Does your child hate writing? Discover 5 free dysgraphia apps and tools to help.
If handwriting and getting thoughts on paper is a continual struggle for your child, it is possible your child has dysgraphia, a learning difference or learning disability that affects a student’s ability to write, among other things.
In our family, we have been finding ways to work around dysgraphia since 2nd grade. Fortunately, there are few tools and apps that have made a difference.
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5 Dysgraphia Apps and Tools
In the early days, Dragon was the only text-to-speech game in town, but thankfully iPhones and iPads along with updated operating systems have made text-to-speech more accessible and usable.
When we first started using it on our iPad, it was a struggle. When you have dysgraphia, your hands and your brain can’t keep up with each other. By focusing on one skill–content– rather than three — handwriting, spelling, and content– you can pave the way to success.
You can use text-to-speech on the iPad in nearly any program by using the microphone button on the keyboard.
At first, especially with young voices, go slow. You might only say a few words or a sentence at a time as you learn to use the tool. Over time you will improve.
Text-to-speech can be used with Notes, Google, or Microsoft Word as well as many other programs to enhance writing.
2. Predictive text/Ghotit
The predictive text feature in iPad/iPhone is another lifesaver for us. By suggesting words that match what my son is trying to type it speeds up his content creation and cuts down on spelling errors and frustrations. Learn how to enable it here.
Ghotit is another dysgraphia tool that takes this skill to the next level. They have a variety of products that include predictive text, spelling and grammar checkers and more. Also, they have tools for Windows and Mac as well as mobile devices.
Grammarly is another useful dysgraphia app that helps with spelling but also larger grammar issues that dysgraphic students may miss as they focus on content rather than mechanics. Also, Grammarly can be added to your browser for free and includes basic spelling and grammar checks. You can also use the Grammarly Keyboard for texting or the app or program for use more widely on your computer.
The upgraded premium version includes:
- Punctuation and contextual spelling checker
- Style and document-specific checks (business, academic, etc.)
- Sentence structure checker
- Vocabulary enhancement
- Plagiarism detection
It is like having an English teacher reading over your shoulder pointing out areas where you can improve your writing.
ModMath is a free iPad app for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia to be able to complete math work by typing. Using a grid and typing symbols (including algebraic symbols), the app can be a game-changer.
- Print out the work pages to turn in at school, upload to DropBox, or send worksheets via e-mail, or text.
- Provides students with a pencil-free platform for doing basic arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as more complex math assignments.
ModMath is not a calculator and does not compute answers, but it gives students a way to get numbers down to work with them without using a pencil.
Learn more about ModMath.
Evernote is one of several online note-taking apps. Some of the benefits of these are the ability to photograph worksheets to type answers directly onto blanks. Also, you can photograph and store pictures of whiteboards and book pages in your own designated “notebooks” for easy recall.
Evernote can be synced across devices as well allowing you access to notes and other items wherever you may be working. Helpful for those with executive function issues!