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


Apps Sortable List

  • Inspiration Maps

    Compatibility: requires iPad (iPadOS 9.0 or later)

    Available first as a free trial, Inspiration Maps is an iPad app where users can create graphic organizers such as word webs or family trees, take notes, and import documents or audio clips from other platforms. Users can create their documents from scratch or build off of the provided templates. After creating the 5 documents allowed in the free trial, users can upgrade to the full version for $9.99 and be able to brainstorm, take notes and organize their schedule on unlimited documents.
  • Kidspiration Maps

    Compatibility: requires iPad (iPadOS 9.0 or later)

    Available first as a free trial, Kidspiration Maps is designed to help children ages 5-10 visually organize their thoughts to assist in learning vocabulary, math skills, writing and more. Kidspiration Maps features easy-to-use diagram creation, picture-to-text, audio playback of highlighted words or users can attach other audio clips such as instructions or import documents from other platforms. The free trial allows for the creation of 5 diagrams, after which users can upgrade to the full version ($9.99) for unlimited access to all of Kidspiration’s features.
  • MyTalkMobile

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and requires macOS 11.0 or later and an Apple M1 chip for mac. Also available on Android devices.

    A free 14 day trial of MyTalkMobile is available in the Google Play Store, after which it can be purchased for $99.99. MyTalkMobile is also available for purchase in the Apple App Store.

    MyTalkMobile is designed to allow for easy communication through multiple modalities including video, image, text-to-speech, audio and more. The user can customize the content, or download boards created by other users.
  • Articulation Station - Free

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

    Articulation Station teaches English consonant pronunciation through six different activities: flashcards, matching, two sentence activities and two story activities. Parents can track their child’s progress, listen to their audio recordings and customize word lists. Additionally, the app has a group feature that enables up to six children to play together.

    Certain sounds and content are only available if they are purchased individually, or by purchasing the Pro version.
  • Fun With Directions

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later for iPhone and iPod touch and requires macOS 11.0 or later and Apple M1 chip for mac

    While playing Fun With Directions children practice following both auditory and text instructions in a colorful animated environment. As the child progresses, the complexity of the directions increases. Parents can customize the method of instruction delivery, and can enable a feature where the child will have to verbally repeat the action they just performed.
  • First Phrases

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later for iPhone or iPod touch and requires macOS 11.0 or later and Apple M1 chip for mac

    First Phrases utilizes both visual and audio input to teach simple action phrases. Children interact with the app by selecting the illustrations and words that correspond to an action phrase. Then after they build the phrase, the phrase is read aloud and an animal performs the action. Next, kids can record themselves saying the phrase and watch as the animal repeats the action.

    Personalization options include which animal performs the action, recorded voice, and how many segments the phrases are divided into. First Phrases also allows for multiple profiles to be set up on one device, so parents can easily switch gameplay for different children without having to readjust the settings each time.
  • Choiceworks

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

    The Choiceworks app, has four main features each designed to help children with daily routines. With the Schedule Board, users can fully customize a schedule and a check off column so the child can mark each time they complete a task. Users may also opt to add timers to tasks. The Waiting Board includes a photo showing why the child is waiting, as well as a timer for the waiting period (optional), and shows possible activities the child can do while they wait. With the Feelings Board, children select how they feel, and are presented with different coping strategies to choose from. After the coping strategy, kids can then pick an activity to continue to help them feel better. Finally, the Feelings Scale allows for parents to track the feelings reported in the Feelings Board.

    Each of these features are fully customizable, so parents can upload custom photos, videos and audio to each activity or emotion, create multiple boards for different routines, and the boards can be saved, shared or printed. The app also allows for the creation of multiple profiles on one device.
  • Fuzzy Numbers

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and requires OS 4.1 or later for Android devices

    Available both in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store , Fuzzy Numbers is designed to foster intuitive number sense in children ages 3-5. During the game, children can explore number concepts, such as more/less, in four different fairy-tale settings. Parents are able to monitor the progress their child is making.
  • Dexteria Dots

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 13.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and requires macOS 11.0 or later and Apple M1 chip for Mac

    Dexteria Dots teaches basic arithmetic through simple interactive dot visuals. During gameplay, children are shown math problems and must combine or separate dots to solve those problems. The dots have four features: numeral, pips, color and size, which allow for different modes of identifying and processing the equation. As the child’s skill level increases, the features will disappear one at a time until they must solve problems only based on the size of the dots.
  • Todo Math

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch & OS 5.0 or later for Android devices

    Todo Math is free both in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Designed for kids in Pre-K through 2nd grade, Todo Math offers thousands of activities to keep students engaged with math. Through the activities, students are taught skills including counting, calculation, logic, geometry and telling time (clocks and calendars). Parents can choose from 7 different challenge levels for their child and the app offers a placement test if parents are unsure of which difficulty is right for their child. Additionally, Todo Math is aligned with the Common Core curriculum. With the free account, there is a limit on the number of daily activities that can be completed. Subscriptions are annual and pricey.
  • ModMath

    Compatibility: iPad (iPadOS 9.0 or later) and Mac (macOS 11.0 or later and Apple M1 chip)

    Mod Math uses digital graph paper and a customized keyboard to help teach children mathematical notation. In the app, students can write out and complete math problems of various complexity. Then upon completion they can save and print their work. Teachers can also create an account so students can share their in app work directly with them. There are some features, such as percentages, that must be purchased for a small amount.
  • Prodigy Math: Kids Game

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 12.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch & OS 5.0 or later for Android devices

    Prodigy Math Game is free both in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. In the game, children create a character to start a magical quest that teaches them math along the way, as they use their math skills to defeat monsters and explore new areas. The game’s algorithm adjusts the difficulty of the challenges to meet the student at their level and hints are available if needed. Parents can create a parent account to track the progress of their child. Prodigy Math Game is also compatible with the state-level curricula.
  • Rainbow Sentences

    Compatibility: iPad (iPadOS 12.1 or later) and Mac (macOS 11.0 or later and Apple M1 chip)

    Rainbow Sentences assists as students in learning how to construct grammatical sentences by color coding the different parts of the sentence. As the students build the sentences, the words are read aloud and pictures are included to assist in comprehension. The color coding and difficulty can be adjusted to meet the needs of the child. Students can also record their own sentences to practice correct construction and identification of different sentence parts.
  • Writing Wizard

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.3 or later on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

    Writing Wizard for Kids is designed to teach handwriting to early education aged children through interactive tracing activities, animations and worksheets. In order to meet the child at their level, parents can adjust the difficulty of the activities either by importing external word lists, or altering the original app lists and letter size. Children can learn to trace shapes, numbers, letters and words in multiple different fonts while also learning phonics for the letters and words. Parents can track the progress and activities completed by their child.

    There is also a free version of this app in the Play Store for Android devices (OS 4.0+), but the features are limited to 8 letters, 8 words, 8 numbers, all shapes, and you cannot import external words.
  • In this free app, Leo the Lion teaches the basics of multiplication before putting them to the test. Compared to other multiplication apps, this puts a much greater emphasis on teaching the topic rather than just testing and practice. Once children have mastered the lessons, they are put to test in the form of a race between Leo the Lion and an animal competitor. Teachers and parents can also engage with this app in the say-it-aloud activity, where there is a pause for a response after a math question. In-app purchases are available to unlock more difficult times tables. This app is available for Apple on the App Store.
  • Epic! is the leading digital library for kids, with access to over 25,000 resources, including ebooks, audiobooks, learning videos, and quizzes. Designed for ages 12 and under, Epic! provides a fun way to engage in reading. Free for both iPhone and iPad, children can explore and learn in a whole new way.!-books-for-kids/id719219382?mt=8
  • Storyboard That is an online tool that allows users to create engaging and creative storyboards, for both educational and entertainment purposes. Creating storyboards is great for school projects, and teachers can use this resource for reinforcing ideas to ESL and students with disabilities. The website provides a variety of customizable templates for teachers that are ready to export or present in minutes. Storyboard That also provides an extensive image library and special tools that make the website easy to use, while also being compatible with iPad and Android.

    Learn more about Storyboard That and start your own Storyboard on their website.
  • Teen and Adults Phonics, also known as TAP, has introduced an app that is a library of novels written for teenagers and adults with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Their stories are fully decodable, meaning that they include a cumulative phonic progression meant to build readers’ confidence and capabilities. Additionally, there is a decodability tool and 7 different levels of reading. The app is free to download exclusively for iPad, and full access to each book is available for $2.99 USD. You can read more about TAP here.

    Download for iPad through the iTunes store.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

    The Leo app specializes in recording and transcription, all in real time for the user’s benefit. This app is especially designed for individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, giving them the tools they need to succeed. The app transcribes voice to text, helping to get thoughts to written words faster and easier. Once recorded, all transcripts are saved and backed up so that you can go back through them later on. To reduce confusion, there is a calendar organization system built in, as well as the ability to edit and customize your recordings. Overall, the simplicity and easy to use aspects are some of the most appealing for this app, along with its ability to perform real-time transcription for a long period of time.

    You can get the Leo- Recorder and Transcription app for $8.99 at the iTunes App store here.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    The A+ Spelling Test is a free app that helps students master new vocabulary words that is catered to their own needs. The app allows a parent, teacher, or older student create a customized list of words for the child to spell. There are over 400 pre-made lists with over 6,300 words already built-in the app for easy set-up. Once the list is created, the student can choose from a variety of activities to learn the words including Practice, Unscramble, Ace It, and Test. These four activities are easy to use and great for any child learning to spell. In addition, this app allows you to track the child’s progress and submit his or her results through email to a teacher or other adult.