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 Recent Additions

  • 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

    Web Browser
  • 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.
    iPad
  • 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.

    iPhone
  • 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.
    Art
    iPhone
  • 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.

    iPad
  • ER Browser - $0.99

    Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires iOS 7.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

    This app is a web browser that allows the user to change the style of web pages to make them easier to read. The user can change the background color, fonts, text size, and more.

    iPhone
  • Make Sentences - Free

    Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Also compatible with Android devices 2.2 and up.

    This app teaches children how to form simple sentences from a series of scattered words.

    Android
  • 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.

    Android
  • Learn to Read, Write and Spell - Free

    Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

    This app teaches advanced reading and spelling skills to children and adults who struggle in those areas.

    iPad
  • Alphabet Keyboard - $5.32

    Compatible with Android devices 4.0 and up.

    This app helps with spelling and promotes faster learning in the early school years. Uppercase and lowercase letters are shown on the same key on the keyboard, and vowels and consonants are differentiated by red and blue keys, respectively.

    Android