Dyslexia can affect your ability to read, write, and speak. This dyslexia visualizer is one way to understand how someone with dyslexia may experience words on a page.
Brain scans show that dyslexia affects how the brain processes language, with certain areas not activating like they do in others. People with dyslexia may also not be able to connect letters to sounds, making both reading and speaking more difficult.
The severity of dyslexia varies, with some people overcoming it, but others will carry it with them through college and into their professional careers, where they will have to manage it in their own way.
For those who dyslexia who have avoided writing or aren’t sure how to improve, here are some tools that may help with becoming a better writer.
Turn Speech Into Text
Those with dyslexia may benefit from dictating using a speech-to-text application. People with dyslexia can be well-spoken and have many thoughts in their head but struggle to get them down on the page. Dictating thoughts out loud is a good way to get thoughts out with fewer hurdles.
Likewise, when writing, someone who is dyslexic may find their writing to be incomplete, with misspelled words or ideas missing where they clearly intended to write them. With speech-to-text tools, the speaker can go back and reflect on what is written and hopefully develop phonemic awareness and sound-symbol correspondence. As a result, this may help them to become better readers and writers.
Google Docs has this feature built into the PC, Android, Apple, and Mac versions of their writing software. Learn how to activate it here.
Try a Phonics App
Phone apps developed with dyslexic people in mind may be one method that may help you. While not a guarantee for everyone, the fact that you can get these lessons on your phone and try them without needing to attend a classroom or consult an in-person instructor is both more economical and convenient.
Read Phonics Books
Some people don’t have adequate knowledge of using apps or a high degree of computer literacy. These people still have options in print. Phonics books can kids and adults are designed to make reading easier and to help readers to make a connection between letters and words, and the sounds they make so that reading, writing, and learning become easier.
Use Writing Editors
When dyslexic people write, they may struggle to avoid grammatical mistakes or missing words. Word editors may help to work as a supplemental aid for other tools and conventional exercises. Programs like ProWritingAid talks about how dyslexic people in their community have benefited from the analysis tools that can help to identify not only grammatical errors but also missing words, poor sentence placement, and other issues – aiding confidence and quality of their work.
Seek Professional Help
Sometimes you don’t know where to start to get help, or you try going it alone and get stuck. Using resources with programs developed for dyslexia people can be a good jumping off point. Check out these resources to learn more.
Dyslexia is a disorder that affects each person differently. If you think you or someone you know has it, there are resources available to help. Don’t let this disorder prevent you from enjoying the craft of writing.