Friday, June 10, 2011

Can you imagine what it is like to have the letters moving on a page?

What is it like to have the letters moving on a page? I'm currently working with a student that is having difficulty reading. As I begin to explore and ask her questions about what is making it hard for her to read, she actually said the words on the page are moving. She has particular trouble with two letter words such as 'is' and 'in'-especially if they follow each other in a line. When I asked her about this, she said she looks at the 'i' in the word 'is' and this makes it difficult to read the next word which is 'in' and she starts reading the final letter 'n'.
The product here, 'Dragon Speak' is fantastic. We have this product in my school where I work, and it helps the students that have difficulty writing stories. The speech-to-text software enables students to dictate their stories and command the computer with their voice.
Also, take a look at the next YouTube clip about Dyslexia. It gives you some idea what it might be like to see words moving around on the page.

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