click here to order set 1 and/or set 2 today.
Games, games, games
Learning through play is one of the best options at home. If your child is at school all day, sometimes the thought of coming home to study more is overwhelming. However, if they come home to an hour or so of games with the family, they will be far more receptive. The games I’ve listed here are great fun and help with reading and spelling. However the list of appropriate games is endless. To order Zingo, click here. To order Word Swat, click here. For a classic game of Boggle, click here.
Finally, another way to make learning fun is through the use of workbooks. There are so many to choose from, however I’ve just listed these two as Ella has had fun (and success) with them both. Click here and here to order now or click on the photo links below.
I hope this list of the top tools for dyslexia has been useful. Through the right support and some fun along the way, there is no reason for dyslexia to stop your child from becoming anything they want to. I wrote this list of possible careers to inspire our kids. The future is so exciting.
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