Technology for Multisensory Learning

Everybody is an individual, it is important to know that different software suits different people. In other words just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will work for you. For this reason you should try the software before buying it.

Word Processing

The spelling and grammar features in Microsoft Word help with spelling errors and sentence structure.

Speech Recognition

Sounds like a dream come true? (for many dyslexic people it is). Dragon Naturally Speaking allows the user to speak into a microphone and the software puts it onto the screen. The software works very well, however, it is important to know that it may not be for everybody.

Text to Speech

Texhelp (Read & Write Gold) and Kurzweil 3000 can convert text from Microsoft Word, Internet, E-mails etc to the spoken word.
Also, both programmes can be very useful for scanning books and then having them read aloud back to the user.

Word Prediction

Texthelp (Read & Write Gold) and Kurzweil 3000 can also predict the user’s sentences. This is done when the first couple of words are entered into a document. The software predicts what the user is thinking and brings up a list of suggestions.

Mind Mapping

Software such as Inspiration enables the user to build a mindmap on the computer, complete with colour pictures and text.

Study Skills

Kurzweil 3000 and Texthelp (Read & Write Gold) have advanced features that many students find very useful for study skills.

Other Useful Aids and Software designed to help

  • Lexia Strategies For Older Students
  • Issues in English 2
  • Dictaphones and Digital recorders can help with meetings, lectures and reminders to listen to later.
  • Electronic Speaking Dictionaries: The Franklin is a small calculator sized aid which helps the user by speaking back the words inputted into it.