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Is the iPad Good or Bad for Dyslexic Children?


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Will the new iPad help or hinder dyslexic children to improve their literacy skills?

This is a good question – a bit of a tricky one to answer – but a good one nevertheless.

At Dyslexic Brian we love any technology that encourages dyslexic children to develop their literacy skills whilst having fun – and we feel that the iPad will do this job nicely.

A great feature on the iPad is its onscreen keypad that looks so, so, sooooo touchable – who wouldn’t want to tap away all day on those gorgeous looking keys?!

We are going to check out if any touch typing tutorial type applications are available for the iPad – we’re guessing that there are – in which case if you’re dyslexic and lucky enough to have an iPad already, then download a touch typing Application and start learning to touch type in style!

[N.B. from Antonio’s experience as a dyslexia support tutor, and from his experience of overcoming his own dyslexia, he has noticed just how quickly dyslexic people start making significant improvements with their spellings once they have learnt to touch type.]

We feel that every opportunity should be taken to encourage dyslexic children to improve their literacy skills using tools that are up to date and relevant within modern society. Why teach children, dyslexic and non-dyslexic alike, to learn to write using pen and paper anyway, when they most probably will never come into contact with these antiquated tools again by the time they leave school?

Shouldn’t we, within the context of the supper charged IT era that we live in, be teaching children to read and write using cutting edge technology (i.e. on iPad’s and/or anything else that is equivalent to it)?

In fact, there have been some suggestions that ‘rather than view the iPad as something between a laptop and a smartphone–something people have potentially little need for–Apple should position its new device as ‘the actual replacement for paper.’  Click here to view source

Unfortunately, we can’t see pen and paper being replaced by advance technology for a very long time to come.

Ok that’s enough of a rant about current educational practices for now!

Let’s get back to the question in hand…

We believe that using an iPad will, without a doubt, help dyslexic children to improve their literacy skills – providing – that they are encouraged to play an equal amount of literacy type games to the fun type games that we are sure the iPad has in store for us.

And, one of the great features of the iPad is the iBook application where you can buy books, read them and then put them away on your very own bookshelf – it looks really good and will hopeful encourage children to read more – well that is if the books aren’t to expensive to download.

All in all we love the iPad and hope, now that we have sang lot’s of praise for it, that Apple will send Dyslexic Brian one in the post tomorrow – please Apple please!!!!!!!

Click here to watch a good video review that we came across on Youtube – its funny!


'Is the iPad Good or Bad for Dyslexic Children?' have 14 comments

  1. April 24, 2012 @ 8:22 pm Mike

    Help!! I am dyslexic as is my 8 year old son. I have just bought an ipad 3 to try and help him and give him the advantage I never had as well as helping me with my own writing / dictation work. Can anyone advise me what apps there are to help both myself and my son. I need something to inspire him probably in game format as well as dictation. I know the ipad has dictation but I’m trying to understand it myself.

  2. February 26, 2012 @ 8:37 pm Will

    I am caring for a dyslexic girl who can only speak spanish (latin american spanish). Does anyone know if I can get an iPad that would have a text to voice feature for the spanish language? Are there apps available for spanish speaking dyslexics? HELP!

  3. November 20, 2011 @ 4:18 pm Kimberley Hort

    Surely a question like good or bad does not take into account how it’s used and the myriad of experiences people have with it. My first thought, however, is that the cost makes it fairly inaccesible.

  4. November 18, 2011 @ 10:35 pm Tim

    I work in health care, use an iPad everyday, it is brilliant, apps for medicine, dragon dictation and pages, for letters, I wish I had this when I was at school,

  5. November 17, 2011 @ 3:18 pm Jason Oliver

    I think it is great! I have Dyslexia, and I was part of a trial group to try out the ipad 2. I have been using Dragon speech-to-text program of about 20 years now. So I remeber the days were it took weeks to get the program to work right. Dragon on the ipad work great right out of the box!!!!!! If anyone would like a full report just email me. I would to talk to anyone that has question. Ipad is also great for Autism.

  6. November 15, 2011 @ 8:47 am Jenny

    My 9 year old son has just been diagnosed with dyslexia. He is in grade 3 and will be going into grade 4 next year. I have been advised to purchase software which will aid his learning, such as textease and ginger spell. I can’t see these as apps on the ipad. Is there other programs which are available as apps and will do the same job – ie: automatically spellcheck words as spelt by someone with dyslexia, and also provide text to speech capabilities? I am trying to decide whether a laptop or an ipad would be of more benefit. I am especially interested in comments from other parents or, better yet, young people who have dyslexia and use the apps available on ipad. Thanks.

  7. January 29, 2011 @ 11:33 pm Liz

    I’m in 8th grade and I have dyslexia and an iPad it differently has awesome features that help me a lot like when you select a word you have the option to use the dictionary to find out what it means. Also if you spell a word wrong it has automatic or selected word correction. There are many awesome apps that help a lot like The Elements, World Factbook, The Solar system, Wolframn Alpha algebra, istudiez pro, Brain Pop, 3D cell, Dragon Dictation, Audiotorium, Mathboard, Penultimate, iBooks,vbooks and the recommended dictionary for dyslexia Collins Cobuild Dictionary. The iPad is way more portable and has more securiety options like the ability to use mobile me to shut it off if it gets stolen and also through mobile me the ability to find it if it’s misplacen or lost.Its also a lot more portable and less distracting to other students. My iPad is also a great assignment book because when I enter my assignments into inclass it pops up when I turn it on it also sends me and my mom an email so I can’t procrastinate. If you think about all the amazing things it can do its cheaper than a laptop. The dictionary which cost around 15-16 dollars cost 6-7 dollars with more features. Dragon Dictaion on a computer cost 100 dollars on an ipad it’s free. Also schools get a $50 discount at apple or on there website.

  8. November 15, 2010 @ 12:07 am Sol

    Hi all,

    Sandra, could you tell us abit more about the text to speech function on iPad? Can you personalise the voice or what is it like?
    My son is going into high school and someone suggested a kindle, so he could scan his assignments
    into a file, load it onto kindle and have it convert to speech. Would the iPad do this as well do you know?
    And has anyone any recommendations for specialised spell checkers? Do we know if they work on the iPad yet?
    My son finds vowels impossible so the usual spell checks never work for him.
    Any tips anyone?

    Thanks

  9. October 16, 2010 @ 5:38 am Sandra

    I have an iPad for my grade 5 dyslexic son. (I’m actually using it now!) there has for sure been an improvement. We have free apps such as SPELL THAT! , dragon dictTion, dragon search, ace multiply , mathboard,, plus countless books in iBooks with the text to speech shortcut key. The bright clean screen, the fewer words per page and only seeing one page at a time has been immensely helpful. I highly recommend it.

    We organize his work in ihomework.

    With regards to his courses in school, we look up the topics he is doing in iBooks and buy simpler books with pictures ( such as magnets) so he can understAnd the material, yet be able to read it in an easier format. The school has great too.

  10. July 14, 2010 @ 7:02 pm Jo

    I believe they should send an iPad to about 50 dyslexic children and find out the truth through experience. My child would love to have one. She has been through many dyslexic programs and would welcome any new concept. She is entering 6th grade.

  11. June 1, 2010 @ 9:03 pm Emily

    I think the iPad will help children and adults with dyslexia, just as it will help everyone across the board. I think the iPad is a true game changer in education. I have a few articles on my blog that you can read about the iPad’s general use in education. The most popular article is six ways the ipad will transform education. Check it out and leave some feedback. Thanks.

  12. March 23, 2010 @ 5:33 am leanne

    I have only just found out about dyslexia.
    When i was at school i hated the PC.
    When i went to college i started to use macs and found them so much easier and got top marks for the course.
    i find the mac layout so much easier and cleaner the ipad will be great for children to move and find folders etc.

  13. February 7, 2010 @ 10:53 pm Ruby Hawk

    I certainly hope it will help but I think children should still work with paper and pen. I believe it aids their reading skills.
    RubyHawk

  14. February 7, 2010 @ 1:23 am Trevor M.

    I think the iPad will help children and adults with dyslexia, just as it will help everyone across the board. I think the iPad is a true game changer in education. I have a few articles on my blog that you can read about the iPad’s general use in education.


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