Apps for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities

The following is an extensive and meticulously organized list of apps that may be helpful to individuals with dyslexia, parents of dyslexics, or the professionals who work with dyslexics (teachers, tutors, reading specialists, etc.). We carefully consider each app before we add it, ensuring that it claims to help dyslexics in ways that are in line with the evidence on how to help dyslexics. In other words, we add apps that aid with the cognitive processes used in speaking, reading, spelling, and writing, but we do not add apps that are visual aids for reading, because evidence shows that dyslexia is not a visual disability. If you are looking for a specific app, please type its name in the search bar above. If you have questions about our apps list or would like to suggest we add or remove an app, please email us at dyslexiahelp@umich.edu.

 

Most Recently Additions

  • Lectio
    Lectio is mobile application built to encourage independent reading for students with language related learning disabilities. Developed by the mother of a dyslexic, Lectio is an application for iPhone and iPad that quickly allows the user to snap a picture of a text-filled page and have a specific word or words read aloud. The application doesn’t require access to internet, and allows the user to select just the word he or she wants help with, instead of reading the entire passage out loud. Once the picture is taken, words on the page that are in Lectio’s extensive dictionary will appear highlighted in yellow, and the user can simply tap the single word they want read aloud—or can hold down his or her finger to view a definition of the word. This application is designed as a quick and personalized aid to reading in classrooms, at home, and out in the community. Watch a video here of the mother and son duo showcasing the application, or visit Lectio at the App Store.
  • Mystery Word Town

    Build spelling confidence with a mystery

    News Bulletin: The Huevos Rancheros Gang stole the gold and they are hiding out amongst the good citizens of Word Town.

    Your Mission: Help the sheriff, a friendly and curious little ghost, recover the missing gold and catch the outlaws.

    Find the letters you need to solve the word puzzles

    • Spelling practice integrated with a rich, immersive game experience
    • Record your own words and make your own custom word lists
    • Unlimited user accounts - create your own avatar and save your game progress
    • 3 skill levels and 2 game modes provide a highly customizable and flexible learning experience for a range of ages
    • Optional audio hints speak the words from the selected word list
    • Visual hints provide scaffolding for difficult words
    • Quirky characters and backstory are revealed as you recover the missing gold and capture the outlaws
    • Promotes strategic and critical thinking
  • Easy Spelling Aid

    Easy Spelling Aid is a tool to help you spell problematic words. Simply touch the microphone button, say the word or phrase, and receive the correct spelling, displayed in your chosen writing style. The software is designed to recognize a variety of accents and is fine-tuned to pick up on children’s voices. Easy Spelling Aid is suitable for students of all ages.

    Easy Spelling Aid Benefits:

    • Improves literacy performance and spelling
    • Helps with comprehension and vocabulary
    • Gives children and adults alike a quick and easy way to find out the spelling of a word without relying on a parent or teacher. As a result, creative thought processes are interrupted less often, allowing for greater creative flow
    • Helps children learn homophones and understand word usage by using context to determine the correct spelling of a word
    • Assists children and students to become independent writers
    • Develops recognition and correct spelling of words in their appropriate context (for example, they’re, their, there)
    • Features a History Log with saved spelling results, including translations
    Spelling
  • Originally a story book (available on Amazon here), Blue Hat, Green Hat is an application for iPad and tablets that introduces kids to early reading skills in a way that keeps them learning and laughing. The interactive ebook, designed for ages 5 and under, lets users dress an animated turkey and see him and his friends go on silly adventures. As a user drags an article of clothing and places it on the turkey, the clothing’s description is displayed on the screen, highlighted, and read aloud. For example, if a red hat is dragged onto the turkey’s head, the phrase “red hat” will appear on the screen and each word will be highlighted individually as the narrator speaks. After the turkey is dressed and ready to go, the child can get a laugh out of manipulating the character’s adventure with the touch of the “OOPS!” button. The ebook also comes with the choice to take away the narrative voice so users can have a hand at reading through the ebook by his or herself.

    The interactive ebook Blue Hat, Green Hat is available at the Google Play store and AppStore.
    Preschool, Reading
  • SightWords

    SightWords free and printable materials are designed to promote learning in the classroom and also at home. They have recently introduced a great new curriculum for teaching Phonemic Awareness (also called Pre-Phonics) to children.

    The site's features include:

    • A Curriculum covering the full range of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
    • Classroom-tested Lessons based on the latest research, complete with “how-to” videos
    • Printable picture cards, word lists, and game boards
    • Teaching Tips for tailoring games to the specific needs of your students
  • Ghotit Real Writer assists people with dyslexia and dysgraphia in their English writing and text correction.

    The application corrects badly spelled words, confused words, homophones, grammar, and punctuation like no other writing assistance tool and offers advanced word prediction with grammar and phonetics awareness capabilities.

    The main features:
    - Phonetic and context-sensitive spell checker;
    - Word-Prediction with grammar and phonetics awareness;
    - Quick-Spell Word-Prediction with instant correction for creative/phonetic writers;
    - Advanced grammar and punctuation corrector;
    - Effective proofreader;
    - Speak as you write (speech feedback);
    - Reading assistance with dual highlighting;
    - Independent text editor;
    - Importing and sharing of text with other iPad applications;
    - Integrated dictionaries;
    - US, UK, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African English dictionaries;
    - AirPrint compatible.
  • Write in Style – Powered by Gerlingo
    Write in Style is every writer’s best friend. Smart text prediction helps you write in selectable styles, fast and without typos. Writers and bloggers can write in the style of their favorite authors. How would Jane Austen finish this sentence? How would the president phrase the next few words? Write in Style has the answers!

    Write in Style combines the gray text suggestions known from search engines with the simplicity of a free text area. As you write, the next few words are always predicted and laid out in front of you. Arrow keys help you find fitting alternatives and when you’re done, you can export the text directly to your email or wherever you need it.

    The best thing is that you can select from a variety of topics, styles and languages to get suggestions fitting your needs:
    Available styles: W. Shakespeare, J. Austen, F. Nietzsche, F. Kafka, A. Dumas
    Available languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Catalan, Danish
    Available topics: Political Speech, Basic.

    Writing
  • Promptoo...The Actor's Toolkit. Bringing the actor's script into the 21st century.

    The app help actors to read and learn a script in a more time effective way, specialising in the needs of actors suffering from reading disabilities such as Dyslexia, Aspergers, Autism and Irlen Syndrome, to help neutralise their difficulties with reading, learning and rehearsing text.

    Promptoo is a valuable aid for any actor, it allows you to customise the entire script; from changing each characters font to adding notes, Promptoo can even read out your script, making learning and rehearsing on your own an easier task.
  • Spy Sam Reading Series - Free

    Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 7.0 or later.

    Created by a doctor to help his son learn to read, this multi-book adventure starts with a few simple words on each page. Gradually the simplistic cartoon façade falls away to reveal a thought-provoking plot that champions loyalty and determination. You can also download books 2 and 3.

  • Play & Learn LANGUAGES - Free

    Compatible with Android devices 4.0 and up.

    Use this fun flash card app to learn new words and new languages—all while having fun. Available languages are English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Hindi, Arabic, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Turkish, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, and Thai.