Dyslexia - Texthelp's Read&Write GOLD
Texthelp's Read&Write GOLD software takes the form of an easy-to-use toolbar. Children can use the software in school and at home to help with their reading and writing skills.
Help with Reading
Read&Write GOLD reads text aloud and highlights each word as it is spoken. The high quality voices are human sounding and customisable. Paper documents can be scanned into a variety of formats, and then can be read aloud using text-to-speech. Screen tinting options are also available to assist with tracking and prevent glare from the screen.
The talking dictionary in Read&Write GOLD allows pupils to find definitions of words quickly and easily. It also provides alternative words to help pupils expand their vocabulary. The picture dictionary provides a visual image to identify the meaning of an unknown word.
The verb checker provides verb tables for more than 1,500 verbs and helps pupils find the correct verb conjugation. The word prediction tool also improves accuracy by suggesting words as the pupil is writing.
Help with Writing
Read&Write GOLD solves complex spelling and homophone errors, including phonetic mistakes. Dictionary definitions are provided allowing pupils to learn from their errors whilst improving the quality of their work.
Read&Write GOLD has excellent study skills tools to assist any pupil to fulfil research projects independently. Pupils can store images and text from the web into their Fact Folder, and use it to organise their material, before producing a Word document with an automatic bibliography included. The Fact Mapper is an easy way of getting ideas down quickly by brainstorming them into a mind map.
Read&Write GOLD promotes flexible learning by converting text into sound files, allowing pupils to access information on the move. This is an excellent tool for slower readers. The software can be used both in School and at home.
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For more general help dealing with Dyslexia the BDA website contains lots of useful information for parents of children with dyslexia including some key steps that should be taken:
- . Speak to the class teacher (primary) or head of year (secondary).
- . Contact your local dyslexia association.
- . Make an appointment with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at your child's school.
- . Individual Education Plan.
- . Getting an assessment by an educational psychologist.
- . Discuss the assessment report with the school.
More information is available at: BDA