Why IT for Dyslexics?

Achieve Now is about enabling dyslexic children to reach their full academic potential, and one of the most powerful and innovative ways of doing this is through the use of dedicated IT tools. Here are a few reasons why they are so effective for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities:

  • Within a class of up to 30 it is hard for a teacher to pitch a lesson on a level that meets everyone’s needs. But with IT, each child can work on their own individual program to help them fill the specific gaps in their knowledge.
  • There is no need to waste time on something that is already understood.
  • Most IT solutions begin with an individual needs assessment. For a parent or teacher to carry out a similar assessment themselves would be very time consuming, but with technology they need only stay in the vicinity, available to answer questions.
  • If a child is struggling to understand something, they can do the same lesson over and over again without having to admit to a whole class that they don’t understand.  
  • IT is MUCH cheaper than paying for dyslexia-trained staff. They are totally worth the money, but few of us can afford them on a daily basis. When consistency is essential for learning to be reinforced and for children to develop good habits, it’s easy to see how IT has the advantage.
  • In addition to the previous point, it is much easier to schedule a lesson with a laptop or iPad than a tutor with conflicting schedules and travel time restrictions.
  • IT lessons are portable and can be done when and wherever suitable, for example on an iPad in the car.
  • IT packages follow a logical and tailored lesson structure, taking the pressure off parents and teachers to find suitable lessons for each child’s changing needs.
  • Often IT packages involve playing games to learn, so children do actually enjoy them. As expected, it then becomes easier to persuade a child to play a ‘computer game’ than to work through a textbook.
  • With IT, the computer is the one setting the child homework, so the parent doesn’t have to be the ‘bad guy’ nagging their child.
  • Good products include ‘rewards’ that children are eager to earn. This reduces the need to bribe children to do them.
  • Rather than having to look over a child’s shoulder to help correct mistakes, you are free to assist other children. This is because the computer prompts, marks and corrects by itself.
  • Ideally, one IT solution can be used both at home and at school. This reinforces learning, and enables parents and teachers to work in partnership.
  • With IT, everything is recorded and most packages give excellent feedback so they provide a better understanding of a child’s abilities and progress.

Head over to the blog (not available yet, but coming soon) to read more about Caroline’s experiences with IT for dyslexia.