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Teaching children with dyslexia? Our dyslexia apps for parents and teachers will help you introduce the joys of reading to children who have this learning difficulty.

Check our Special Education Apps section for more apps for children with special needs and learning disabilities, including Autism, Down syndrome, AAC and social skills.

Kids with dyslexia needs to have confidence in order to learn and overcome their difficulties. Because they have experienced failure, deep down they don’t believe they are capable of learning. Few tips to the readers are help them to re-establish their self-confidence, provide them the opportunity to succeed and praise them for small achievements.

If you are the parent or teacher of a child with dyslexia, or are dyslexic yourself, you are probably already aware that there is no shortage of information, advice and apps claiming to be useful to people with dyslexia. We've included some apps below that we hope you will find useful when supporting pupils with dyslexia or dysgraphia.

    Visual Reading-Special Education is a targeted program to support learners with special educational needs and associated learning difficulties. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles are used to engage children in reading. 

    Devices: Android

    Easy Dyslexia Aid is a dyslexia only version of the Easy Spelling Aid application. The app helps with the spelling of problematic words with the aid of special dyslexic font options and background colour combinations.

    Devices: iOS

    Dyslexia Test & Tips is an app that helps you quickly identify dyslexia and create a profile of the person being tested. This app is meant for children, students and adults either with dyslexia or where there is a chance of dyslexia. You can take the test yourself or as a teacher, parent, family member or colleague, help someone you think could possibly be dyslexic to take the test. 

    Devices: Android,iOS

    Dyslexia Tool Kit offers tricks, tips and stories that will inspire and help people with Dyslexia. It is also a great tool for parents and teachers with dyslexic children. Written by a dyslexic for the dyslexic student.    Dyslexia Tool Kit is for ages 10 -21 years old. It is designed by a dyslexic for a dyslexic.  Dyslexia Tool Kit is broken into two parts – emotional side and tricks and tools.  The app is tailored for the audio, visual and kinaesthetic learner. This app provides many options and personal stories to motivate the dyslexic child. The app is also very interactive to keep his or her attention.

    Devices: iOS

    Phonics Genius is a customizable flashcard-style app designed to help kids identify letter sounds and their relationship to words and has just about every conceivable phonetic combination presented in a high quality and completely enjoyable way. Phonics Genius is a great resource for building phonemic awareness and is best for kids who are emergent readers with previous reading experience. 

    Devices: iOS

    Starfall ABCs is a solid early-learning app with a thorough approach to presenting the alphabet to preschoolers. Kids hear the sounds of each letter repeated often and can both hear and see how each letter is used in words. Each word has some cute animations they can trigger, followed by interactive games such as puzzles and mazes, as well as chances to see words used in sentences.

    Devices: iOS

    FirstWords: Deluxe is a fun and educational app with all universal letters and a words game for young children that includes five sections, animals or vehicles as well as shapes, colors and words around the house, making this a great app for object recognition and the building of vocabulary as well as the learning of letters and the concept of spelling.

    Devices: iOS

    Dyslexia Quest is a game-based quest designed to help assess your child's memory and listening skills. It helps point parents in the right direction since it serves as a basic skills screener to identify strengths and weaknesses. It uses games to assess a child's strengths and weakness in the following areas: working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual sequential order, auditory sequential memory, and visual memory.   It is divided into six games that each take about 10 minutes to play. If you have a child who struggles with distractibility, it may be best to play this app in increments to get the best results. Activities are divided into three levels: Elementary, middle-high school and adult. The goal is to assess working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual sequential memory, and visual memory. Upon completion of each adventure, you're given scores and details about your strengths and weaknesses. Kids are inherently motivated to complete each of the quests whereas the score keeping and gaming nature provide incentive for users to retry levels in order to improve their standing. 

    Devices: iOS

    Spell Better will help English language learners focus on expressing their thoughts in written English. The app offers word predictions based on the words students have typed and offers spelling suggestions for misspelled words. For additional assistance, students may use the built-in dictionary and speak tool to help them select appropriate words for their writing. Although this app was not developed specifically for English language learners, it is the perfect tool to help them develop their English writing skills. The specific features we love include: context based word predictions, spell check, a speak feature to pronounce words and phrases, a built-in dictionary, and the ability to email or copy the created text.  

    Devices: iOS

    Intro to Letters is designed to help kids learn letters and letter sounds and also learn to trace, read, write, and record letter sounds, names, and phonograms, based on the proven methodology of Montessori. It's particularly useful for kids who need extra help, such as special needs students. Designed to help kids learn letters and letter sounds, Intro to Letters, by Montessorium  is focused and clean, without animation, rewards, or other gimmicks. Kids trace letters with their fingers and hear the letter names and sounds in an activity that mimics Montessori sandpaper letters. The app includes upper and lower case letters, as well as 15 two-letter phonograms. Kids can also record the letter sounds and names if their devices are equipped with microphones.

    Devices: iOS