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.
The spelling and grammar features in Microsoft Word help with spelling errors and sentence structure.
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.
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.
Software such as Inspiration enables the user to build a mindmap on the computer, complete with colour pictures and text.
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.