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7 Creative Writing Tools for Dyslexic Kids

7 Creative Writing Tools for Dyslexic Kids

7 Creative Writing Tools for Dyslexic Kids

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. It makes it difficult for people to deal with certain language skills, especially writing and reading. And, unfortunately, around 10% of people in the UK have dyslexia. So, if your kid is one of those people, you should start looking for interesting and effective ways to help them. Luckily, there are creative tools that can help kids with dyslexia.

To help you out, we’ve created a list of 7 creative writing tools for dyslexic kids. Just keep reading to learn about the interesting methods for helping your kid deal with this learning difficulty.

Let’s take a closer look.

1.     Crazy Cursive Letter

When you’re trying to help your kids with dyslexia improve their writing skills, you should try to make it fun for them. Learning gamification should be one of your choices and Crazy Cursive Letters is an app that can help.

It’s designed for kids 6-8 and here’s what it offers:

  • practicing cursive
  • practicing word-forming
  • physically tracing over letters
  • letters are sounded out phonetically

Kids can play the game, improve their cursive writing, and add their own words. It’s fun, educational, and very effective.

2.     Speechnotes

Kids want to be in charge of their learning and writing process, and they can be with the Speechnotes app. The app is very simple to use, so even the younger kids will master it in minutes.

Here’s how dyslexic kids can benefit from the app:

  • they say words or short phrases
  • the app spells it out and types it for them
  • they can try rewriting it letter by letter

Kids can have fun saying phrases that come to their mind, and having them typed out immediately. It’s the perfect spelling assistant for dyslexic kids to rely on and learn from.

3.     Montessori Words

Another brilliant app that helps dyslexic kids practice learning the phonetics of letters, spelling and writing is the Montessori Words app.

It’s another gamified app that allows kids to:

  • build words from blocks of letters
  • hear the sound of each letter
  • build the words they’re assigned or words they come up with

The app is simple to use and has a colorful, fun layout, sound effects, and great design. Your kid will love using it to practice spelling and writing.

4.     Mind Mapping

Helping your kids write means helping them organize their thoughts and turn them into words. Mind mapping is a method many parents use to help their dyslexic kids prepare for a writing practice session.

Mind mapping is a visual representation of ideas. Here’s how it works:

  • the main idea is in the center bubble in the middle of the page
  • supporting ideas are surrounding the main bubble, each in their own bubble

For dyslexic kids, you could instruct them to draw the ideas that are in the bubbles, to make the preparation step easier. Once they create their mind map, they’ll be attempting to write about the ideas from each of the bubbles.

This way, children only need to focus on writing, since the ideas are already defined and prepared. It takes some burden off their shoulders and helps them find their focus.

5.     Dyslexia Quest

Another highly appreciated and popular app for helping children deal with writing and reading problems is the Dyslexia Quest. The app is a fun way for children to deal with the issues caused by dyslexia, and practice overcoming them.

The fun aspect of it will make sure your kids listen to you and accept practicing writing without complaining.

The app offers help with:

  • working memory
  • phonological awareness
  • visual and auditory memory
  • sequencing skills

By playing this game, children slowly progress and work on polishing the skills that will help them write better.

6.     Audio Books

When your kid is dealing with dyslexia, and finding it hard to read and write on their own, you could consider using the help of an audiobook. Audiobooks will provide the help they need to follow the reading materials at their own pace and even practice writing afterward.

Here’s what we suggest:

  • buy a printed copy of a children’s book
  • find the same audiobook online
  • play it for your child and have them follow along in their printed copy at the same time

This way, they’ll be able to pause, repeat, and slow down whenever they feel the need to. After successfully reading a short segment of the book, they can try and copy it on a separate piece of paper.

7.     Basic Spell Checker

For older kids who’ve already acquired certain writing skills, a basic spell checker you can find online can be extremely helpful.

Allow them to type the text directly into the spell checker like Grammarly, and it will automatically find and mark their spelling mistakes. They can revise the mistake, see the correct spelling and attempt to make it right.

Plus, an online writing service such as Get Good Grade can help dyslexic kids with writing more demanding pieces of text. It can assess and proofread a larger piece of written content and give feedback to your kids on how they did.

Final Thoughts

Dyslexia is a learning disability but it allows you to work on it and improve your skills in time. It’s important that you give your best to help your kids learn and practice writing creatively and make baby steps in their progress.

Hopefully, the creative writing tools we’ve shared above will make it easier for you to help your kids learn easier and better. Use the tools you like the most and see how your kids improve their writing skills with them.

 

Jessica Fender is a professional writer and educational blogger. Jessica enjoys sharing her ideas to make writing and learning fun.