Reading is essential in today’s world, from reading instructions on a test or a job application, to reading legal documents and safety information. Dyslexia can make reading even the simplest document incredibly frustrating for students. Without proper interventions, these students may struggle to read their whole lives, making it more likely they will end up in poverty or the criminal justice system.
My son was diagnosed with dyslexia in fourth grade. I homeschool him, and I understand first-hand how hard it is to watch your child struggle day after day. I also tutor several other students with dyslexia.
These are my tech essentials for teaching dyslexic students:
1) Reading Horizons: I first found out about this tool from Mary Ann Sutherland’s blog, Homeschooling with Dyslexia. Since my son is a little older, I wanted to find something he could interact with independently, without my guidance. It’s a digital curriculum that uses a special marking system to teach letter sounds and groupings. It allows students to work at their own pace and select reading passages that appeal to their individual interests.